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How a recent job loss impacts child support and spousal support?

Lost your job or primary income source due to the coronavirus crisis? You’re not alone. More than 20 million jobs have been lost and most of the country remains under stay-at-home orders. With household finances reeling and business shutdowns mounting, many people are concerned about keeping up with their child support and spousal support… Read More »

Potential Changes to the Maintenance Statute in Illinois

Illinois House Bill 4759 (“Bill”) was recently introduced suggesting changes to the maintenance statute under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  The proposed change to the statute presents a major shift in considering a spouse’s fault when setting maintenance or alimony.  For well over 40 years, the statute has directed courts to… Read More »

Its Raining Cats and Dogs and…

A recent October 9, 2019 New York Times article by Steven Petrow asks “After a Divorce, Who Gets the Dog?” The author tells the story of how he was offered a dog in exchange for $16,000 during his divorce proceedings. There, because his spouse had the dog before the marriage it was treated as… Read More »

Remember to do These 10 Things After Your Divorce is Finalized

After your divorce is finalized, you may find yourself burying your head in the sand and not wanting to take care of important follow-up tasks.  After all, you just went through an emotionally and financially challenging time, and you probably need a break!  While being sure to take care of yourself physically and mentally… Read More »

How to Maintain Privacy During Divorce Proceedings

Divorce proceedings often require the filing of documents with the court that include intimate (and sometimes sordid) details of a client’s personal life. Pursuant to United States Supreme Court case law, transcripts of court proceedings, pleadings, and court orders and rulings all become a part of the public record. This effectively means that the… Read More »

Litigation Alternatives

While the Chicago Family law attorneys at Katz & Stefani are effective and experienced litigators, when possible we find it is beneficial to our clients to avoid the financial and emotional costs of extensive involvement in the court system. There are many ways cases can be resolved apart from litigation. Some possible methods are… Read More »

Personal Property: Division & Valuation

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

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

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

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 »

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