There are several reasons that people in Illinois may start thinking about ending their marriages. For some, a divorce is the result of a difference of opinion over having children. For others, money may play a large role in marital problems. In fact, according to a recent survey, financial issues may play a key role in the dissolution of a marriage.
When Illinois couples go through a divorce, their attorneys work with them to divide their assets and personal belongings as fairly as possible. Sometimes the divorcing spouses’ emotional attachment to a particular item or pet sparks heated arguments that must be resolved in court, but in most cases, the former spouses are able to reach an agreement.
Ending a marriage can be a difficult and confusing time. In addition to the emotions involved, there are Illinois laws that govern the way that marital property is divided. It is important for spouses who are going through a divorce understand their rights to certain property. As the divorce rate for people 50 and older has doubled, retirement funds are an essential part of property division that should not be overlooked.
When many people envision a custody battle, they likely picture two biological parents going through a divorce, arguing over who gets more time with the children. In Illinois and elsewhere throughout the country, that is not always the case. A child custody dispute can involve other relatives and interested parties. As one recent incident illustrates, it could even involve the government.
For many couples in Illinois, the decision to get a divorce is not one that is easily made. No matter what level of income or assets is at stake, a separation in Illinois usually entails property division. Couples should go into divorce proceedings with even a basic knowledge of how taxes may come into play in order to ensure that they are receiving what they are legally due.