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Divorce

Why You Should Avoid Do-It-Yourself Divorce

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 allows married couples to … [...]

5 Signs a Contested Divorce Is in Your Future

Although it’s difficult to predict in advance whether a divorce will be amicable or contested, a few warning signs can help divorcing spouses understand what they might be facing. For the unprepared, a contested divorce can result in financial loss, inequitable distribution of assets, and loss of … [...]

Divorcing Couples’ Guide to Maintenance Awards in Illinois

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 maintenance is not an … [...]

When Government Employees Divorce

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 … [...]

Games People Play in Divorce

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 common part of the grieving … [...]

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 … [...]