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Divorce

Who Needs a Prenuptial Agreement?

Every couple should sign a prenuptial agreement before saying "I do" because it can become "I don't" in the blink of an eye. And many couples do eventually end up in divorce court. Prenuptial agreements protect spouses from the potential pitfalls of divorce including disagreements over property … [...]

New Child “Visitation” Law In Illinois Significantly Affects Child Support Payments

A new child support law in Illinois that went into effect July 1, 2017, significantly changes the formula used to determine child support payments in divorce cases. The new law requires courts to consider both the income of divorcing parents and the amount of time each parent spends with their … [...]

Is an Attorney Necessary if Both Parties Agree to a Divorce?

Although it is not required by law, it is advisable to consult with a family law attorney in any divorce, even if both parties are in agreement. A divorce with an agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties is more likely to be found acceptable by a Judge. Uncontested does not Mean … [...]

Understanding the New Law on Divorce Attorney Fees

According to the Illinois Department of Publish Health, there were 29,331 divorces and annulments in the state of Illinois during 2013. Although this appears to be a downward trend, the stress of a divorce takes a toll on both parties. Once the final ruling is handed down, there is a sense of relief … [...]

Chicago’s New “Income Shares” Approach To Child Support For 2017

The income shares method of calculating child support is the most commonly used method in the United States. More than 38 states use this method, and Illinois will use it to replace the old percentage of obligor model on July 1, 2017. This new method calculates child support based on the gross … [...]

Easing the Pain of Divorce for Kids

Every aspect of a divorce can have significant effects on the children who are involved. From explaining the news and preparing the kids for the changes ahead to the recurring challenges that exist with co-parenting, the way the entire situation is handled can make all the difference in the way … [...]

When Parents of an Autistic Child Divorce

For families who have children with autism, divorce can be especially difficult. In addition to the standard challenges that typically arise during a divorce, residential custody, parenting time and even child support often require special considerations. While the courts make these decisions based … [...]

Corners Not to Cut When Keeping Divorce Costs Low

When divorcing, keeping tabs on finances can become an all-consuming goal. For many, finding an affordable divorce lawyer is the first step in that process. Money-minded individuals in the process of getting divorced should take care to choose a divorce attorney who: Provides a detailed … [...]

Breaking Up Without Breaking the Bank

Keeping the cost of divorce down is essential towards achieving post-divorce financial recovery. For this reason, it's important to hire affordable divorce lawyers who can help navigate the legal process in an efficient and effective manner. The more efficient the attorney is at preparing for the … [...]

New Divorce Laws May Impact Your Child’s College Education

On January 1, 2016, changes that impact college expenses for non-minor children were made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Changes to Section 513 of this act may alter current obligations of divorced parents with children in college. Recent changes and the impact they have … [...]