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April 13, 2017

Reasons to Get a Prenup in Illinois

Premarital agreement



Many people do not fully understand what marriage entails from a financial and legal standpoint. Often what is impressed on couples before getting married is how spouses should act towards each other and how to have a successful, long-lasting marriage. However, in the eyes of the law, marriage is a contract with legal implications. Most important […]

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April 6, 2017

Is a Stepparent Adoption a Possibility for Your Family?

Adoption



Many times when a blended family forms, stepparents wish to adopt stepchildren in order to legally reflect the relationships that have formed. When a stepparent adopts a child it means that the stepparent is awarded the legal responsibility to support and care for the child. Requirements for Stepparent Adoptions There are a number of requirements that must […]

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March 31, 2017

Child Custody When a Domestic Partnership Ends

Civil Unions



Relationships can enjoy peaks and valleys of good times and bad. Weathering the storm is not always possible, and marriages or partnerships entered into with the utmost of good faith cannot stand the test of time. Amicable or not, if a relationship ends, the question of how property a couple own or shares will be divided. […]

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March 24, 2017

Parenting Time Is the New Visitation

Child Custody



Once a divorce is finalized and the final decree issued, the mechanics of how children of the marriage are cared for take effect. The overriding principle the law applies to children is always a consideration of what is in their best interests. No matter how contentious matters get between parents, coming together to raise children […]

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March 17, 2017

What Establishing Paternity Does – and Does Not – Accomplish

Paternity



Establishing paternity can be important for your child in a number of ways such as requiring that the father provides him or her with financial support. It also serves to protect the parents’ rights and enable the father’s access to medical information. When Does Paternity Need to be Established? Paternity must be established when the parents of […]

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March 10, 2017

Facts about Spousal Maintenance in Illinois

Divorce Finances, Illinois spousal support



We understand that the availability of spousal maintenance can be a considerable factor in whether a spouse wishes to pursue divorce. If there is an income disparity between divorcing spouses, spousal maintenance may be available. For the lesser-earning spouse, knowing that spousal maintenance is available and at what level may give the spouse more security when deciding […]

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February 27, 2017

Fathers Seek Changes in Child Custody Laws

Child Custody



A group of fathers has banded together to lobby for child custody law changes. The group, called Dads Can Too, believe that joint custody should be the starting point for all custody hearings in Illinois. The fathers in the group have struggled — in some cases for over a decade — to see their children more often […]

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February 20, 2017

Avoiding an Acrimonious Custody Battle

Child Custody



The unfortunate reality across the country is that couples continue to end their marriages. Divorce is a major decision that requires careful thought and consideration. There are several layers to address, including financial and property assets. But one of the biggest issues couples face are the arrangements to be put in place for any children of […]

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February 13, 2017

Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Violence



Sometimes relationships appear rosy and congenial on the outside, but behind closed doors, they can be full of torment and both physical and mental harm. Partners and spouses can successfully conceal domestic issues from others, while many quietly suffer behind closed doors. Abused spouses may be afraid to speak out due to cultural reasons, fear of […]

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February 6, 2017

Can Child Custody Mediation Work for You?

Child Custody



One of the most important and emotional factors in a divorce is figuring out how children of the marriage will be cared for. When going through a divorce, there are many issues to take into consideration. Where a couple has accumulated significant assets such as financial holdings, business ownership, real estate, trusts, and retirement assets, […]

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January 31, 2017

Defending a Juvenile in Illinois

Juvenile Law



Parents obviously try to do their best raising their children. Unfortunately, young people can make mistakes. Some of those mistakes can be so significant they involve legal charges. In a study across forty urban counties, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found about two-thirds, 66 percent of the juvenile felony defendants in the counties were convicted, either of […]

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January 25, 2017

Financial Disputes Can Lead to Divorce

Divorce, Divorce Finances



Most marriages are entered into with good faith and with good intentions. Unfortunately, after the honeymoon phase, the daily routine can turn into a daily grind and moral and respect can fall to an all-time low. Many factors might play a part in the demise of a marriage with financial stress being a lead contender. According to […]

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January 17, 2017

What to Do If Your Child Refuses to Follow a Custody Order

Child Custody



Some children refuse to follow custody orders and spend time with the other parent. This puts the favored parent in a bind: do you let the child stay with the parent as he or she wishes or do you force the child to go? Not an Excuse for Failing to Follow the Custody Order Courts expect that […]

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January 10, 2017

Can You Divorce Away Marital Debt?

Divorce Finances



Money and debt are two of the biggest causes of divorce. For many of our clients dividing debt between spouses is one of the most stressful aspects of the divorce process. Parties often disagree as to who should be responsible for paying off debt after the divorce is final. Debts most commonly have to be divided are: […]

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December 29, 2016

Considering Adoption? The Legal Journey to Extend Your Family

Adoption



Today’s society has become a virtual melting pot for different family nuclei. The traditional two-parent, Dad, Mom, two kids and a family pet has transformed into a blend of forms and combinations of family members. A common thread is the desire to bring children into a family. The same applies to the traditional family who […]

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December 22, 2016

Appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem in a Family Law Case

Child Custody



The phrase, “in the best interests of a child” is a common but important phrase when it comes to protecting the youngest members of society. There are many situations where children need to be shielded from sensitive situations but their rights must be paramount. Certain legal situations such as a divorce, ensuing custody battles, criminal […]

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December 15, 2016

Understanding Upcoming Changes to Illinois Child Support Laws

Child Support



The Illinois legislature has made some changes to the way child support is calculated, and it may impact your court-ordered child support. On July 1, 2017, courts will determine child support based on the “income shares” model. What Is the Income Shares Model? How Does It Differ from the Current Law? Under the income shares model, both […]

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December 8, 2016

Is a Postnuptial Agreement Right for You?

Premarital agreement



If you have gotten married only to find out your financial situation is more complicated or lacks stability and protection, you are not alone. Many people do not fully understand what their new finances and property ownership look like until after they enter into a marriage. When people find themselves in this position, they may […]

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November 25, 2016

Grandparent Rights to Visitation with Grandchildren

Child Custody



Parents and children are not the only people affected by divorce. Grandparents will also experience changes and may then wonder what their rights are in getting visitation with their grandchildren. Grandparents may have rights in certain cases, but they are not as well-defined as parental rights and they are not guaranteed. For that reason, grandparents may […]

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November 18, 2016

Dating and Divorce

Divorce



At some point after you separate from your spouse, you will probably have the desire to begin dating. In 2016, dating often includes creating a profile on an online dating site. Before you make one, you should consider the following points and contact a DuPage County family law attorney for individualized advice. First, dating while you […]

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November 11, 2016

Mediation Versus Litigation When Divorcing

Mediation



Divorces are messy. In the event that things end amicably for a couple, there is an out of court solution to agreeing on property division and the like. This process is called mediation. Mediation is a process where a neutral party helps a divorcing couple come to an agreement about how they will separate assets, and even […]

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November 4, 2016

Protective Orders: What They Encompass

Domestic Violence



A husband and wife can face many issues and much turmoil during their relationship. Being able to work together, compromise and achieve a balance are some tools couples use to move forward from tension. Unfortunately, some issues do not permanently go away or have a “go to” solution. Some problems are serious and manifest over […]

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October 28, 2016

Parenting Class Requirements in Illinois

Child Custody



The state of Illinois requires that all parents of minor children who are part of any legal action regarding allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody) or visitation (parenting time) attend and complete a court-authorized parental education program. This requirement not only applies to the initial legal action but also to any modification to standing custody orders, as […]

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October 21, 2016

College Bound Children and Requests for Modified Child Support

Child Support



When couples divorce or separate, there are many layers as to how the family will manage themselves afterward. From the division of property to spousal maintenance and child support, are some of the relevant issues. When it comes to the children of a divorce, certain interests must be met to help ensure their best interests are […]

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October 14, 2016

Protecting Your Assets in a Domestic Partnership

Civil Unions



Relationships are complicated. Even marriages entered into in good faith can face difficulties down the line and can have very messy endings. There can be long, complicated, contentious and drawn out proceedings when it comes to the split and who gets what. Personal property, major decision-making powers, and control over assets, children, and financial support […]

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October 7, 2016

llinois Parenting Plan Basics

Child Custody



When parents in Illinois file for divorce, they must determine and legally document how decisions will be made about the child’s life and future, and how much time each parent will spend with the child (and when). This is done through something known as a parenting plan. The following can help you understand the basics […]

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September 30, 2016

How to File for an Annulment under Illinois Law

Divorce, Marriage



When most people hear of a couple ending their marriage, they automatically assume that the couple is divorcing. For thousands of couples, that is true, however, there are also many couples who choose to file for a legal annulment rather than a divorce. What is the difference? When a person files for a divorce, they […]

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September 23, 2016

Fighting a Child Relocation in Illinois

Child Custody



Learning that your child’s other parent wants to relocate your child can be a frightening experience. Your child, possibly hours away, could end up visiting you even less frequently. Those opportune moments that have given you extra time with them – when the other parent has to work late or go to the doctor – might no […]

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September 16, 2016

New Illinois Domestic Violence Law Requires Salon Worker Training

Domestic Violence



A recently passed Illinois law will now make it mandatory for anyone who works in the barber, cosmetology, esthetic, and nail technology fields to receive training and education so they will be able to recognize any signs of domestic violence or sexual assault a client may be exhibiting. The Cosmetology-Domestic Violence Act requires that salon professionals receive […]

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September 9, 2016

Divorce Study: Does the End of Summer Bring Spike in Divorces?

Divorce Trends



For many of us, August signifies the end of the summer, back to school, and back to our usual routines. To many couples, however, August’s arrival brings with it a trip to a divorce attorney. A new study reveals that divorce filings spike as summer departs and autumn arrives. The study was conducted by the University […]

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August 23, 2016

Covering All QDRO Bases in a Divorce

Division of Property



There are many financial assets that divorcing couples must decide how they will divide up. One of the most common assets is the retirement account or accounts they may have. It is not uncommon – especially if the marriage has been a long one – for a percentage of one spouse’s retirement account to be […]

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August 16, 2016

Children of Divorce: Navigating the Anger and Fear

Child Custody, Children of Divorce



Sometimes relationships turn bad. They run their natural course, end amicably, or result in a long-lasting relationship. Often though, they end in divorce. Divorce can be a straightforward process or end up being very complicated. In the event of a complex divorce, children may be treated as pawns or become upset and angry about the […]

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August 9, 2016

Protected by a Prenuptial Agreement

Premarital agreement



Marriage can bring about immense happiness and an enduring partnership. In this day and age where assets can be complicated and investments can be extensive, a certain level of protection of your belongings becomes another financial consideration to make. This is where a prenuptial agreement comes into play. A prenuptial agreement, simply stated, is an inventory of […]

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August 2, 2016

How to Handle Parenting Time Schedules When Your Child Is Sick

Child Custody



There can be nothing more upsetting to a parent than to see their child sick. We want nothing more than to be able to do everything in our power to make them feel better, and it is not uncommon for a parent to believe that they are the best one to take care of an […]

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July 29, 2016

Domestic Violence: Hurt by the Partner You Love

Domestic Violence



Married bliss can turn into a nightmare for many spouses and domestic partners if they become victims of domestic abuse. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Of note is the fact that it is not one gender over, but both men and women suffer […]

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July 22, 2016

Money over Marriage: Financial Implications of Divorce

Divorce Finances



Couples entering the honeymoon phase are so excited that the nuts and bolts of marriage often take second place. The financial aspects of marriage can be tricky territory with spouses sometimes leading with their hearts and not their heads. About 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States are divorcing.The question of earnings and […]

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July 15, 2016

High Asset Divorce: Planning Your Strategy before You File

Complex Divorce, Divorce, Divorce Finances



When it comes to divorce, the planning you do now can greatly impact your future. This is especially true in complex, high net worth divorces where the earning potential or assets of one party is significantly impaired. If you are a dependent spouse and about to embark on a divorce, know how to protect yourself against a […]

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July 4, 2016

Protecting Father’s Rights in Illinois

Child Custody



Despite recent changes to divorce and parenting laws in Illinois, fathers still sometimes struggle to receive their fair shake in a courtroom. Stigmas regarding gender roles, issues in establishing paternity, and other, various factors are often to blame. However, there are a few ways that you can protect your legal rights as a father and improve your […]

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June 27, 2016

Changing Your Name after Divorce

Divorce, Life after Divorce



Of all the difficult things that a person can go through during life, divorce is one of the hardest. In fact, divorce is rated as the second-most stressful thing that a person can go through, second only to the death of a loved one. This could be because divorce is the death of marriage — and in […]

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June 20, 2016

Behavior During Divorce

Divorce



It can be hard to take the higher road when you are having an argument with your spouse — and this can be even more so the case if you are going through divorce. No matter how nasty or amicable the divorce seems to be, if you are dissolving your marriage, emotions are bound to be […]

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June 13, 2016

Common Reasons for and Predictors of Divorce

Divorce, Divorce Trends



There are several reasons that a couple may face divorce. While sexual infidelity may be a leading reason, according to several studies, extramarital affairs, and even perpetual infidelity, is no longer the leading reason that divorced couples cite as the reason for their split. The leading reason for divorce is that people should never have been […]

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June 6, 2016

Financial Security after Divorce

Divorce Finances



If you are going through divorce or anticipating marital dissolution, there are seemingly hundreds of things to think about and to plan for. Figuring out your post-divorce financial plan is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you are set once the divorce is finalized and you are living on your own, […]

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May 24, 2016

Reasons to Hire a Divorce Attorney

Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney



If you are considering divorce, it can be a painful process to initiate. There are several things to address, from finances to families; from the division of property to determining co-parenting schedules and child support payments. Before turning to divorce, there are some factors to consider that may mean your marriage is worth saving. One is […]

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Understanding Military Divorce Finances

Military Divorce



Divorce is a complicated and difficult process no matter the specifics. If, however, you are in the military or your soon-to-be ex-spouse is in the military, there are several specific factors you will need to take into consideration when facing the divorce process. These include, but are not limited to, the splitting of military benefits, […]

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May 11, 2016

Marriage Breakdown: When Divorce Is Inevitable

Divorce, Marriage



If your marriage is on the verge of ending, it can feel like you are grasping at straws to try to hold it together. Sometimes it is best to just stop holding on and to let the relationship go. There are some times when you can reconcile with your spouse and begin to work together to heal […]

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May 3, 2016

De-Establishing Paternity in Illinois

Paternity



In most cases, biological parents are ordered to pay child support to help provide for expenses related to raising their children. There is, however, a strange and little known about law regarding child custody and support that could enforce a man to pay child support for a child that is not biologically his. That law, along with […]

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April 29, 2016

The Emotional Divorce Process

Life after Divorce



When you are going through divorce, there are several things to keep in mind. One is that the process may not always be as straightforward as you think. Many people who have experienced divorce, or who are on the road to recovery through it, will go through emotional ups and downs, highs and lows, moments of […]

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April 22, 2016

Child Custody Modifications in Illinois

Child Custody



When the court has issued a final order in an allocation of parental responsibilities case, the case usually isn’t over. Illinois law allows for both parents to ask the court to modify the order in the future. However, before you can get a modification you will need to meet several criteria. Significant Change in Circumstances In most […]

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April 15, 2016

Understanding Marital Property

Division of Property, Divorce Finances



If you are facing divorce, the division of assets can be one of the more daunting aspects of the process. Not only is there an emotional component to doing so, but it can be difficult to determine what of your possession are considered eligible for equitable distribution, and what is considered personal property. A basic rule of […]

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April 8, 2016

Financial Aid and Paying for Your Child’s College Tuition after Divorce

Child Support, Children of Divorce



When parents go through a divorce, they often fail to consider the long-term financial implications, like paying for a child’s college tuition. Remarriage and other life changes can further complicate matters, making it difficult to know how to navigate the financial aid process or determine how much responsibility each parent may have in covering any remaining […]

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March 24, 2016

Preparing Financially for Divorce

Divorce Finances



In the middle of divorce, financial decisions are among the most difficult and complicated to make. In the past, when a couple was divorcing, it was often the woman who ended up without anything, especially in states where there was no equal distribution property law and the woman did not work outside the home. These days, […]

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March 17, 2016

Pet Custody in a Divorce

Division of Property, Pet Custody



When you are entering the beginning stages of divorce, determining the separation of marital assets, including large ones such as the family home, and deciding on groundbreaking, life-altering things like child custody obviously take precedence. As such, other major life-altering decisions can sometimes get pushed to the back burner. One of these decisions is pet custody […]

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March 10, 2016

Divorce Finances: Protecting Yourself Financially after a Divorce

Divorce Finances



Because a divorce can be such an emotionally draining experience, it is natural to breathe a sigh of relief after it is over. However, even after a divorce there is still important work to do. You need to take steps to protect your financial future. Check Your Accounts Often in a divorce there is a court order […]

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March 3, 2016

Study Focuses on Impact and Prevalence of Parental Alienation after Divorce

Child Custody



Although the family laws in Illinois have changed, there is still great risk of parental alienation – a process in which one parent negatively influences their child’s relationship with the other parent. Sadly, there is a severe lack in data on this common issue; to rectify this, Colorado State University researchers have initiated a study to better […]

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February 22, 2016

The Role of Civil Unions for Unmarried Couples in Illinois

Civil Unions



Many people mistakenly think of civil unions as something that no longer is needed because of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court extending the right of marriage to same sex couples all across the United States. However, in Illinois, civil unions are still an important part of family law that can benefit both heterosexual and homosexual […]

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February 15, 2016

Hidden and Wasted Assets during Divorce

Division of Property, Divorce Finances



The divorce process relies on both sides to disclose all of their assets and relevant financial records to allow judges to make fair decisions about the division of property. When one spouse hides assets or wastes the marital assets on purely personal pleasure, it threatens to undermine the entire system. Uncovering Hidden Assets One of the […]

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February 8, 2016

Division of Assets during a Divorce

Division of Property



All couples — even those that are not planning on divorcing — should prepare their assets and investments in a way that they can be fairly divided. If, however, you did not manage your finances and are planning on divorce, know that you are not alone. Many couples miss this important aspect of financial planning. The […]

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February 1, 2016

Causes of Divorce: Three Argument “Mindsets” That Can Destroy Your Marriage

Divorce, Marriage



Every marriage has its ups and its down. Most even have their share of arguments. But what you say in an argument can make all the difference when the dust settles and things go back to normal. So, before you hurl words, consider if what you are saying falls into one of these three “mindsets” […]

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January 26, 2016

How to Create a Prenuptial Agreement That Works

Premarital agreement



Prenuptial agreements can help protect your assets and business if your marriage ends in divorce. However, if you do no set up the prenuptial agreement correctly, you could run into serious legal issues. The Timing of the Prenuptial Agreement A prenuptial agreement must be executed before the marriage. It is possible to have a postnuptial agreement […]

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January 19, 2016

Division of Property: Ramifications of Moving out of the Family Home during Divorce

Division of Property, Divorce Finances



When you are going through a divorce or approaching the beginning of marital dissolution, the separation of family items and assets can be both one of the most emotionally difficult and legally contentious part of the process. The family home – usually part of the division of property negotiations – is one of the most important assets […]

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January 12, 2016

Asset Division: Marital and Non-Marital Property

Division of Property



Many, if not most, couples share their property and income after they are married. However, there are some reasons why you might want to keep some of your property separate even after you are married. How Illinois Views Marital Property Illinois has a broad view of marital property. With a few exceptions, anything that is acquired by […]

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January 5, 2016

How Does the Illinois Child Support Process Work When Parents Split Up?

Child Custody



One of the biggest questions parents have when they split up is how will child support work. Parents have a legal duty to financially support their children, and that obligation does not end just because the relationship has ended. Child Support Guidelines Illinois has a set of guidelines judges are required to consider when setting child support. […]

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December 28, 2015

How a Simple Divorce Turns into a Complex Divorce

Complex Divorce



A surprising number of people believe their divorce will be simple. However, many divorces turn out to be much more complex than people expect. Often the process of filing for divorce brings to the surface buried resentments and previously unknown facts. When a divorce becomes complicated, you need a skilled divorce attorney to help you through the […]

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December 21, 2015

Can Mediation Help You Settle Your Divorce?

Mediation



Divorces can be difficult cases to resolve because the issues are deeply personal and the stakes are so high. However, most people will be happier with a solution they have a role in creating than a solution imposed by a court order. Mediation can help spouses resolve their differences and create a solution that works for everyone. […]

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December 17, 2015

Sexual Issues a Common Cause of Divorce

Divorce



While it may seem like a no-brainer, examining sexual issues and sexual compatibility is essential when you are considering divorce. Several marriage therapists and couple’s counselors report that troubles in the bedroom are some of both the most common reasons and the most common consequences of a marriage headed toward divorce. These sexual issues are, in […]

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December 10, 2015

Health Insurance after Divorce

Divorce Finances



Healthcare has been a trending news topic for several years now, with the passage of Obamacare and the extension of insurance policies for millions of uninsured Americans. So if you are headed for divorce and have to reconsider what type of health insurance plan you will enroll in, it may be last on your list of things […]

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November 23, 2015

Child Custody Issues Still Present in Same-Sex Marriages and Divorces

Child Custody, Same Sex Marriage



Although same-sex marriages have now become legal in all 50 states, gaps still exist in how child custody issues are handled in same-sex marriages and divorces. This makes it crucial for same-sex couples to discuss and understand the potential issues they may face in the event of a divorce in Illinois. And, when going through one, they […]

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November 16, 2015

The Importance of a Prenuptial Agreement

Marriage, Premarital agreement



There’s nothing in a fairy tale romance about a prenuptial agreement, and many couples shy away from drawing up this important legal document before marriage in an effort to avoid the perceived stigma of a prenup — “we only need this if one of us will be cruel or unfair in the event that our marriage […]

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November 9, 2015

Reevaluating a Shared Parenting Plan

Child Custody



Divorce is never easy. When there are children involved, deciding the specifics of divorce agreements and settlements can be even more difficult. In 2016 in Illinois, child custody laws will change to reflect parental responsibility instead of custody: As society changes from a traditionally male-dominated workforce, and more and more divorced parents choose joint custody and shared […]

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November 2, 2015

Preparing for Divorce: Getting Finances in Order

Divorce Finances



Finances during marital dissolution can be one of the most difficult aspects of the process, and many people fail to take appropriate steps in order to maintain financial security after the divorce is finalized. The most important step to finding financial stability after divorce is to speak with a qualified family lawyer, who can help you to […]

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October 30, 2015

Joint vs. Sole Custody During Divorce

Child Custody



If you are facing divorce and have children, determining who gets custody can be the most difficult part of dissolution agreements. There are two types of custody — joint custody and sole custody. If both you and your ex-spouse are present during the divorce, determining the specifics of a joint custody agreement will likely be part of […]

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October 23, 2015

Life after Divorce: Forgiving Yourself the “Failure” of Divorce

Divorce



Dealing with divorce is difficult — not least of which because of the social challenges that accompany it. Depending on how old you are, and how many social commitments and friends you have at the point of your divorce, going through a divorce can be a very lonely time. You’ll need to relearn how to be […]

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October 16, 2015

Cohabitation or Baby before Marriage Does Not Increase Risk of Divorce

Divorce Trends



Conventional wisdom has long-held that straying outside of the traditionally accepted social “schedule” for marriage and families will lead to an increased likelihood of a broken home or divorce. It has long-been argued, for example, that living together before marriage means that the couple is more likely to get divorced. This has also been said of […]

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October 9, 2015

Should You Consider Divorce Mediation?

Mediation



Even amicable divorces can involve a certain level of stress and confusion. This is especially true in cases that involve children or a high net worth of assets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the divorce rate in the United States is 3.6 per 1,000 people, which is more than half the rate of […]

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September 25, 2015

Preparing for an Adoption in Illinois

Adoption



Deciding to bring a child into your life can be an exciting, life changing, and fulfilling decision. There are hundreds of children in the Illinois child welfare system hoping to find a loving parent or family. Having the stability of a strong family life is key to children’s development, and many Illinois residents are qualified […]

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September 18, 2015

Prenuptial Agreements: No Matter What Age You Wed

Premarital agreement



What age presents the least risk of divorce for couples to get married at? For years, young couples have been told it is best to wait until they are older and more settled to wed, but is that really accurate advice? According to a new study, waiting may actually increase the risk of divorce. The study […]

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September 11, 2015

College Support Agreements in Divorce

Child Support



It is a thrilling moment when your child is finally accepted into college. However, after the celebrations, an important question may pop into your head: Who is going to pay for all of this? Saying that tertiary education in the United States is expensive is an understatement. The costs of attending college are rising rapidly every […]

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September 4, 2015

How Illinois Courts Handle Property Division during a Divorce

Division of Property



On your wedding day, it is hard to imagine the bells will one day stop ringing. However, people can change, and so can your relationship. Sadly, nearly half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce. You are now faced with a mountain of challenges – from battling over child custody to learning how to navigate your […]

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August 27, 2015

Credit Card Debt and Divorce

Divorce, Divorce Finances



When you are going through a divorce, financial concerns may feel like the last thing you want to consider. After all, when your family and emotional life is crumbling around you, dealing with credit card debt, mortgage payments, and property division can seem almost overwhelming. Dealing with financial issues, however, is one of the most important […]

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August 26, 2015

Sexless Marriage and Divorce

Divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer



Lack of sex is one major and very socially acceptable reason for divorce, yet lack of sex — or frequency of it — is a very subjective line to draw. What one couple may call a sexless marriage, another may call very sexually active. So how to draw the line of what is considered a sexless […]

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August 14, 2015

Adoption and Reactive Attachment Disorder

Adoption, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



When a family decides to adopt a child, it is never an easy decision or one to take lightly. Not only will a new child in the family drastically change family dynamics, but there is also the consideration of the child who is being adopted—will he or she fit in with the rest of the family? Will […]

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August 7, 2015

Divorce Can Make You a Better Parent

Children of Divorce, Divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney



Contrary to sometimes-popular belief, divorce can be good for children. If the marriage is especially explosive, it can be more detrimental to a child’s psyche than the dissolution of the union of his or her parents. When parents who are not in love—or who have an especially volatile relationship—“stay together for the kids,” it can often teach […]

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July 27, 2015

Divorce: When the Signs Are There

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It is no secret that divorce is difficult. One of the most complicated moments in a divorce is before it even begins: making the decision that you and your spouse should no longer be together, and take the next step of your lives separately. Deciding to actually go to a divorce attorney and initiate the proceedings can […]

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July 20, 2015

Challenges of Same-Sex Divorce

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling extending the right to marry to all people in each one of the 50 states, there is one bittersweet factor for many same-sex couples: they can now also be divorced. Until now, they could not. A good example of this concerned one couple who had married in 2009 in […]

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July 13, 2015

What Marriage Equality Means for Same-Sex Couples

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In late June, the Supreme Court announced a historic ruling that effectively standardized marriage laws nationwide. Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, and will now be considered in the same ways as straight marriage—with all its ups and downs and confusing or complicating factors. As such, one can assume that the same types of […]

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July 6, 2015

Post-Divorce Finances: The Basics

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If you are going through a divorce, figuring out your financial future can be one of the most daunting prospects of the entire ordeal. Knowing exactly what you are dealing with can help to ensure that you are not left without options after your finances are separate. This can be especially important if you were not […]

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June 25, 2015

Mediation Can Help the Divorce Process

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Depending on how well you and your spouse get along, mediation could be a better option than a traditional divorce. Mediation is the process in which a couple that is separating works with a professional to come to an agreement on all aspects of the divorce, rather than in the court system. This makes the process more […]

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June 15, 2015

Surviving a High-Conflict Divorce

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Divorce is difficult. However, a high-conflict divorcecan be even more strenuous. According to Dr. Kathy J. Marshack, a licensed psychologist and family/business coach, a high conflict divorce is any marital dissolution in which a separating couple cannot resolve differences in a rational or businesslike manner. Instead, a couple creates a costly and time-consuming war in or out […]

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June 8, 2015

Calling it Quits: How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

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If you believe your marriage is coming to an end, telling your spouse that you want a divorce can be extremely difficult. Despite several years of fighting or failing to get along, the desire to divorce may come as a surprise to your spouse. Knowing how your spouse feels and the way in which you approach the topic […]

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June 1, 2015

Financial Infidelity Can Ruin a Marriage

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In recent years, much has been said and written about emotional infidelity. An emotional affair is a relationship, not necessarily physical, that is considered cheating due to the level of intimacy shared with a non-significant other. However, there is another, less intimate, form of infidelity—financial. Financial infidelity is any type of behavior in which one spouse […]

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May 25, 2015

A Sexless Marriage is Grounds for Divorce

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A healthy sexual relationship is an extremely important part of a healthy marriage. In fact, WebMD reports that an active sex life can stimulate feelings of emotional and physical security, translating to increased confidence levels and achievement levels throughout several aspects of one’s life. Sex and Marriage Statistics According to the National Opinion Research Center, the average American couple […]

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May 18, 2015

Juvenile Criminals May be Eligible for Resentencing

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Being charged with a felony is never an easy process; but when a child is charged with a crime, it can be a very long road—not just for the child but for his or her entire family. Certain cases, such as a recent case in Michigan, are visibly bunk and likely not to have lasting consequences for a […]

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May 11, 2015

Are Your Prenup Fears Unfounded?

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The stigma surrounding divorce may be tapering; however, the idea of a prenuptial agreement still causes many to run away scared. The suggestion or insistence of a prenuptial agreement may be viewed as a sign that one’s partner plans to end a marriage early, or is not in it—so to speak—for the long haul. It may also be interpreted […]

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May 4, 2015

Keeping a Vacation Home during Divorce

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Dividing assets during a divorce can be one of the most complicated, and certainly most contentious, procedures of the entire process. One frequently asked questions that divorce attorneys face is how a client may be able to keep a house. While couples may decide that selling the marital home is best—for emotional reasons as well […]

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April 23, 2015

Civil Unions: Not Just for Same-Sex Couples

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With the increasing social acceptance of same-sex marriages across the country, many states are moving away from civil unions for same-sex couples. In February of 2014, according to the Cook County Clerk’s office, marriage licenses for same-sex couples became available, and a marriage equality law went into effect for the state of Illinois. While this certainly cut down […]

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April 16, 2015

Domestic Violence and Divorce

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Though it is not an issue that often gains the spotlight, domestic violence continues to be a serious one in modern society—one that is so engrained in a woman’s daily existence that it seems commonplace. In fact, according to an article on Forbes, one in four women have experienced domestic violence. New research indicates that in incredible five […]

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April 12, 2015

Legal Recourse for Parental Alienation

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Parental alienation is the systematic breakdown of a child’s relationship with one parent after a divorce. It most commonly occurs after a contested or particularly nasty divorce. One parent may harbor extremely negative or detrimental feelings of the other and wants their shared child or children to be on his or her “side.’ The most […]

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April 2, 2015

Lifestyle Clauses in Prenuptial Agreements

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Getting a prenuptial agreement can seem like it is not necessary if you and your soon-to-be spouse do not have large numbers of assets or wealth. Prenups, however, are important for everyone—and the growing trend of so-called lifestyle clauses in the agreement are making them even more relevant. Lifestyle clauses in prenups delineate what will occur financially […]

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March 30, 2015

Financial Behavior Can Be an Indicator of Divorce

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According to Time, certain spousal behaviors indicate that a marriage may be headed for divorce. What some spouses may see as thoughtful behavior—showering a spouse in gifts and vacations, or fixing up a large house with the intention of moving to a smaller one—could actually be signs that the other spouse is ready to split. Changes in […]

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March 23, 2015

A Relationship with Your Child’s Stepparent after Divorce

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When going through a divorce, maintaining a healthy, congenial relationship can be greatly beneficial for all parties involved, especially for your children. This is particularly true if you decide to remarry, and a stepparent is introduced into your family. And although it may not be easy, it may prove beneficial in the long run. One Huffington Post […]

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March 16, 2015

Divorce and Infidelity: Facts and Figures

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Infidelity can tear apart a couple. And for those who have experienced infidelity, it may seem like the leading cause for divorce. However, cheating is not the only major cause for marital dissolution. In fact, according to a report published by Utah State University, a “lack of commitment” is even more common. Moreover, there are several factors […]

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March 9, 2015

Determining Property Division during Divorce

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When going through a divorce, the division of propertycan be one of the most difficult steps for couples. Divvying up a life once shared can be an emotional process, and it can also lead to nasty disputes and arguments. According to the Internal Revenue Service, nine states in the U.S. have community property laws. Hence, all property […]

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February 23, 2015

Reasons for Divorce and How to Make it Easier

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Divorce is never easy, especially if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have children. Moreover, there are several countless and valid reasons for seeking a divorce. One of these reasons is abuse, and this abuse can be emotional or physical. Additionally, infidelity, habitual lying, and risky behavior such as drug addiction, compulsive gambling, or violence that endangers you or […]

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February 16, 2015

Coping with Anxiety over a Joint Custody Agreement

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While shared or joint custody may seem like the best and most fair option for all parties involved after a divorce, it is not always easy. According to a personal story in The New York Times, learning how to deal with the separation from your child when it is the other parents’ turn to have custody can be […]

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February 9, 2015

Defining Guardian ad Litem in Illinois

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If you are going through a divorce, or have had a cataclysmic event in your family, issues of child custody may arise. If a court determines that a child is unsafe, or will not be provided for in the home of his or her parents or parent, a court will rule that the child must […]

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February 2, 2015

Requesting a Child Support Modification in Illinois

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If you are a divorced parent, chances are you have been through challenging and complicated proceedings concerning your children. Whether you and your ex-spouse share custody, or if custody was awarded to primarily one parent and visitation rights to the other, a child support order is likely to be part of the arrangement. Determining a Child Support […]

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January 29, 2015

Divorce and Remarriage in the New Year

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It is that time of year again … for divorce. Known as “divorce month,” January sees a surge in divorce filings. Additionally, the first working Monday of the New Year has been dubbed the most popular day of the year to begin divorce proceedings. In an article on Yahoo! News, James McLaren, president of the American Academy […]

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January 23, 2015

Spousal Maintenance Reform Comes to the Land of Lincoln

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For the last several years, advocates of alimony change in Illinois, New Jersey, South Carolina, and a number of other jurisdictions have asked their state legislatures to change spousal support laws. Last year, the Illinois state legislature passed significant revisions to the alimony law in Section 504. A judge still has some discretion when setting an amount and […]

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January 16, 2015

Tips for Telling Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

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Initiating a divorce can be extremely difficult and emotional. However, once all other options have been explored and you are ready to begin the process, it is important to seek legal counsel. Working with an experienced professional from the onset of the process can help to save time and money, and it can also provide you with a […]

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January 9, 2015

What is a “Bird’s Nest” Co-Parenting Agreement?

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Divorcing with children is never easy, but a new trend in divorce may make the dissolution of a parents’ marriage easier on children. This is because a so-called “bird’s nest” co-parenting agreement is the most child-centered co-parenting in which divorced parents can engage. A bird’s nest, or “nesting” agreement is one in which the children stay in […]

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December 22, 2014

Cheating More Common during Holidays

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Though attitudes about infidelity are slowly changing, extramarital affairs are still a major reason why nearly half of all American marriages end in divorce. The holiday season may just be the most common time to have an affair. According to The Huffington Post, data from the mobile dating app Clover revealed that more people, who are already […]

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December 15, 2014

What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?

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About 75 percent of missing children were abducted by a noncustodial parent. These tragic incidents are extreme examples of Parental Alienation Syndrome, a condition which is very common in divided families. Also known as “parental brainwashing” and even “malicious mother syndrome,” Parental Alienation Syndrome or PAS affects about one in five children. It comes in many forms, and parents who are going […]

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December 8, 2014

Tips for Divorce during the Holidays

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Divorce is difficult. The holidays are difficult. And when the two coincide, it can be one of the most agonizing times in a person’s life. Even if a marriage has been going downhill for some time, this can be particularly hard to remember during the holiday season when stereotypes of intact families and joyous partnerships […]

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December 1, 2014

Obtaining a Mortgage after Divorce

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Moving on after divorce can sometimes mean exactly that: moving. Changing homes can be both emotionally draining and time-consuming. Additionally, in a worst-case scenario, the person who is forced to leave the marital home is not the one who wanted the divorce in the first place. Unfortunately, for many, it does not get easier. According to an […]

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November 20, 2014

Illinois National Adoption Day Festivities Kick Off Saturday

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of National Adoption Day—an initiative started to help move the nearly 10,000 children in U.S. foster care into permanent, loving homes. While it is not run by one advocacy group, it is a collective effort of policymakers, practitioners, and advocates who work together to finalize adoptions that are in the works. […]

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November 18, 2014

Duggars Tie the Knot in Covenant Marriage

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Covenant marriage was back in the news recently, when Jill Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting marriedDerick Dillard in Bentonville, Arkansas. The couple is now expecting their first child. Jill’s sister, Jessa Duggar, recently married Ben Seewald. That ceremony was notable because of a celebrity appearance by actor Kirk Cameron and the couple’s decision to forego the […]

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November 11, 2014

When Mediation Works in Illinois

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Ending a marriage is consistently rated as one of the most stressful life events that a person can go through. According to the American Institute of Stress’s Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, divorce is the second most stressful event a person can endure, second only to the death of a spouse. Marital separation from one’s mate is […]

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November 4, 2014

Divorced Parent Paying for College: Planning Ahead

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Sorting through complicated financial issues is one major hurdle that many divorcees fear. There may be complex decisions to make regarding spousal support or alimony, the division of property, or issues of child support when applicable. Additionally, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have children together, sorting out how you plan to pay for your […]

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October 27, 2014

Property Division after Divorce: A Brief Guide

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Difficult emotions, stress, and heated arguments are not the only hurdles divorcing couples face. One of the more tricky aspects of divorce is the division of property. Several gray areas exist and can lead to conflict between separating spouses, especially when an attorney is not present to review ownership and legal stipulations. Although property division is a […]

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October 20, 2014

Staying in a Bad Marriage is More Damaging than Divorce

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Going through a divorce is overwhelming. For some, life may seem like it is spiraling out of control. However, many unhappy marriages can be healed through therapy, couples counseling, or good old-fashioned hard work. In fact, according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy(AAMFT), more than 50,000 family therapists and marriage counselors are working in the […]

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October 13, 2014

Defining Parental Alienation after Divorce

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With technology infiltrating every aspect of modern society and a tendency for people to choose screens over traditional interaction, the idea of social alienation is one oft-discussed by sociologists and psychologist alike. Yet one of the oldest—and arguably most effecting—types of alienation is one perpetuated not by societal trends, but the oldest relationship in history: […]

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October 6, 2014

Pet Custody Battles during Divorce

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One of many complications of the divorce process is often overlooked—who gets the pets? For couples, especially those without children, determining who gets to keep the family dog or cat can be as difficult and emotional as a traditional custody battle. However, according to an article posted by The Huffington Post, in standard divorce law, pets are not […]

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September 24, 2014

Grandparent Visitation Rights in Illinois

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All aspects of a family are affected by divorce. Not only are the children of divorce affected by the marital dissolution, the parents of the parents are also affected. Grandparent rights are often considered the most complicated visitation arrangements to be settled during a divorce, and not all grandparents have a right to visitation. According to The Huffington […]

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September 18, 2014

Are Courts Taking Away the Rights of Divorced Parents?

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Divorced parents may be losing their rights, at least according to a recent opinion piece in The New York Times. Divorced parents can sue each other; however, married parents cannot. When this happens, judges are often left to determine what is best for the children of divorce—including where they will go to school and where they […]

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September 10, 2014

Back-to-School Co-Parenting

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If you are a parent, back-to-school time can be one of the most stressful and busiest of the year. There are new clothes to buy, supplies to shop for, schedules to sort, and busy student days to work into your workday. This can be all the more complicated if you are divorced and have decided […]

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September 4, 2014

Advice for Co-Parenting after Divorce

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Divorce is never easy. But sharing parenting duties after marital dissolution may be an even more difficult than the divorce itself. Not only does co-parenting after divorce force you to remain on good enough terms with your ex-spouse and successfully navigate shared schedules, duties, and responsibilities, it also means that you will likely have to see your ex-spouse […]

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August 28, 2014

Advice for Divorced Dads

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Being a divorced parent can be a difficult role for any adult. Not only does he or she have to deal with the fallout of the failure of marriage and partnership, divorced parents who are the non-custodial parent may also deal with the loss of regular contact with children. Illinois awards custody to whomever the court deems as the […]

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August 20, 2014

Parental Gatekeeping and Custody Battles

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Parental gatekeeping is a term used by divorceprofessionals and those going through marital dissolution and refers to protracted or restricted custody battles in which one parent keeps the children from the other. According to The Huffington Post, parental gatekeeping is the act of “facilitating or restricting the relationship with a parent and a child.” Limitations can be placed on […]

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August 13, 2014

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders: What You Need to Know

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National statistics regarding marriage and divorce have drastically changed in recent decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social factors such as the feminist movement, the increasing number of women in the American workforce, and altered perceptions of gender roles have contributed to these changing statistics. Also, the average age of divorce has continued to increase, as […]

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August 7, 2014

To Keep Or Not to Keep the Marital Home

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One of the most complicated steps of divorce is the division of marital property. If you and your spouse have been married for several years, this is all the more complex—especially if you have multiple pieces of property, cars, or share financial or operational duties in a small business. If you are considering divorce, the importance […]

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July 28, 2014

The Basics of Post-Decree Modifications

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After a divorce is finalized, some may feel stilted or left out in the cold. This could be the case when one party in the divorce is awarded an exorbitant or seemingly unfair settlement given the circumstances of the divorce. For example, if the wife is caught cheating and then all marital property is equally distributed—even though the […]

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July 17, 2014

Domestic Violence in Chicago, One Year after New Law

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It has been nearly one year since Governor Pat Quinn signed the domestic violence legislation into law which made repeat offenses a felony and required schools to report abuse in intimate teenage relationships. The law was signed in August 2013, and, according to an Illinois Government News Network press release, was meant to curb the impact of domestic […]

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July 9, 2014

Resentment in Marriage Can Lead to Divorce

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Resentment, regret, and guilt are three of the most powerful negative emotions a person can feel. None are desired in a healthy marriage, yet there are times when one or all three exist. Resentment in a marriagecan occur for a myriad of reasons, least of which is due to a specific action or infraction on the […]

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July 3, 2014

The Benefits of Divorce for Children

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Couples considering divorce may opt to stay together for a myriad of reasons. And one of the most common reasons is children. While there are several psychological studies that point to divorce and the lasting negative effects it can have on children, recent research points to the fact that oftentimes parents who stay in a bad marriage do […]

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