How does COVID-19 affect my family law case?

How does COVID-19 affect my family law case? You probably wonder what will happen with your divorce or paternity case with the Illinois shelter-in-place order. STG Divorce Law is prepared and fully operational. Your case remains in safe hands. The Courts are operating on a limited basis. However, judges are on call to handle matters […]

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Anthony Vechiola, J.D., CDFA, CFL Promoted

Meet Anthony Vechiola, JD, CDFA – Senior Associate We are pleased to announce that attorney Anthony Vechiola, has been promoted to Senior Associate Attorney with STG Divorce Law! Tony started with the firm in the 2004 as a law clerk at age 20, then got a college degree and paralegal certificate, and became a paralegal […]

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Your ex’ income has increased a lot since you were divorced. You still pay a substantial amount of child support. Are there any options to reduce the payment?

Your divorce was done several years ago. Your ex was able to get a Master’s degree afterward, and you were very happy for her. Subsequently she was able to get a very high paying job in a local tech company. She now earns three times the income she earned part-time when you were married. Since […]

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Understanding The Basics Of Child Support In Illinois

Illinois state law provides for the needs of children by imposing a financial obligation on both parents. This applies, regardless of whether or not the parents were ever married. If you are a parent seeking child support, or are preparing for a divorce, the following information can help you understand the basics of how child support […]

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Consequences Of Not Paying Court-Ordered Child Support

Parents understand the need to pay child support. It is their way of helping support their son or daughter to ensure their needs are met. But sometimes life gets in the way of paying child support. People lose their jobs, they have unexpected medical expenses or other surprise bills, or suffer from some other tragedy that […]

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Your Options When You Do Not Receive Child Support

Parents who receive child support often rely on these funds to pay for their children’s clothing, food, and the bills that keep a roof over their heads. However, if the other parent stops paying, it can drastically affect the receiving parent’s living situation. Without the financial support, his or her child may not receive three meals a […]

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Does Workers’ Compensation Qualify As Child Support Income?

A combination of factors are assessed to determine the amount of child support a non-custodial parent should pay to the custodial parent. One of the biggest factors the court will consider is the level of income of the non-custodial parent. While payments or settlements from workers’ compensation are not considered income when filing your federal income taxes, […]

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Changing Your Spousal Support Obligations

Divorce often raises as many financial issues as emotional. Couples must divide their assets and debts, and then move forward with a single income. In some situations, one spouse is entitled to spousal support, also known as alimony, during the separation and following the divorce. This occurs when that spouse was financially dependent on the other […]

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Common Questions About Illinois Child Support

When a divorcing couple has children, it is common for child support to become a concern. Often, even after a divorce case is finished, questions concerning child support remain. When Will I Start Receiving Child Support? As part of a family law case, a judge will order child support to be paid. The order will usually have […]

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Who Can Get “Alimony” Or Maintenance?

Divorce changes your life. While it is the end of a partnership, it also changes your family structure, your financial situation, and the very nature of your way of life. This is particularly true for stay-at-home parents who often find themselves looking for work outside the home after a divorce in order to make ends […]

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Donors Must Carefully Follow Law to Avoid Child Support Obligations

Single people, same-sex couples, and couples struggling with infertility often rely upon reproductive technologies in order to have children. Many of these technologies require donations of genetic material, be it sperm or eggs, from an outside source. Many prospective parents use genetic material from an anonymous source, but others do not. The usual general goal […]

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What Happens When a Parent Lies About Income In a Child Support Case?

Child support disputes are unique. While most legal disputes can be settled one time, once and for all, child support orders can change over time due to the changing circumstances of both a child and his or her parents. These cases are also unique because their outcome is largely dependent upon the financial position of the parents […]

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New Spouse Income: Does It Affect An Educational Expense Obligation?

When it comes to paying for college, parents who have remained married to one another have a host of options. Some parents choose to start saving before their kids are even born to be sure the college fund can pay their children’s way. Others choose not to contribute at all. This freedom of choice does […]

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Back Child Support: What Happens When A Non-Paying Parent Dies?

Fighting to receive back child support is hard work, and a custodial parent may struggle to obtain the support his or her children are owed. Moreover, payments may be late for several reasons: a paying parent may be struggling financially, or he or she may blatantly refuse to fulfill the court-mandated responsibility. However, when a parent who […]

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Contributing to a Child’s College Expenses After Divorce

While most consider January as the start of a new year, parents with college-bound high school seniors also regard this month as the prime-time to begin the college application process. In a few months, seniors will be selecting college destinations and learning just how much financial aid they will receive. Additionally, final decisions will have […]

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Parents Have Options When They Can’t Make Child Support Payments

It not only takes two to tango but it also takes two to create a child. Therefore, it should not come as a shock to parents that they are responsible to cover some of the expenses associated with raising their child. Yet, in 2009 the Office of Child Support Enforcement reported that Americans owed around […]

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Can Women Be Required To Pay Alimony After A Divorce?

Women can indeed be required to pay alimony to their former spouses. And while traditionally women were the more common recipients of alimony payments after a divorce, spousal support is not inherently tied to gender. Instead, it is determined by the standard of living created and maintained by a couple while they were married. If a woman […]

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Welfare Benefits: How Do They Affect Child Support Payments?

When a couple decides to dissolve their marriage and the couple had a child or children during the marriage, child support is often awarded to the custodial parent after the divorce. Although a divorcing couple can decide on their own the terms of the child support payments, the courts will generally get involved in determining what is […]

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