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Do You Have a Parenting Plan for the Holidays?

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Parenting and custody disputes during holiday seasons disrupt families and are emotionally upsetting to children. A detailed parenting plan that includes provisions for the holidays can ease the stress on children and eliminate parental disputes. Holiday Disputes Increase Anxiety While spouses … [read more]

How to Avoid Real Estate Investment Scams

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Real estate investment scams can cost investors thousands in lost assets. Understanding how they operate and how to recognize them can protect investors against financial loss. Losses Rising As they take advantage of a recovering real estate market, investors continue to add real properties to … [read more]

Why You Should Avoid Do-It-Yourself Divorce

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Couples who attempt to dissolve their marriages without divorce lawyers often make crucial mistakes in their settlement agreements. These errors can result in financial hardship and child custody disputes. Do-It-Yourself Does not Equate to Fair Illinois law allows married couples to … [read more]

5 Signs a Contested Divorce Is in Your Future

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Although it’s difficult to predict in advance whether a divorce will be amicable or contested, a few warning signs can help divorcing spouses understand what they might be facing. For the unprepared, a contested divorce can result in financial loss, inequitable distribution of assets, and loss of … [read more]

Illinois Orders of Protection: What About the Kids?

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Orders of protection may name children and other family members to safeguard them from physical harm or other abuse by a family member. When necessary to protect a child, courts may also grant temporary emergency custody to a petitioner to care for the minor until the full court hearing can … [read more]

What Chicago’s Building Code Overhaul Means for You

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The Chicago City Council revised the city’s building code for the first time in more than seventy years, bringing it in line with the International Building Code (IBC) construction and use practices. These changes affect property owners, buyers, and developers. What Changed Construction technology … [read more]

Divorcing Couples’ Guide to Maintenance Awards in Illinois

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Illinois law outlines the manner in which spousal maintenance is awarded in a divorce. Understanding the law's requirements can help ensure that the final divorce settlement and maintenance arrangements are fair to all parties. Maintenance Award Determined by Court Spousal maintenance is not an … [read more]

When Government Employees Divorce

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Spouses and family members enrolled in a government employee’s benefit plans are officially linked to the government entity and may be entitled to benefits and retirement income even after a divorce. In cases where the government employee fails to enroll them in their benefit plans, they may still … [read more]

Guide to Child Custody for Unwed Parents in Illinois

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Unwed parents do not always share equal rights of custody and parenting. Parentage must be established to support custody rights or claims of responsibility for support. Questions of Custody and Responsibility The rise in the number of unwed parents has raised questions about parental custody rights … [read more]

Will a Balloon Mortgage Land You in Hot Water?

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Balloon Mortgages generally feature lower interest rates, smaller monthly payments, and lower down payment requirements but the large balance that comes due at maturity may make them too risky for some homebuyers. The inability to pay the balloon payment due at the end of the mortgage term may … [read more]