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Divorce

What Kind of Divorce Is Right for You?

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 the … [...]

When the Stakes are High: Why You Don’t Want to Go Through Divorce Alone

Attempting to reach a divorce settlement without a family law attorney may result in unfavorable terms for one or both parties. Divorce agreements have lasting consequences. Finding an equitable solution to the issues involved in the break up of a marriage can be difficult. The Stakes are Always … [...]

Why a Temporary Order Is So Important in a Divorce Case

Courts often issue temporary orders to address daily living and support issues that arise during the divorce process. These orders can impact the final divorce settlement. It is important to carefully prepare and present evidence to the court to ensure that the temporary order is fair to both … [...]

What Not to Sell (Until After the Divorce Is Final)

Physical property and financial assets acquired during the term of a marriage are considered marital property and may not be sold or disposed of by either party during a divorce without court approval. Eliminating or hiding assets to deprive a spouse of their value in the divorce settlement can … [...]

A Common Law Marriage in Another State Could Mean Divorce in Illinois

Illinois family law does not allow common law marriage between persons who choose to cohabitate, however, the state law does recognize common law marriages that began legally in other states. Persons who entered a legal common law marriage in a state that allows them must seek a divorce before … [...]

What Is a Pre-Trial Conference in an Illinois Divorce?

Judges hearing Illinois divorce cases usually require divorce lawyers for both parties to meet in at least one pre-trial conference. At this meeting, the attorneys present to the judge the progress of the divorce settlement and discuss any new issues that need to be resolved between the parties. … [...]

Why More Couples Are Getting Divorced Later in Life

Divorcing later in life, often referred to as gray divorce, is becoming more common, in part, because as people enjoy longer, more active lives, they grow apart and their goals and interests change. While the divorce rate for most other age groups has remained the same in recent years, the rate of … [...]

Secrets to a Friendly Divorce

Following a few simple steps can enable divorcing couples to maintain friendly terms during a divorce. Friendly interactions, mutual respect, and open communication are more likely to bring about positive outcomes for divorcing spouses and their children. Friendly divorces are not the norm. For … [...]

Proving Hidden Assets in a Divorce

If one spouse is attempting to hide assets prior to or during a divorce, the other spouse can use a legal tool known as "discovery" to prove the attempted deception and uncover the hidden assets. Assets are categorized in several different ways. Marital assets are those acquired during the … [...]

How an Amicable Divorce Can Impact Your Kids

An amicable divorce can be more confusing to children than a divorce that ends a horrible marriage that had lots of stress and ongoing arguments. If one parent is abusive or in the throws of addiction, or there is constant tension in the home, divorce makes sense to children. In an amicable divorce, … [...]