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Sharing a Family Business After Divorce in DuPage County

 Posted on December 15, 2022 in Divorce

DuPage County divorce attorneyDivorce can be difficult, but when splitting, selling, or liquidating a family business, divorce can be all the more emotionally overwhelming, costly, and prolonged. According to the Harvard Business Review, 70 percent of family businesses are either sold or go bankrupt before they can be passed down to a second generation. Even if a family business was inherited, dividing a family business in a divorce typically entails complex asset division as the marital assets could be commingled. If the divorce is acrimonious, for peace of mind, many divorcing spouses would rather sell their stake to one another or sell the business altogether.   

There are circumstances where it may be judicious to maintain and share a family business. For instance, if the divorcing spouses had created the family business together or if the family business is the family's sole income, it might be wise to sustain a professional relationship and carry on with the business. A family law attorney can help recruit professionals to evaluate a family business's worth and strategize for reasonable solutions in the client's best interest. 

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Disputes About a Child’s Religious Upbringing in DuPage County

 Posted on December 06, 2022 in Child Custody

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Divorced parents who observe different religions and share parenting time are usually permitted to raise their children in their preferred faith simultaneously. Infringing upon a parent's religious freedom is illegal. Still, disputes can arise, especially if one parent is more devout than the other or if the parents have different religious beliefs. If a conflict between the two parents occurs, there can be mitigating factors court use to align with one parent's wishes.  

Raising a child with religion can entail a myriad of conventions, such as dietary restrictions, weekly sabbath observance, holiday traditions, and religious education. A family law attorney who understands the sensitive nature of religion can negotiate and create an appropriate parenting plan that stipulates the tenets of the child's religious upbringing. Additionally, a family law attorney can enforce the parenting plan or draft a modification to the parenting plan. 

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Disputes About a Child’s Religious Upbringing in DuPage County

 Posted on December 06, 2022 in Child Custody

DuPage County family lawyer

Divorced parents who observe different religions and share parenting time are usually permitted to raise their children in their preferred faith simultaneously. Infringing upon a parent's religious freedom is illegal. Still, disputes can arise, especially if one parent is more devout than the other or if the parents have different religious beliefs. If a conflict between the two parents occurs, there can be mitigating factors court use to align with one parent's wishes.  

Raising a child with religion can entail a myriad of conventions, such as dietary restrictions, weekly sabbath observance, holiday traditions, and religious education. A family law attorney who understands the sensitive nature of religion can negotiate and create an appropriate parenting plan that stipulates the tenets of the child's religious upbringing. Additionally, a family law attorney can enforce the parenting plan or draft a modification to the parenting plan. 

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Asset Tracing in a DuPage County Divorce

 Posted on November 23, 2022 in Divorce

dupage county divorce lawyerHiding assets is a maneuver sometimes employed by a spouse engaged in a divorce, especially a contentious and complex high-net-worth one. Asset tracing is valuable property identification that a divorcing spouse wishes to uncover from the offending spouse. Concealing assets, like income, debt, and property, during divorce proceedings is illegal. Still, this deception is commonplace and usually infringes on the non-contributing spouse.

According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 31 percent of married couples have deceived their spouse about finances and property. An average of 58 percent hid money, 54 percent hid a purchase, and 30 percent hid financial statements or bills from their spouse.  An average of 34 percent surveyed have lied to their spouse about their income. A divorce attorney proficient at tracing assets can uncover hidden assets and help procure an equitable settlement. 

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Teen Driving and Child Custody Disputes in DuPage County 

 Posted on November 17, 2022 in Child Custody

Naperville parenting plan lawyerParents can naturally be filled with worry when their teenager starts to drive. From car accidents to carjackings, fearing for your teen's safety and the safety of their passengers can cause contention among divorced spouses. Inexperienced and distracted driving accounts for most car accidents. According to Kelley Blue Book, an automotive research company, more than 2,350 teens were killed in car accidents in 2019, accounting for 7 percent of all car crash fatalities. The majority of teen car crash deaths occur within six months after the teen secures a driver's license.

Sometimes the reality of your child eventually driving is not even contemplated during divorce proceedings. Parents may include whatever decisions they deem necessary in their parenting plan. To reduce the chances of conflict later in your co-parenting relationship, it may be a good idea to specify how and when your teenager will get his or her license and begin driving. 

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Political Disagreements and Child Custody Disputes in DuPage County

 Posted on November 15, 2022 in Child Custody

st. charles divorce lawyerChild custody disputes can sometimes mirror our current political climate, which is contentious, divisive, and turbulent. These disputes can become even more impassioned if the divorcing parents hold opposing political beliefs. Sometimes a parent may feel the other parent is indoctrinating their child with their own beliefs while vilifying the other parent because of their political views. Depending on the child’s age, a parent’s hostile political discourse can negatively impact the child’s relationship with the other parent and other family members and friends with opposing views. The argumentative and uncompromising political dissent can even impair the child’s conflict resolution skills.  

A child custody attorney adept at negotiation can help you create a cohesive parenting plan that describes each parent’s allocation of parenting time and parental responsibilities and addresses other important issues. Modifying a parenting plan is another feasible approach to promoting unity. 

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Custody Disputes of Child Traveling Internationally with Petitioning Parent

 Posted on November 04, 2022 in Child Custody

naperville child custody lawyerInternational travel is an exciting opportunity for anyone, especially a minor. The mind-expanding educational benefits offered by traveling abroad can be enriching and life-changing. A divorced parent may want to take their child on an international vacation to expose them to another culture, build memories, or even visit relatives. For a myriad of reasons, however, a parent may legally object to their ex-spouse from taking their child on an international trip. A child custody attorney proficient in parental responsibilities and parenting time can evaluate the terms of the divorce decree and strategize in resolving travel disputes. 

Five Common Reasons a Parent May Contest Child’s Travel Plans

The disputing parent may deny consent to an overseas trip out of genuine worry for the child’s safety and security. Sometimes, however, the disputing parent objects to their ex-spouse indulging their child on an international trip out of spite and envy. Depending on the conditions of the parenting plan, a contesting spouse may have no recourse but to grant permission. The following are common reasons a parent would object to an overseas vacation.  

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Parenting Disputes Involving TikTok in DuPage County

 Posted on October 26, 2022 in Child Custody

naperville child custody lawyerThe short-form video app TikTok features all-encompassing content such as pranks, dances, tricks, instructionals, and current affairs, ranging from 15 seconds to 10 minutes. These videos are created and posted by anyone with a TikTok account. Since its September 2016 inception, global users of TikTok have reached one billion, with 100 million in the United States alone. During the COVID-19 quarantine, TikTok's popularity exploded. 

According to a TikTok survey, nearly half of its users felt watching a video that lasted more than one minute long is too stressful as it challenges their ability to concentrate. One-third of TikTok's users watch videos at double the speed. Still, the average user spends nearly an hour and a half daily on TikTok, opening the app 17 times per day.  Suffice it to say, this highly immersive app can lead many children to squander their time which might be better spent engaging in other activities such as outdoor sports or homework. 

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Holiday Parenting Time Disputes in DuPage County

 Posted on October 18, 2022 in Child Custody

naperville child custody lawyerHolidays with customs and ceremonies are a time of annual celebration and enjoyment among family and friends. Some observe religious holidays, which are fundamental to spiritual reflection and family tradition. Others enjoy secular celebrations. Regardless of the type of celebration involved, divorced parents navigating parenting time during holidays and birthdays can sometimes experience anxiety and disputes. A parenting plan should always include strict specifications for parenting time during holidays and birthdays. 

If one parent feels holiday parenting time is inequitable, a family law attorney can negotiate and draft a modification to the parenting plan. A family law attorney can also help enforce a parenting plan.

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Paternity Rights in DuPage County

 Posted on October 11, 2022 in Paternity

dupage county paternity lawyerPaternity questions are not unprecedented in today's society. The famous pop culture catchphrase "You are the father" from The Maury Povich Show demonstrates the prevalence of paternity matters today. Establishing paternity is a legitimate issue involving unwed parents' rights and, most significantly, children's rights. If paternity is not determined, the biological father has no rights to parental responsibilities, including parenting time. Additionally, the child could be susceptible to adoption without the birth father's knowledge. Failure to verify paternity can also hinder the mother's right to shared parental responsibilities and child support. A family law attorney who understands the complexities of paternity law can help explain and advocate for parental rights.

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