Grandparents’ Day Special: Fostering Relationships with Grandparents After Divorce

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Grandparents’ Day Special: Fostering Relationships with Grandparents After Divorce

September 13, 2020 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

The first Sunday after Labor Day is Grandparents’ Day. It is a day to celebrate the important role grandparents play in a child’s life and to celebrate the connections between generations. Divorce brings a lot of changes. Maintaining a child’s relationship with his or her grandparents during and the after the divorce may provide some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Illinois Law Promotes Settlement in Divorce Cases

December 19, 2019 | Divorce

It is Illinois public policy to promote amicable settlement of disputes in divorce cases. There are many reasons for this. Two primary reasons are 1) settlement is much more efficient than trial, and 2) divorcing spouses are in the best position to resolve disputes that impact their daily lives (instead of a detached judge). In […]

Right of First Refusal in Divorce

December 18, 2019 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

A “right of first refusal” means that if a parent intends to leave the minor child with a child-care provider for a significant period of time then that parent must first offer the other parent an opportunity to care for their minor child during that period of time. The theory behind a Right of First […]

Using Net Income to Calculate Child Support and Maintenance

December 17, 2019 | Child Support,Divorce,Maintenance (Alimony)

Gross income is the total amount of income before any deductions. Net income is the amount left over after the deductions. Child support and maintenance are calculated by the using net income of each spouse. This distinction is critical because child support and maintenance are going to be much lower using net income figures instead […]

Secure Attachment in Child Custody Cases

December 16, 2019 | Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

When parents of minor children divorce there is often a “custody dispute” over the amount of parenting time each parent receives. During the marriage, usually one parent was more responsible for taking care of the child. This is called “caretaking responsibilities,” also knowns as caregiving.  Usually at divorce, the parent with greater caretaking responsibilities will […]

Deviating From Child Support Guidelines

December 14, 2019 | Child Support,Divorce,Parenting (Child Custody)

Divorced parents whose children live with them (i.e. parents who have majority parenting time) bear many more of the basic child related costs, such as food, clothing, etc.  Child support is designed to get both parents to pay for these basic costs. Under Illinois law, “guideline” child support is calculated by determining the cost of raising the child […]

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