DuPage County Hidden Assets Divorce AttorneyMany spouses find themselves at loggerheads during the asset division part of their divorce. The truth is that, no matter how well-intentioned they may be at the beginning of the process, spouses usually struggle to find a division of marital assets that feels fair. And it is not just couples who insist on fairness in their divorce; Illinois law requires assets to be divided equitably. 

Although frustration or anger during the asset division process may make spouses want to conceal assets from each other, doing so can carry serious consequences. If you are getting divorced and have considered hiding your assets, think again. Here are three major consequences that could be faced by someone who hides assets before or during a divorce. 

Contempt of Court and Perjury

If a spouse is in a deposition and lies about property ownership in front of a judge, the spouse can face several charges. Lying in court is called “perjury,” which is a punishable crime. A judge may also find the spouse to be in criminal contempt of court for impeding or obstructing the court, which in serious cases can result in criminal charges and a trial. If someone has been accused of hiding assets and they refuse to testify in court, they may also be held in contempt. Criminal convictions will be placed on a spouse’s criminal record. 

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Wheaton Parental Responsibilities LawyerParents in Illinois who have gotten divorced and created a parenting plan may later realize that they never reached an agreement or even discussed what to do if one parent wanted to travel out of the country with their child. International travel can be a great experience to share with a child, but before taking a child abroad, it is very important to address any legal issues or concerns from the child’s other parent. International travel may involve certain risks, and if a parent fears that such travel will have negative consequences, they may try to put a stop to it. If you are planning on traveling abroad with your child and want to know how to prepare yourself, the following information may be helpful to you.

Obtaining a Passport for Underage Children 

Whether a child’s parents are divorced or still married, an underage child must have both parents’ consent to apply for a passport if they are under the age of 16 (children who are 16 and 17 can apply for passports themselves). Unless parental responsibilities have been assigned to just one parent, both parents must be present during the passport application. If only one parent is responsible for the child, that parent must provide evidence proving that the other parent does not need to be present or give their consent. 

Getting Permission to Travel Abroad 

Even if parents do not share parenting time or parental responsibilities, the parent wishing to travel may still need to get written permission from the other parent before they leave the country. The other parent may want to deny permission for many reasons, including: 

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DuPage County Child Support LawyerChild support is understandably one of the most contentious elements of divorce. Parents who receive child support often feel as though the funds are insufficient for the needs of the children, or fear they will struggle to provide if the paying parent fails to meet his or her obligations. For the parent who is responsible for making child support payments, he or she often worries that the children’s needs are being neglected while the receiving parent buys things for themself. 

Illinois law allows parents receiving child support wide leeway when deciding how to spend the money. Unfortunately, however, there are parents who neglect their children’s needs because of frivolous spending on themselves. In situations like this, legal remedies are available. 

Legitimate Child Support Expenditures

Child support is intended to ensure children have what they need to grow up healthy and whole, and the parent who receives child support is responsible for using that money to meet the child’s needs. Food, clothing, and medical expenses are absolute necessities and the failure to provide these can result in serious harm to a child’s wellbeing. 

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DuPage County Divorce LawyerSometimes called “alimony” or “spousal maintenance,” spousal support is money paid from one spouse to the other during or following divorce. Spousal support is not always awarded, but it can be a crucial financial lifeline for people after divorce, especially homemakers who withdrew from the workforce to raise a family. 

Spousal support orders are set for an amount and duration that are appropriate to the circumstances. However, each party’s circumstances can change in a way that warrants modifying support payments. If you are making or receiving spousal maintenance payments, it is useful to know which circumstances require or allow a change in payments. 

Substantial Change in Circumstances

A change in spousal support requires a substantial change in circumstances and many different situations can qualify. To begin with, if the party receiving spousal support gets married again, moves in with a new partner, or dies, spousal support payments stop. In fact, an individual who is receiving payments can be faced with legal consequences if they fail to notify the paying party that they are cohabiting with, or married to, a new partner. 

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DuPage County Spousal Maintenance LawyerAlthough spouses may get divorced with the hope that they will no longer have to deal with each other in the future, for many couples this is simply not true. Responsibilities towards children can require parents to interact together for many years, and spousal maintenance - formerly known as alimony - can do the same. Illinois law allows for several types of spousal maintenance, and how long spousal maintenance will last depends on the unique circumstances of a couple’s divorce. 

Types of Alimony in Illinois 

There are three primary kinds of spousal maintenance in Illinois: 

  • Temporary or interim maintenance - Frequently awarded to homemakers who have no income of their own, temporary maintenance is ordered while a divorce is ongoing. Temporary maintenance can cover the cost of running a household and raising children, and can also include the cost of a spouse’s attorney. 

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