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Income Taxes and Your Divorce

When getting a divorce, you should be certain to discuss with your accountant the various tax issues that need to be considered. Additionally, it is important that provisions related to your taxes are negotiated and included in your Marital Settlement Agreement or, if your matter goes to trial, raised with the Court. Although taxes are often overwhelming, tax season will be much easier if you and your spouse determine these common issues in advance[1]:

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.