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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, … [...]

Who Needs a Prenuptial Agreement?

Every couple should sign a prenuptial agreement before saying "I do" because it can become "I don't" in the blink of an eye. And many couples do eventually end up in divorce court. Prenuptial agreements protect spouses from the potential pitfalls of divorce including disagreements over property … [...]

New Child “Visitation” Law In Illinois Significantly Affects Child Support Payments

A new child support law in Illinois that went into effect July 1, 2017, significantly changes the formula used to determine child support payments in divorce cases. The new law requires courts to consider both the income of divorcing parents and the amount of time each parent spends with their … [...]

Is an Attorney Necessary if Both Parties Agree to a Divorce?

Although it is not required by law, it is advisable to consult with a family law attorney in any divorce, even if both parties are in agreement. A divorce with an agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties is more likely to be found acceptable by a Judge. Uncontested does not Mean … [...]

Understanding the New Law on Divorce Attorney Fees

According to the Illinois Department of Publish Health, there were 29,331 divorces and annulments in the state of Illinois during 2013. Although this appears to be a downward trend, the stress of a divorce takes a toll on both parties. Once the final ruling is handed down, there is a sense of relief … [...]