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Wheaton divorce lawyersPets have increasingly become grounds for contention in divorce - so much so that many states (Illinois included) have begun to adopt laws regarding the “custody” of pets. Though they may be unable to entirely eliminate the issues that may arise in a high-contention pet custody case, these new laws give pet owners more power when advocating for their animal’s well-being. Learn more about how you can handle pet custody issues in both contentious and non-contentious divorces, and discover how the aid of a seasoned divorce attorney can help ease the entire process. 

Creating a Pet Custody Agreement 

Pets have become beloved family members for most Americans, and some couples treat them more like children than animals. Sadly, they cannot express their feelings or wishes during a divorce. Instead, the matter of custody is left up to the pet owners, and while the law does make provisions for custody, the guidelines are nowhere near as comprehensive as the ones for child-related matters. No “plan” exists. Owners must come up with their own. A few matters to consider when crafting yours might include:

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Illinois divorce lawyersYou may have years, perhaps even decades until your retirement, but you are going through a divorce, the time to start thinking about your nest egg is now! Often one of the more valuable assets in a marital estate, retirement and pension accounts are the primary source of contention in approximately 60 percent of all high-conflict divorces. It is also one of the most complex assets to divide in divorce, and mistakes are both costly and exceedingly common. Learn how to avoid them, and discover what a seasoned divorce attorney can do to help.

Retirement Plan Types - Why It Matters

Not all retirement plans are the same, especially when it comes to dividing them in a divorce. Pension plans and 401K plans must be divided using a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). This document, though based on the details of your divorce decree, is actually separate from your agreement, and it should be treated as such. It is a specialized legal area - and not all divorce attorneys have experience with them, so be diligent in your search for one. 

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Illinois divorce lawyersSince the recession, the number of female-run businesses in the United States has increased at a rate five times higher than all other corporations. Female-owned businesses have also seen the greatest revenue increase over that same time-period (35 percent increase in women-run businesses compared to 27 percent among all other U.S. businesses). Sadly, female entrepreneurs still have a major disadvantage in the business world: In divorce, female entrepreneurs typically assume far more risk than their male business-owning counterparts. Learn how you can protect your company and your financial future with the assistance of a seasoned, competent divorce lawyer. 

Is Your Spouse Entitled to a Portion of Your Company? 

Not all businesses may be divided in a divorce. Companies that are started prior to the marriage are not typically considered a marital asset, and they may not be divided in the divorce (unless marital money was co-mingled with company funds). However, the owner of the company may still owe their spouse a settlement or alimony if certain contributions were made (i.e. staying home with the children while the owner grew their business), even if the business is not to be split in the divorce. A seasoned attorney can help you determine if your business is a marital asset, and they can assist you in protecting it.

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Wheaton divorce lawyersIn an Illinois divorce, parties divide their assets in an equitable manner. However, not all items can be divided or split. Some items can also be difficult to value; art is a prime example. Learn more about how difficult-to-divide assets like artwork are divided in a divorce, and discover how a seasoned attorney can help to protect your financial future.

The Value of Art

Legally speaking, artwork purchased during the marriage is no different than any other valuable asset; it is appraised and receives a dollar value and is then added to the overall total of the marital estate. Parties can then either sell the artwork and split the proceeds in an equitable manner, or one party can “buy” the other out by offering other assets in lieu of the artwork. 

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Illinois divorce lawyersEven in the best of circumstances, divorce can be a massive undertaking. What happens, though, when you feel like you are dealing with the worst of circumstances? How do you handle a spouse that refuses to compromise during negotiations? What recourse do you have if you suspect asset hiding or depreciation during your divorce? 

Some parties choose to take such complex matters to litigation, but it is not the best option for everyone. Learn how to determine if litigation may be the most appropriate course for your Illinois divorce, and discover how the assistance of a seasoned and competent attorney can help to improve the outcome of your case, regardless of the path you chose. 

Negotiation versus Litigation 

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