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Eavesdropping Law Protects Private Conversations in Divorce

All too often, divorcing couples believe that nearly anything is fair game in divorce. Quite the opposite is true, however. In fact, there are many types of communication and conversation that are protected by law. One prime example is the eavesdropping law that protects private conversations. The following information can help you better understand the difference between public communications in divorce and conversations that are considered private and protected under Illinois state law. 

Military Divorce: Ending Your Marriage While One Spouse is Active Duty

Being in the military does not make you immune to divorce. In fact, statistics from 2011 indicate that the overall rate of divorce among military personnel is at about 3.7 percent. What does it mean, though, to end your marriage while in active duty? How are things like your pension, child-related matters, and real estate affected? Will spousal support be a factor? All things are variable, depending on your circumstances, but the following information can provide you with some of the basics on divorce while in active duty. 

Dissipation of Assets in Divorce - What is It and What Can You Do?

For some couples, the path to divorce is fairly peaceable. They know their marriage is ending, may even remain friends, and simply want to move on with their lives. For others, the process is contentious. They may bicker over seemingly trivial issues because they feel hurt or betrayed. One or both parties may seem greedy, petty, or spiteful. Such divorces can become so ugly that things - assets, money, furniture, artwork, and other things of value - start to disappear. This is known as a dissipation of assets. 

How to Pursue Unpaid or Overdue Child Support Payments in Illinois

Child support may seem like a burden to some payers, but receiving parents know the truth. That monthly allotment can make all the difference in the world. It can help to offset the expense of raising a child, and may even help to ensure there is enough money for extracurricular activities, medical bills, or tuition. What do you do, though, when the child's other parent is not paying their court-ordered child support? There are actually a number of options - some of which may be more favorable than others. The following information explains further. 

Learn Ways to Raise Your Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness

Every state in America has different laws to prevent domestic violence. However, what all states have in common is that they come together to spread Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October.

Divorce Basics: Gifts, Loans, and the Shared Marital Estate

Couples often receive financial assistance, support, or start-up from family members. Unfortunately, deciding how to account for that financial contribution can be rather complicated if a divorce does occur. There are some ways to work through it, however, and it all starts with determining whether the contribution was a gift or a loan. How do the courts do this, exactly? The following information explains. 

No Prenuptial Agreement? You Can Still Protect Your Assets in Divorce

Couples who enter marriage with (or expect to have) a great deal of income typically opt for a prenuptial agreement to protect their assets, should a divorce occur. This is not always the case, however. Some fail to take that extra step, possibly because they are turned off by the lack of romanticism in creating a prenuptial agreement. Still others may have simply been so caught up in the newness of their marriage that they honestly did not foresee divorce. Yet, divorce does happen. Does that mean the situation is hopeless, that you cannot protect your assets? Not necessarily. 

Is Retirement Age Too Late for a Divorce?

Society tends to think of divorce as a "younger" generation issue - one that plagues couples who jumped in too fast, failed to discuss the important details, or were unable to weather life's storms together. Yet, this is not the case. In fact, statistics indicate that the rate of divorce for couples over the age of 50 has more than doubled over the last two decades. Does this mean they are too late for divorce? Is it possible that they have found some sort of secret fountain of youth? Or are these couples simply embracing retirement by making a fresh, new start? 

Divorce and Your Child's College Savings

With the ever-increasing cost of college tuition, more and more parents are giving their child a head-start by saving for their future education. Unfortunately, if those parents are married and then later divorce, there may be some concerns over what will happen to those funds. For example, if your spouse has difficulty managing money and then gets ownership of the account, the savings plan could be at risk. Alternatively, you may be concerned over what might happen if your spouse later remarries or has more children, if your child's savings would be used to pay for another's tuition. 

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