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Divorce

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

How to Prepare Your Child for Testimony in an Illinois Custody Case

Children often need to give a testimony in an Illinois custody case, and parents can make this process easier on the children by preparing them ahead of time. This responsibility falls under the role of the guardian at litem and it requires careful care to ensure the child understands their role in

How Illinois Courts Handle Death During Divorce

A scissor is cutting a marriage certificate Because divorces can take months or even years to finalize, some people end up facing the reality of having their spouse die before the divorce is final, and this creates complications that must be addressed. If there are unresolved issues in the

Challenging a Judge’s Decision in an Illinois Divorce

A divorce decree document and a law gavel It is common for one or both parties in a divorce to disagree with some of a judge’s rulings. When this happens, they have the right to challenge the decision if they can provide specific legal reasons or information which might have resulted in a

Illinois Divorce: Why You Should File First

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

Why You Should Avoid Do-It-Yourself Divorce

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