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Study examines disparity in child support

According to a study by Custody X Change, a typical child support payment in Illinois ranges from about $735 to $880 per month. The study used an average income of $55,000 for the custodial parent and $45,000 for the noncustodial parent. It also assumed that the custodial parent spent 65% of the time with the two children while the noncustodial spent the remaining 35% with the kids. The average combined income for two-earner families is $56,000 based on Pew and census data, so the exact figures may vary, but the study did emphasize the disparity in child support payments in different states.

The difference did not seem to be linked to cost of living since New Jersey, one of the states with the highest cost of living, had one of the lowest typical child support payments. Payments ranged from a low of around $400-$528 in some states to a high of $881-$1,187.

Kevin Garnett's estranged wife challenging prenup in divorce

Illinois basketball fans may be interested to learn that former NBA star Kevin Garnett's estranged wife is challenging their prenuptial agreement in divorce court. However, Garnett has petitioned the court to schedule a hearing to enforce the agreement.

According to court documents, Garnett's wife is claiming that she signed their prenuptial agreement "under duress." As a result, he is asking for a trial to determine whether the agreement is enforceable before they divide their marital assets and negotiate any support agreements. In his court declaration, he points out that he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for around nine years before he and his wife got married, and he earned approximately $300 million during that period. He believes that income should be protected by the prenup. He also alleges that his former financial advisor embezzled around $70 million from his savings and investment accounts, causing him to suffer financial hardship. He says he has hired new financial advisors and is working with them to safeguard the remainder of his earnings.

Social media can be dangerous during a contentious divorce

You really don't need much imagination to understand how social media can damage a marital relationship. First of all, social media is addictive, resulting in people spending hours scrolling with their faces buried in their phones. That can detract from their bond with their partner.

Secondly, social media portrays an idealized version of relationships. Few people share the negatives, preferring to brag about the positive things in their life. That can make people feel like their relationship just doesn't compare. Finally, the ability to reach out in an instant to every person you've ever dated can make it a lot easier to engage in infidelity of some sort.

Mistakes divorced parents can make when co-parenting teens

Divorce is not easy for anyone involved, but it might be especially difficult for teenagers who are already going through their own struggles as they navigate the waters of adolescence. On top of dealing with physical and hormonal changes that can be stressful for a young person, handling divorce can shake up a teen's world.

Some teenagers adapt well and do their best to respect their parents. However, some teens see it as an opportunity to get their way and turn to tactics such as manipulation and lying. A bulletproof co-parenting plan can go a long way toward making sure a teen's life stays stable in the wake of a divorce, and stability often breeds better behavior.

Speeding to be focus of 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week

From July 14 to 20, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will make sure that people who drive commercial and passenger vehicles in Illinois and elsewhere around the country follow the traffic laws. These seven days have been designated as Operation Safe Driver Week for 2019, and during the event, law enforcement personnel across North America will be stopping unsafe drivers and issuing warnings and/or citations.

Speeding is the focus of this year's event. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Large Truck and Bus Facts report from 2016 named speeding as the top driver-related factor in car crashes. In fact, the practice has been implicated in almost a third of all auto accident fatalities for decades.

Relationship interactions can lead to divorce

There are a number of reasons why couples in Illinois decide to divorce, and in most cases, there are multiple causes for a separation. Counselors and other experts have identified marital issues that are more likely to lead to divorce. For example, some point out that contempt directed toward one spouse from the other is a key sign of a marriage that is on the road to an end. When people resent their spouses or look down on them, it can affect all of the interactions between the couple. Fundamentally, the spouses no longer like each other, and almost everything can be viewed through a negative light.

There are other factors that can also lead to relationship problems. Of course, major events like infidelity or addiction can cause a divorce, but many other factors act slowly over time to undermine the trust and love that exists in a marriage. Conflict avoidance can be one such problem. When issues arise, both spouses may want to avoid arguments or difficult conversations by evading the issue. However, failing to deal with the underlying problem can increase emotional distance.

Volvo wants to prevent drunk, distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drunk driving crashes in 2017 caused 10,874 deaths in America. Around 30 people die every day as a result of intoxicated driving. Many concerned citizens and organizations wonder what to do about this problem and how to combat drunk driving. One car company thinks it has a solution. Illinois residents might like to know about Volvo's efforts to curb drunk and distracted driving.

Volvo Cars will be making some changes to their vehicles starting in 2020. All Volvos will come with sensors and in-car cameras to monitor drivers, and this technology will deploy if safety concerns are present. A car could slow itself down to prevent accidents, and the vehicles could also park in a safe location to prevent intoxicated drivers from operating the vehicle while inebriated.

Coparenting requires strong boundaries for parents, too

It is rarely easy for two parents to raise their child separately, but coparenting after divorce or separation may ultimately be the best solution for everyone involved. Still, there are many pitfalls along the way, and if one or both parents do not respect each other's rights and boundaries while raising their child, everyone may suffer.

One of the most common ways that a parent may violate another parent's rights is through stealing their parenting time. If your child's other parent oversteps this boundary, you should consider all the legal options that you have to protect yourself. Not only does this take away time that you can't recover, it may also harm your child by weakening their relationship to you.

Dealing with a mortgage during divorce

Married Illinois couples who decide to split will likely have to resolve disputes regarding a range of issues, including child support and alimony. They may also find themselves having to address what should happen with the family home, which could be one of the most valuable assets they possess. In many situations, one spouse will take control of the home. However, it is important that both parties understand their options before a decision is made.

Even if just one spouse is to keep the family home, it's possible to keep the original joint mortgage for which both spouses will remain financially liable. This option may be the most ideal in situations in which there is sufficient trust between the two ex-spouses. Both parties should be aware that if there are payment defaults, both parties may sustain long-term credit damage, no matter who was responsible for making the payments.

Communicating during a divorce to sell the home

For many divorcing couples in Illinois, selling their house is a major milestone during the divorce process. Selling the house means that they can start to take steps to prepare for their life after divorce, such as purchasing a new home. Some of the proceeds from the divorce may be used to cover debts or allow either party to care for other financial obligations.

Selling a house while going through a divorce means that the divorcing couple is going to have to find a way to get on the same page. They need to be able to look past the disagreements that they have with each other and realize that being able to sell the home is a major step in setting them up for after the divorce.

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