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Personal Property: Division & Valuation

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The allocation of personal property is one of the last issues any Judge or attorney wants to address. There have been numerous cases in which the parties have expended tens of thousands of dollars arguing over items such as Tupperware. Most clients understand the financial and emotional costs of litigation and that it makes… Read More »

Guarantees to Pay Divorce Attorney Fees by Relatives of Litigant

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The First District on December 17, 2017 issued an opinion relating to payment of divorce attorney fees by relatives to the actual litigant who guarantee or outright agree to pay for the divorce litigants fees. Ben Goldwater v. George S. Greenberg and Denise Greenberg, 2017 IL App (1st) 163003. Enforcement of these agreements to… Read More »

Parenting Time Refusal by a Child: Strategies for the Parent Without the Majority of the Parenting Time

By Katz & Stefani |

In the last blog, we provided guidance to a parent with the majority of parenting time seeking advice on how to facilitate and encourage parenting time for their child with the other parent. In that blog, we presumed good will and efforts by the parent with the majority of the parenting time to effectuate… Read More »

Parenting Time Refusal by a Child: Strategies for the Parent with the Majority of the Parenting Time

By Katz & Stefani |

A client asks: “My 13 year old daughter never wants to go to her father’s house. She says it is boring and she would rather stay at my house since her friends live nearby. What should I so? What are my legal obligations?” Pursuant to Section 607.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of… Read More »

Does it matter when you file for divorce?

By Katz & Stefani |

Does it matter when you file for divorce?  Yes, in a divorce case involving maintenance, the filing date of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Illinois may impact the term of the maintenance award.  Effective January 1, 2015, Illinois adopted “guidelines” for maintenance (otherwise known as alimony or spousal support) awards. In a… Read More »

Income Taxes and Your Divorce

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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… Read More »

Legal Fees In A Divorce: Who Is Responsible?

By Katz & Stefani |

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… Read More »

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

By Katz & Stefani |

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… Read More »

College Expenses and Your Divorce

By Katz & Stefani |

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… Read More »

Considerations In A Divorce Involving A Disabled Child

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The parents of a child with special needs have a higher divorce rate than the overall population. Unique and complicated issues can arise when parents of a child with disabilities seek a divorce. Below is an overview of issues that should be considered in a divorce involving a special needs child: Parenting Time Schedule…. Read More »

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