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Illinois Divorce: Why You Should File First

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A divorce document and two marriage rings with a background of a law court Filing first in a divorce proceeding offers several significant advantages to the petitioner. By filing first,  the petitioner and divorce lawyers set the pace of court proceedings and deadlines.  The petitioner … [read more]

Misbehaving? It Could Impact Your Custody Case

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A broken black-and-white photo, dividing a father from a mother and children An allegation of misbehavior or non-traditional conduct is not enough to show that a parent is unfit. To establish parental misconduct, the behavior must result in a lack of proper care for the children or negatively … [read more]

What You Should Know About HOA Rules Violations

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A big house is under construction Penalties for violating Home Owner Association (HOA) rules can include fines, legal costs, and even liens against the property. To protect themselves, homeowners must understand the HOA’s regulations and their obligation to comply with them.  Take HOA … [read more]

Do You Have a Parenting Plan for the Holidays?

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A mother and her child are playing at the beach of ocean 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 … [read more]

How to Avoid Real Estate Investment Scams

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A fraud alert red warning showing on a person's computer's screen 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 … [read more]

Why You Should Avoid Do-It-Yourself Divorce

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A hand with a marriage ring 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 … [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 … [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 … [read more]