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When going through a divorce, people have to make important financial decisions while experiencing a lot of emotional stress at the same time.  This can lead to a lot of mistakes that often times come back to haunt them later on in life.  According to EIN News, one of the largest contributors to financial problems after divorce is simply a lack of information.  More often than not, only one spouse in a marriage is responsible for financial matters.  Because of this, the other spouse is often not very practiced in making financial decisions, and could potentially be taken advantage of when making negotiations.  This can easily be avoided by making sure both parties are aware of the couple’s financial status and sharing responsibilities when it comes to real estate, retirement accounts and pensions, stocks, or vehicles, among others.

Another serious mistake that is often made during a divorce is not budgeting.  In a typical marriage, both the husband and the wife are accustomed to living off of the salaries of two people.  When they make the split, they must change their lifestyles to accommodate the new restrictions and lower income. This involves a lot of budgeting and cutting back, which sometimes people forget to consider and carry out.

A third common mistake is the fact that many people, while going through divorce, do not plan for the long-term future, but rather want to be done with the entire ordeal as quickly as possible.  Because of this, people make hasty, poorly informed decisions.  This can sometimes cause future problems with property division and retirement needs.

Posted on in Divorce

Recently, there was a presentation of speakers about the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of divorce at Divorce University.

One speaker said that divorce is 80 percent emotional, 10 percent financial, and 10 percent legal.

Many recently divorced people also spoke throughout the day. One woman spoke of her ex’s attorney, “(he) was very nasty to me, it really bothered me.”

It is now possible to take court-ordered parenting classes online in Cook County, reports the Chicago Tribune. Cook County Circuit Court started the program on November 13. According to the Illinois law, judges have to in most divorce cases order parents with underage children to take a parenting education course. Before the launch of the program, the parenting course was only offered in a traditional classroom setting. Similar programs are already in use, for example, in DuPage and Kane counties.

The purpose of the program, which is called Children in Between Online, is to address the effects of divorce and separation on children. Thanks to the program, parents will no longer miss work to attend a parenting class. Parenting education is an important way to "help families going through child custody proceedings to achieve positive outcomes,” according to Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

The online program helps parents and children to learn skills that changes the way they interact.

It is not always easy to get away from an abusive relationship, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. Victims of domestic violence must be prepared emotionally and financially before they can break away from a violent relationship, which can be difficult in many ways.

Fear is often a big factor in not getting out of a volatile relationship, experts say. Domestic violence should be viewed differently in our society so that there is no shame for abuse victims. Many times victims are believed to have caused the abuse by doing something where as in truth the blame lies solely on the violent spouse.

Before ending a violent relationship, it is a good idea for victims to develop a backup plan, which can include provisions for housing, child care and employment. The more resources victims have at their disposal, the easier it is to leave and break away. "If a woman has very little money and nowhere to go, moving out can be very difficult and a stumbling block,” according to April Zeoli, assistant professor at Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice.

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Representative Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from Tennessee, was ordered to release his divorce records on the eve of his election. These records were likely to be another set back to his campaign, as they might shed light on his extra-marital affairs with his patients. Allegedly, he wrote prescriptions to his girlfriends, who were also patients, and more recently, there was a supposed attempt of him to persuade one mistress to have an abortion. These records were asked to be released by the Tennessee Democratic Party after The Huffington Post revealed transcript from a phone conversation in 2000 in which DesJarlais had pressured his mistress to get an abortion. He later commented, saying he did not believe that she was pregnant and was just trying to call her bluff.

Following the release, another patient came forward, sharing details of her personal time spent with DesJarlais. A lawyer for the Democrats told the judge that they wanted all documents relating to allegations that the patient made about prescriptions she received from the doctor and any drug use with him.

Before these issues were brought to the public’s attention, the anti-abortion, family-values Republican was well on his way to beat out Democratic state senator Eric Stewart. At the hearing, it was made apparent that some of the documents from DesJarlais’ divorce had not been sealed and it was unclear why they had not been previously released. It was also made known that some of the important documents were missing. As the cause for that was also unclear, the Democrats’ lawyers called for an investigation.

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