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November 2012 Archives

Illinois father wrongfully assessed $5K in back child support

A father who had faithfully paid child support for more than 10 years faced a sudden problem when his ex-girlfriend, and the mother of his daughters, moved to Mississippi. Suddenly, he found that the state calculated that he owed more than $900 in back child support. He willingly submitted to a new Illinois child support order and began paying extra each week to make up the deficit. However, although the deficit was paid off early in 2011, the new order was not modified to reflect this, and he was still paying additional money, which created an overage.Furthermore, the state of Illinois began bypassing the state of Mississippi and sending the money directly to his ex-girlfriend. Because of this, Mississippi officials assumed that the father had stopped making payments and confiscated his federal income tax return, claiming that he owed more than $5,100 in back child support.

Illinois couples can ease divorce tension with communication

Whether an individual is facing a complex or seemingly simple divorce, the process can be very time-consuming. It becomes more time-consuming when couples do not communicate well, particularly in cases of high asset divorce. There are several ways couples can ease the process of a divorce if they are both willing to work with each other and try to understand what each party will need in post-divorce life.First, communicate with your attorney about your expectations based on discussions with your spouse. You should document your conversations in writing, preferably by letter or email, or allow your attorney to handle this communication if couples are having problems talking civilly.

Oprah's stepmother argues over eviction from home during divorce

Former talk-show host Oprah Winfrey has become embroiled in a complex divorce case between her father and her stepmother that now also involves her stepsister as well as a small child. The conflict came about when Oprah's stepsister and the woman's 5-year-old daughter received notice that the trust that owns their home was seeking to evict them. The trust is funded by Oprah Winfrey and is called the Phoenix Trust II.Oprah's stepmother has expressed her anger at the star's treatment of the two. The stepmother claims that her daughter has recently graduated from college and has just begun a new job. She states that Oprah is the one with the "money and power" and that her behavior makes her appear to be a "bully." Oprah's stepmother said she has been unable to contact her.

"Gray" divorces on the rise

The number of older people seeking divorces appears to be rising, leading to more high-asset divorce cases. These divorces tend to involve complicated divisions of property and other complex legal issues not usually found in divorce among younger couples. According to a Wall Street Journal article, a study by Bowling Green State University indicates that the divorce rate for couples age 50 or older has doubled since 1990. The results of the study indicate that about 25 percent of all people who go through divorce are over the age of 50. This could be due to an aging population and the fact that people are living longer, but there could also be other factors that contribute to the rising divorce rate that further studies may uncover.

High-asset divorce prompts auction of Rolling Stones memorabilia

Those who have gone through divorce, or who have read any news about celebrity divorces, know that property division is often at the center of any disagreement. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many couples find it difficult to decide who will get what -- especially when important and meaningful assets like the family home, cars or special heirlooms are involved. These disagreements can be magnified when a high-asset divorce is in play.

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