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Is divorce seasonal?

There are certain times of year when you may feel like you hear about divorces more often in Illinois. Is this just your imagination or is it possible that divorce is seasonal? According to Live Science, there is some proof that divorce could be seasonal and it is linked to specific times of the year that coincide with periods where families often spend a lot of time together.

The two main times a year when divorce filings seem to be the highest are March and August. One thought is that both of these times fall after times when families are doing activities as a unit. March is right after the holiday season and before the summer season. August is right after the summer season and before the holiday season. It is thought many of these couples likely stayed together through the previous season to either see if things would work out or to wait before putting their families through the divorce process. It may also play into the financial aspect of divorce. Holidays and summer vacations can take a toll on your finances, so you may need a little time to recover and get yourself in the place you need to be in to file for divorce.

How can I cope with a difficult ex during a divorce?

A divorce is rarely ever an easy process. It becomes even more difficult when your ex does not want to cooperate. This can create tension and cause issues in and out of an Illinois courtroom, especially when you are trying to divide marital property. While you cannot do anything to make your ex more reasonable, there are some things you can do to help prevent him or her from causing further issues and to keep your divorce proceedings moving along.

The Huffington Pose recommends that you make good use of your divorce attorney by having him or her act as a mediator for communications. It is often much easier to just remove yourself from direct contact with someone who does not want to cooperate. It is more likely your ex will at least be civil with a neutral third party.

Appropriate recourse for interference with your parenting time

As an Illinois parent, there is nothing more important than preserving your relationship with your children. A divorce can bring certain challenges for you as a parent, but it is possible to pursue a final order that allows for regular parenting time and access in the lives of your kids. However, when the other parent refuses to abide by the terms of this legally binding order, it can cause problems. 

Parenting time interference is the intentional act of trying to prevent your kids from having a strong relationship with the other parent. If your ex is attempting to undermine your role and interfere with your parenting time, you have the right to seek legal recourse for these concerns. This is serious, and you can fight back.

When to request a modification to your alimony agreement

You have been divorced for quite some time and during the initial court proceedings, you and your ex reached an agreement that you would be paying a certain amount of alimony each month. However, recently circumstances have changed and now you feel the need to modify your agreement. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many people in Illinois to coordinate alimony agreements that work to the benefit of both parties. 

While paying alimony may have been the right decision at the outset of your divorce, if you or your spouse have encountered life changes, your agreement may no longer be as beneficial as it once was. In fact, you may be starting to feel as though you are being taken advantage of. According to Live About, there are several reasons why you may consider modifying the original agreement you made with your ex. Some of these reasons include the following:

  • The cost of living has increased and your spouse is requesting to be paid higher payments in accordance with the increase in his or her cost of living. 
  • Either you or your spouse has encountered financial difficulties due to an illness or the loss of job. You may also wish to modify the agreement if your ex is continuing to ask for more money despite the fact that your income remains unchanged. 
  • Your ex has received a new job or is making exponentially more than he or she was at the start of your divorce. The need for alimony may no longer be relevant.

Technology is changing the way the real estate market functions

Over the years, the way that people buy and sell property has become exponentially more efficient and effective as newer methods of transferring property have been discovered and modified. With an array of options for both buyers and sellers in Illinois, investing in or selling real estate has never been as easy as it is today. 

Recently, with the booming presence of the technology industry, the way real estate is bought and sold has become increasingly different. Reports indicate that current real estate sites are generating a surprising number of leads. In the year 2017, there were 86 million leads and of all of them, only one-fourth of them were initially contacted by a broker or agent. This statistic shows just how functional the real estate market has become and also shows that looking for properties has morphed into a leisure-like activity that many people enjoy doing. 

How can you effectively negotiate with creditors?

You are interested in starting to accumulate properties around Illinois to turn around and sell and to rent to some great tenants. Your decision will allow you to enjoy the income that results from maintaining ownership of properties and building your investment portfolio for real estate. However, in order to buy multiple properties, you are going to need a pretty significant line of credit. Fortunately, there are ways you can go about communicating with desired creditors to give yourself a winning chance at being allowed extra funds. 

According to Credit.com, when you are extended a line of credit, there may be times when circumstances make it difficult for you to make payments on time or uphold your end of the contract. If you are ever in this predicament, here are some things you can do to negotiate the terms of your contract: 

  • Abide by your budget: Create a budget for yourself and be aware of how much you can feasibly spend without putting yourself at risk. 
  • Utilize professionals: If you have a significant negotiation to make, consider asking a professional or financial advisor to assist you in negotiating new terms. 
  • Ask questions: When you are asking for a new line of credit, make sure you ask all of the questions you have. Take notes so you can reference them in the future. 
  • Make sure you get all of the contractual terms in writing for your own protection. 

Failing to pay child support could mean consequences for you

You have just been issued a recommendation for child support that you will be paying continuously to your ex-spouse in order to help provide for the cost of living of your children in Illinois. While you had planned on paying some money, the outcome was not what you had hoped for and you are being asked to pay more than you anticipated. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many divorcing couples to reach an amicable agreement in regards to the custody and care of their children. 

While you may be tempted to deny the request to pay and simply avoid making payments, doing so could actually create even more problems for you. In fact, it could jeopardize your ability to see your children altogether. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, some of the consequences you could experience if you choose not to pay child support includes the following:

  • Your credit could be affected if your child support debts are reported to credit bureaus.
  • Your income could be withheld.
  • Your tax refunds could be confiscated. 
  • Your passport could be denied, making traveling impossible.
  • You could be given a lien on your property. 

Reaching a better divorce order through mediation

When Illinois couples make the decision to divorce, they will have to address many difficult issues before the process is complete. For some couples, it is not possible to address issues such as child custody or property division without litigation, but that may not be the case with you and your spouse.

There are legal options available that allow you the ability to resolve issues without the need for litigation or a stressful court process. Through mediation, you can respectfully address divorce issues and move toward a sustainable final order. Before you move forward with any divorce-related decisions, you would be wise to consider the benefits of mediation.

Coordinating child visitation without compromising your sanity

Following your recent divorce in Illinois, you are now working hard to coordinate a functional child visitation agreement with your ex. Both of you agree that your children should have ample time with both parents so they can continue to forge strong relationships with each. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many divorcing couples to reach an amicable solution as they work together to create a child custody plan. 

Custody can be a tricky topic, especially if you and your ex live further away. Arranging time for your children to spend with you and your former spouse, determining where holidays will be spent and maintaining some type of boundary at the same time can be exhausting. Furthermore, if you are not careful, you may find your resources to be overextended in trying to be as flexible as possible. According to Parents.com, there are some general rules to follow to help you create a more positive parenting experience. Some of the things you can do include the following:

  • Be honest and realistic about your schedule. Do not be afraid to say no. 
  • Strive to see your ex as a great parent even if he or she was not an ideal partner.
  • Never speak ill about your ex in the presence of your children. 
  • Be selective about the issues you choose to bring up. 
  • Make time to listen to your children and get their input in making important decisions.

What do I do if a neighbor encroaches on my property?

Neighbors can often be great. In fact, you can make life long friendships just by getting to know your neighbors. However, other times, neighbors can be a real pain. This is especially true if your neighbor has built a fence or other structure on your property. Ideally, local ordinances in Illinois will help prevent this from happening, but sometimes things fall through the cracks. So, what can you do if your neighbor encroaches on your property?

The Chicago Tribune suggests first seeing if your neighbor obtained a proper permit or other required legal document prior to building the structure or fence. You can check this because it is public record. Then, you should confirm your property lines to make sure it is really over on your property.

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