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Why putting off divorce is not always a good idea

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, April 7, 2016. When Illinois residents contemplate ending their marriages, it is not uncommon for them to take significant amounts of time before they actually file their petitions. In some cases, people who spend time thinking about divorcing are…

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Illinois divorcees may benefit from clear parenting plans

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Illinois couples who get divorced and who have young children need to take their parenting plans into careful consideration first. Even when these plans fail to work as originally intended, they may be useful fall-back documents…

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Determining how to handle a divorce in Illinois

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Divorce Mediation on Friday, March 11, 2016. Illinois residents who are contemplating a divorce have a few options for how to handle it. When a couple cannot agree on certain issues, like custody or asset division, the divorce will need to be litigated…

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How child support is taxed

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Parents in Illinois and throughout the country do not always receive the total amount of child support that they are supposed to. In 2013, $32.9 billion was owed around the U.S., but only $22.5 billion was…

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Child support agreements and custodial parents

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Support on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Parents facing divorce in Illinois should be aware of the issue of child support. Raising children can be expensive. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion states it can cost…

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Child support rights for fathers

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Support on Thursday, January 28, 2016. After divorce, a custodial parent in Illinois may find that child support can be a sticky issue. The idea of mothers having primary custody and being entitled to child support is more familiar, but in a…

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The benefits of family mediation

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Divorce Mediation on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. There are many reasons why a conflict may emerge between Illinois family members. However, if the situation cannot be resolved, it may be a good idea to seek mediation. It can be an alternative to therapy…

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Successful co-parenting after divorce

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 7, 2016. For Illinois parents, divorce isn’t the end of their relationship with their ex, but rather the start of a new one built around raising their children together while living apart. Some parents find this new arrangement…

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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith divorce

Illinois fans of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith may have known that the couple was divorcing. On Dec. 4, that divorce was finalized after nearly 20 years of marriage and about a year and a half after they publicly announced their split. Banderas will pay Griffith $65,000 per month in spousal support for a…

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Determining property values during a divorce

When a couple in Illinois decides to get a divorce, they must decide how they will split marital property. Part of determining how to divide their joint assets may depend on how much they are worth. The first step toward getting a property valuation is having an independent appraiser give his or her professional opinion….

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Gifts vs. Loans in Divorce

Many married couples receive financial assistance or assets from their family members. If the parties file for divorce, how should these assets be classified and divided by the court? Illinois excludes property acquired by gift from a third party from the marital estate, because these gifts are not earned by the efforts of marital partnership….

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Avoiding custody battles in Illinois

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. When parents get divorced, they may be tempted to engage in a negative and time-consuming child custody battle. However, in most cases, shared parenting is in the best interest of any children that at couple has….

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