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Carpentersville bankruptcy lawyer repossessionGetting behind on your bills due to unforeseen life events takes a toll on both your credit score and your emotional well-being. When your vehicle becomes repossessed, it may feel like the world has collapsed around you. How are you going to get to work? If you have no reliable transportation, how will you keep your job to pay bills and put food on the table? As contradictory as it may seem, filing for bankruptcy can help.

Get Your Vehicle Back

Many lenders do not give any advanced notification of an upcoming repossession. If you are behind on your payments, filing for bankruptcy can prevent the lender from taking your vehicle without warning. When you file for bankruptcy, an automatic stay is placed on all of your bills, preventing lenders and creditors from pursuing any collection actions, including repossessions and harassing phone calls. It may be possible to reclaim a repossessed vehicle, so long as it has not already been sold. Typically, lenders successfully sell these vehicles in under two weeks, depending on a variety of factors, so it is important to move quickly after a repossession.

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Carpentersville divorce and bankruptcy lawyerDivorce can be stressful for anyone, but it becomes especially difficult when a couple is struggling with financial difficulties during the breakup of their marriage. When spouses are facing overwhelming debt, bankruptcy may be their best option, allowing them each to have a fresh start after they have dissolved their marriage. However, if you are considering both bankruptcy and divorce, there are several issues that you should pay attention to when determining your best path forward:

Should I File for Bankruptcy Before or After Divorce?

In most cases, filing for bankruptcy prior to filing for divorce is the best option. When debts are shared by spouses, they can each be pursued by creditors if they fail to make payments. By filing for bankruptcy together, they can discharge their mutual debts, ensuring that neither spouse will be responsible for repayment of these debts after divorce.

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Kane County Family Law Attorney AdoptionWhen parents face an unplanned pregnancy or a pregnancy during divorce, they have three options: parent, terminate the pregnancy, or place the child up for adoption. Choosing the latter option, adoption, does not mean that a parent is “giving up;” it means they are making the best possible decision for everyone involved in their situation at that time. This decision belongs to the biological parents, particularly the mother, and no one else. However, even a decision made to place a child up for adoption remains unenforceable unless certain specific prerequisites are met.

A Biological Parent’s Rights Regarding Adoption at the Time of Birth

When a situation, such as a pending annulment or divorce, changes the dynamic of a family, a mother sometimes determines she does not want to be a single mother, or that it is not the appropriate time for her to raise a child. The birth mother has all of the rights and responsibilities as a parent to her child until she officially relinquishes her rights.

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Posted on in Divorce

McHenry County divorce lawyersDivorce is a difficult process any time of the year, but the holidays can be especially challenging. Many experience loneliness and depression. Others feel more overwhelmed than usual and may be more prone to mood swings. Whatever the situation, however you are feeling, know that there are ways to cope. The following information may be able to help.

Surround Yourself with Friends and Family The holidays are a time when people are used to being surrounded by friends and family, so reach out to those that you love. If your circle has become significantly smaller, try and make some new friends. Support groups, colleagues at work, and even your neighbor are all great places to look. Some might even surprise you – that person you might have overlooked at the office who went through a divorce last year, or the single mom a few doors down that you might not have even noticed. Go to holiday parties, even if you do not feel like it. Whatever you decide to do, try to surround yourself with people and try to immerse yourself in holiday cheer. Give Back to Your Community If meeting new people seems too exhausting, maybe some charity work can help to put you in the holiday spirit and heal your soul a little. After all, there is little that can lift the spirit like feeding the homeless, volunteering at a domestic violence shelter, reading to kids in a hospital, or playing board games with someone in a nursing home. Not sure where to look? Try your local church, bulletin boards, or newspaper. If you cannot find anything there, try talking to friends or just pick up a phone and call your local shelters to ask if they could use some help. Be Gentle with Yourself and Practice Self-Care Surrounding yourself with people and giving back are all great ways to cope with divorce during the holidays, but probably the most beneficial thing you can do is to be gentle with yourself and to practice self-care. If you find yourself crying a lot, that is okay. Your grief and sadness are normal. If you do not feel like putting up your tree or lights, try purchasing just a small live one that does not take as much effort – and do not let yourself feel guilty for doing so. Keep the decorations put up if you like, soak in warm baths, make hot chocolate or tea, read a book, or buy a box of candy canes and a present for yourself. In short, do what makes you happiest this holiday season. Seek Assistance with Your Divorce If you are filing for divorce but have not obtained legal assistance, now might be the time to reconsider. Not only can a divorce attorney help to ensure you avoid unnecessary mistakes, they can handle the legal details so that you have the time and energy to grieve and care for yourself. You also have an increased chance of receiving a fair settlement in your case if you have an attorney on your side. At the Thomas Law Office, we offer compassionate and personalized services to suit your needs. Dedicated and experienced, our McHenry County family law attorney can protect your rights and will always make your best interest our top priority. Schedule your consultation to ask how we can help with your case. Call us at 847-426-7990 today. Sources:

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Posted on in Bankruptcy

McHenry County bankruptcy attorneyWhile the decision to file for bankruptcy should never be taken lightly, it is important to distinguish the difference between fact and fiction. For example, prospective filers are often told that they will lose home in the process. However, this is not always the case. Learn more about what happens to your home in a bankruptcy case, and discover what an experienced attorney may be able to do for you.

Understanding the Basics

Bankruptcy is a process in which a debtor comes to the court, asking to be released from their obligation to their creditors. It is, in many ways, a fresh start. Keep in mind, however, that it does not come without cost. Your credit does take a hit (though not quite as severely as people make it out to be). You may also lose some (or most) of your assets, but homesteads are protected. As such, they are treated quite differently in bankruptcy than other assets.

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