Showing posts from September, 2018

Child custody, divorce and lies

People seem so surprised that lies are told in court during child custody and divorce cases. Over the years, I've learned that judges tend to be skeptical of spin, and almost hungry for actual facts and documents. If you're trying to show that the opposing party in your case is untruthful, be prepared to show documents that contradict his or her story. Use text messages, email messages, bank statements, pay stubs, pictures, whatever you can gather to bolster your case and show that you are the truthful one. If you find yourself waging a court battle for your future, the integrity of your assets, or the future of your children and their health and safety, and you would like to sit down for a detailed analysis, please give me a call. - Kevin Johnson   312-493-4241 (cell)

Divorce and Custody - Reimbursement myth

I've been learning recently more about the psychology of enforcing marital settlement agreements, and other agreements between parents. Especially in the area of dividing expenses, always a contentious issue. There's a common misperception that a 50/50 split of children's expenses means that when one parent pays an expense, and provides a receipt to the other parent, that parent's obligation is to refund or reimburse 50% of that amount to the other parent. That is not the case! If the obligation of each parent is to pay 50% of the children's expenses of some kind, or 50% of uncovered medical expenses, then any petition or motion seeking to enforce that 50/50 provision should take into account how much the other parent has already paid independently toward children's expenses and medical expenses. To simply say "I paid this money,  you me owe half" completely misses the point, and is not what these paragraphs mean . If you want the other side to have to