How You Can Stop Your Spouse From “Using” Your Children in Illinois Divorce Cases

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How You Can Stop Your Spouse From “Using” Your Children in Illinois Divorce Cases

January 14, 2021 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

In high-conflict custody cases, many parents “use” their children to gain an advantage. When custody cases are a war between parents, their children are on the front lines. Studies show, not surprisingly, this is not good for the short-term and long-term health and development of children.  There are many ways a parent involves a child […]

How You Can Protect Marital Assets In DuPage and Cook County Divorce Cases

January 10, 2021 | Divorce,Property,Wealth

It is NOT uncommon for one spouse to solely control marital assets. This happens when one spouse puts bank accounts, retirement accounts, and investment accounts solely in his/her name. Also, house deeds and car titles. Despite the name on the property, these assets belong to BOTH spouses. They must be protected.  There cannot be a […]

How Dissipation Impacts Distribution of Marital Property

November 11, 2020 | Uncategorized

Marital property is property obtained during the marriage.  Although there are exceptions, this includes income earned, retirement benefits gained, and other pieces of property purchased, such as a house or stocks. When people divorce, the marital property must be distributed.  Illinois is a “Equitable Dissolution State”, meaning the marital property is not automatically divided 50/50.  […]

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 importantly, you have to be ready. While there are many personal factors that […]

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 distribution of marital property?  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 […]

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