Consequences of Waiting to File for Divorce

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Consequences of Waiting to File for Divorce

April 14, 2020 | Divorce,Maintenance (Alimony),Parenting (Child Custody),Property

Divorce is never easy. The whole process is long, daunting, expensive, and stressful. Once you have decided that your marriage is over it may be hard to start the process (e.g. hiring an attorney, filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage). Most important, you have to be ready. There are many personal factors that must […]

Child Custody Issues Arising During Stay At Home Order

April 7, 2020 | Parenting (Child Custody)

The COVID-19  stay at home order imposed by Governor Pritzker specifically allows parents to leave their residences for court ordered child custody exchanges (also known as a parenting exchange). Therefore, the stay at home order, by itself, does not provide a basis for parents to disregard a court ordered parenting exchange. However, some parents are […]

Surviving Stay At Home Order With Your Soon To Be Ex

April 3, 2020 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

Governor Pritzker’s order for Illinois residents to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19 is two weeks old and will be in place until April 30, 2020, at the earliest. Staying home may be repetitive, boring, and, at times, frustrating. It may seem like we are starring in our own Groundhog Day.  But […]

Are Parenting Exchanges Permitted Under COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

March 21, 2020 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order requiring Illinois residents to stay home, subject to certain exceptions. This order is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the public health. Under the order, people cannot leave their homes except for “essential” activities and travel. There are many essential […]

Income Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15

March 20, 2020 | Wealth

The U.S. Government announced today that the income tax deadline of April 15, 2020 has been moved to July 15, 2020. Consequently all individuals and businesses have three extra months to file their income taxes. For those who would owe money to the government, the extra time to file means they get to hold onto […]

Where to File for Divorce

February 4, 2020 | Divorce

A divorce occurs when a judge signs a divorce judgment (formally called a judgment for dissolution of marriage). Therefore, getting divorced involves going to court. But what court? There are many types of courts in the United States: federal courts, state courts, administrative courts, etc. In Illinois, divorce cases are heard in state court at […]

How Length of Marriage Impacts Distribution of Marital Property

December 24, 2019 | Property

What happens when divorcing spouses cannot agree on the marital property they receive?  Illinois divorce judges distribute marital property “equitably,” not always 50/50. Two important factors are 1) which spouse contributed to the acquisition of the property, and 2) the duration of the marriage. If the marriage is short, judges favor the spouse who purchased […]

Temporary Support in Divorce Cases

December 23, 2019 | Child Support,Maintenance (Alimony)

During a marriage it is common for one spouse to have complete control over the finances. If there is then a divorce, it is not unusual for the spouse in control of the finances to “cut off” the other spouse from access to marital funds. This may be a tactic by the spouse in control […]

Holiday Gifts: Non-Marital Property in Illinois Divorce

December 22, 2019 | Property

Gifts received by a spouse during a marriage are the non-marital property of the spouse receiving the gift. A gift can be from one spouse to another or from someone outside of the marriage to one spouse . At divorce, each spouse keeps their non-marital property, including all gifts that were received during the marriage. […]

Filing Taxes Jointly or Separately During Divorce

December 21, 2019 | Property

A single person files taxes individually. A married couple  file taxes in one of two ways: 1) married filing jointly, or 2) married filing separately. If spouses are married on December 31 of a given year then they can file either married filing jointly or separately for that year. Therefore, if spouses are going through […]

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