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What Is Parent Alienation in Divorce?

Parent alienation in divorce occurs when one parent tries to damage the relationship or attachment between their children and the other parent. For example, one parent may lie to their children by saying that the other parent did not show up for a visit when one was not even scheduled. Over time,

What Is an Amicable Divorce?

In an amicable divorce, the couple works together to resolve issues such as property division, child custody, parenting time, and financial support in a fair and reasonable manner. The parties may or may not use the help of a mediator or other neutral third party. An amicable divorce is one in which

What Is a Divorce Settlement Agreement?

A divorce settlement agreement outlines how divorcing parties plan to manage issues such as child custody, property, assets, debts, health care, and income tax. That said, each divorce case is unique and answers the question, “what is a divorce settlement agreement?” differently. In complex divorces

What Is Reasonable Spousal Maintenance?

Divorcing couples may wonder, “what is reasonable spousal maintenance?” Whether spousal maintenance is reasonable depends on information such as the parties' backgrounds, each spouse's finances, the acquisition of wealth before or during the marriage, and the duration of the marriage. Several

How Much Does an Uncontested Divorce Cost in Illinois?

How much does an uncontested divorce cost in Illinois? An uncontested divorce can be an amicable way to end a marriage and generally costs much less than a contested divorce. That is because there is no need for a judge to hear arguments, weigh evidence, and render a decision.   When

What Happens if Your Spouse Won’t Sign Divorce Papers

If your spouse won’t sign divorce papers in Illinois, the dissolution of your marriage is still possible. If time, space, and/or mediation efforts are ineffective, your divorce lawyer will explain your legal options and help you proceed with a default judgment for the dissolution of your

What Is the Difference Between a Contested and an Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce happens when a couple reaches a mutual agreement regarding all the divorce terms before trial. A contested divorce occurs when the couple fails to agree on one or more major issues and will depend on the court to make the final decision. A divorce may begin as contested, but

How To File for Divorce in Illinois

To begin the divorce process (also called dissolution of marriage) in Illinois, one or both spouses need to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage tells the court information about the spouses, the marriage, the children, if any, the assets owned

How Marijuana Use Can Impact an Illinois Divorce

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Illinois. This can impact Illinois divorce cases if one spouse is a cannabis user, specifically in asset distribution and child custody. Because it is legal in Illinois, recreational cannabis use will have little effect on most divorce cases. However, in some

Is a Virtual Divorce Right for You?

The COVID-19 pandemic made many legal needs turn virtual, and virtual divorce is providing an option for couples seeking divorce who want to be as safe as possible from the virus. With virtual divorce options, couples can finalize their divorce without having to go to the attorney's office or even