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Legal Fees In A Divorce: Who Is Responsible?

Clients often ask their lawyers if their soon to be ex-spouse can be required to pay their legal fees at the end of a divorce case. While the Court does have the authority to order one party to contribute to the other party’s legal fees at the end of a case, it is no guarantee. There are a variety of overlapping statutes that apply to a request for contribution to legal fees[1]. There are even more cases out there analyzing these statutes.

Parental Alienation: Why It Occurs And How Courts May Rule On The Issue

 The practice of family law can be extremely difficult. When couples are involved in the divorce process they are experiencing the worst crisis of their lives. Over my 30 years in practice, I have successfully led my clients through this crisis. It is extremely rewarding to see my clients complete the process and successfully begin the next chapter of their lives. This occurs in most cases.

College Expenses and Your Divorce

College is expensive. That is a simple fact, and usually a major challenge for most parents and young adults. Many twenty-somethings are saddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loan debt with no plan on how to pay it off. But children of divorced (or never married) parents have another hurdle to conquer:  many divorced parents cannot agree on who should pay for college or how the costs should be divided.

Considering Divorce? There's No Good Time To Say Goodbye

I recently posted a question to my friends on Facebook:  what was the biggest regret in your  divorce or the ending of a significant relationship?  One response caught me by surprise because it is so true and so honest.  The response was simple:  the biggest regret was not ending the relationship sooner.  

So many clients facing a divorce wrestle with this question and often stay in an unhappy and unhealthy relationship because of perceived barriers or responsibilities, many imagined and almost all surmountable.

New Child Support Statute Takes Effect This Summer

Four months from now, we will all be enjoying sunshine, warm weather, our beautiful beaches and of course, the Chicago Cubs. But for those going through a divorce, July could bring changes that are more significant than the weather.

The new Illinois child support statute (Public Act 99-764) takes effect in July of 2017, and will undoubtedly change child support obligations for Illinois parents.

New Rule Requires Mediation For Financial Issues

For as long as I can remember, when it comes to custody issues in a divorce case, Cook County law has always required parties to mediate these issues.  Now, Cook County is doing the same for financial issues.  The Rule allows Courts to order litigants to mediation on financial issues.

Why the change?  There is a logjam of divorce cases which delays divorce cases from resolution.  Mediation not only saves clients time and money, but it improves efficiency in our Court system.

I Want That On The Record

For the record, put that on the record, we need that to be on the record, I don’t want that on the record, we need to make a record, and other references to the almost mythical “record” come up in every divorce case.

Despite continuous references to the record, rarely is the record clearly understood by the client. As outlined below, the record takes on many forms and is not found in any one location. The record is never any one thing but neither is it all things it might be assumed to be.