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Does it matter when you file for divorce?

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

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?

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

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

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

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 »

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,… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

Tips For Staying Healthy And Mindful During The Divorce Process

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 »

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