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DuPage County divorce attorneysThe realization that your marriage is coming to an end can oftentimes be very difficult to cope with. While this can be true for some cases, a divorce can occasionally result in the individuals coming out much happier based on the promise of a fresh start. When a couple can work together and make compromises on divisions of assets, debt, property and other marital concerns, stress and anxiety can be relieved. It is critical to remember that if children are involved, their needs are more important than anything else, which should be reflected in the agreed upon parenting plan. The divorce process can all depend on how everything is managed, and an amicable outcome can be achieved if the spouses involved can follow these tips:

Tip #1: Do Not Act Inappropriately

Understanding that a divorce affects other people can help with perspective. The actions and emotions you display can have a lasting outcome on friends, family members, children, and the opposing spouse. Saying something that you might regret later could result in your peaceful separation falling apart. 

Coinciding with this, social media may seem like a good platform to vent your frustrations and anger, however this is not recommended. Taking into account all of the relevant factors, an inappropriate post could have severe consequences. It is not uncommon for social media posts to be presented as evidence in divorce cases, often to the detriment of the spouse who posted them.

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child support payments, child support laws, DuPage County family law attorney, Illinois divorce, child support lawyerParents are legally obligated to provide financial support for their children, whether they are married, unmarried, separated, or divorced. When parents do not live together, the non-custodial parent will typically pay child support to the custodial parent. However, determining the amount of support and the method of making payments can be a complicated matter. Consider the following tips on managing the ongoing payments that will ensure that your children have the financial support they need: 

  1. Understand the current child support laws - The method for calculating child support in Illinois changed in July 2017, and the amount of payments are now based on both parents’ incomes and the amount of parenting time they have with their children. When determining child support, be sure you understand the methods of calculating your support obligation. If you currently pay or receive child support, and the amount of support would change under the new law, you may be able to modify your child support order. However, the new law by itself is not a reason to make a modification; you must demonstrate that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original order was made.

  1. Make payments on time - It is important to pay child support as ordered, ensuring that payments are made in full when they are due. Failure to do so can result in serious consequences, including wage garnishment, loss of one’s driver’s license, and even jail time. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services provides free child support enforcement services, allowing a parent to collect child support they are owed through a variety of methods, including sending an Income Withholding Notice to the non-custodial parent’s employer. 

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