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When Should I Modify My Divorce Decree?

When Should I Modify My Divorce Decree...

At the end of a divorce case, the judge signs a document entitled “Final Decree of Divorce.” However, this document is not final in the sense that it is the last word on the subject. Most marriage dissolutions lie dormant for several years at a…

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From Green to Grey: Special Issues in Over-55 Divorces

From Green to Grey: Special Issues in ...

A generation ago, divorce over age 55 was almost unheard of. Many couples who drifted apart obtained “Irish divorces.” These couples remained legally married but lived separate lives, often including residence in different houses.  At about the same time Ireland legalized divorce, which was 1995,…

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Grey Divorce: A Closer Look

Grey Divorce: A Closer Look...

A generation ago, divorce over age 55 was practically unheard of. Many couples in this age bracket drifted apart and lived separate lives, sometimes even in separate households. The d-word was almost never a factor. However, the grey divorce rate has doubled since the 1990s.…

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Five Child Support Enforcement Techniques That Really Work

Five Child Support Enforcement Techniq...

Children should not be financially penalized when their parents get a divorce. So, in income share states like Illinois, child support payments help children have the same standard of living they would have had if their parents remain married.  That is the theory. Unfortunately, this…

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The Three Cs of Divorce Mediation

The Three Cs of Divorce Mediation...

Frequently, divorcing couples agree on broad issues, but they disagree on the specifics. In these situations, a professional mediator often helps bickering spouses and their attorneys find a middle ground. That is especially true if both parties are eager to avoid a court fight. Since…

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When Should I Modify a Child Support Obligation?

When Should I Modify a Child Support O...

Income change is the most common reason to seek a child support change. Most people change jobs about a dozen times during the course of a career. Almost all these changes involve salary changes. Even if the obligor or obligee stays put, annual salary reviews…

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