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New Child Support Statute Takes Effect This Summer

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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,… Read More »

New Rule Requires Mediation For Financial Issues

By Katz & Stefani |

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… Read More »

I Want That On The Record

By Katz & Stefani |

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… Read More »

Tips For Staying Healthy And Mindful During The Divorce Process

By Katz & Stefani |

Like death, loss of employment or relocation, a divorce is a major upheaval in a person’s life. It is finality that a person may or may not be ready for but is forced to deal with regardless. Stress on the body and mind during the divorce process is inevitable. Therefore, how a person manages… Read More »

What Happens AFTER The Divorce? Tips On Preventing Post-Decree Litigation

By Katz & Stefani |

You went to court; the Judge took your testimony; and a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage was entered. You think the horrific experience of going through a divorce is finally over, but you and your ex-spouse continue to have difficulty working together on issues that you thought were resolved. You are constantly arguing over… Read More »

How To Prepare Your Financial Affidavit

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During the divorce process, each party is required to disclose the following: their income, expenses, assets, debts and other financial-related items. Disclosure is done through filling out a financial affidavit, through formal discovery, and by other means. All courts in Illinois now use a state-wide financial affidavit form that is available online. Effective with… Read More »

What Does “Sole Custody” Really Mean?

By Katz & Stefani |

It is a story that has been dominating the tabloids for weeks: Angelina Jolie is trying to get sole custody¹ of the children she and her soon-to-be ex, Brad Pitt have together. While the public does not know the details of the Jolie Pitt case, I can say that obtaining sole custody is not… Read More »

Your Appearance In Court: It Matters

By Katz & Stefani |

Among the many aspects of divorce that cause stress and anxiety is the necessity to appear in court from time to time. Even if you hire an attorney to represent you, there may be times you must be present as part of your case. Did you just feel your blood pressure rise? Not to… Read More »

Tips For A Great Holiday Season, Despite Your Divorce

By Katz & Stefani |

Going through a divorce or being divorced during the holidays can be extremely painful. The pressure of having fun and spending time with friends and family can be difficult to handle, especially if the divorce is fresh, when raw emotions are still there. That said there are some things you can do to ensure… Read More »

Strictly Business: The Importance of Keeping Your Emotions out of the Courtroom

By Katz & Stefani |

Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every divorce. What most people don’t think about though is that there are two sides to divorce for each person – the legal side and the emotional side. The legal side is the aspect of divorce that involves many important… Read More »

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