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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]

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 … [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]

Games People Play in Divorce

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Divorce sometimes motivates a spouse to use unfair tactics to delay proceedings or hurt the other party. It is essential to recognize these unfair tactics and overcome them as the parties move toward a fair divorce settlement. Games Hinder a Fair Settlement Anger is a … [read more]

Homeownership Is Once Again the American Dream

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The American Dream of homeownership is once again a reality for those who may have been excluded from the housing market in the past. Buyers who do their homework and understand the local real estate market can avoid disappointment and be ready to close on the home of their dreams. With more buyers … [read more]

Help! The Seller Backed Out of Our Contract

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When sellers back out of a sale, buyers may be entitled to compensation for their losses. A contract to sell real estate is legally binding on buyers and sellers. Once the agreement is signed and funds are deposited in escrow, neither party can back out without consequences. Why Sellers Back … [read more]

Parenting Plans: When the Other Parent Is Unfit

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Proving that a parent is unfit to retain custody of their children is often difficult and requires more than disagreement with a marital partner about parenting. Understanding of the criteria courts use is essential in establishing that a parent is unfit. The Best Interests of Children Courts … [read more]

What Kind of Divorce Is Right for You?

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Illinois couples who divorce can choose from several methods. Selecting the best type of divorce for their situation is crucial to a fair and equitable settlement that addresses all of their needs and protects their rights. The First Decision The number of divorces each year equals about half … [read more]

The Key to Buying a House with No Down Payment

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Mortgage assistance programs make it possible for many home buyers to purchase a house with little or no down payment. To make use of these programs, home buyers must understand which programs are available in their area and qualification requirements for each. Home Ownership can be a … [read more]