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Is co-parenting the right option?

Learning how to work with a former partner to raise children can be a challenge for many people in Chicago. With the Illinois Department of Public Health showing that Illinois divorce rates are holding steady at 2.6 divorces per 1,000 people, or 45.6 percent of the marriage rate, this is a common … [...]

Property division: Is it marital or separate property?

Division of property is a concern for most couples going through a divorce in Chicago, Illinois. Many individuals know Illinois law requires a divorcing couple’s assets to be divided fairly and equitably. However, many people may not realize this law only applies to property considered marital … [...]

Grandparents’ visitation rights under Illinois law

It’s not uncommon for grandparents in Chicago, Illinois, to play a substantial role in the upbringing of their grandchildren. According to the Illinois Department on Aging, more than 200,000 minor children live in Illinois homes headed by grandparents. Sadly, when parents separate or a family goes … [...]

Battered mothers face uphill battle in custody disputes

Domestic violence affects many families in Chicago, Illinois; the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports it served more than 40,000 adult survivors in 2012 alone. For victims, seeking help and leaving an abusive relationship is often difficult. Sadly, when battered mothers try to … [...]

Eliminate custody disputes with a parenting plan

When parents divorce in Chicago, Illinois, it is not uncommon for the court to award joint custody. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act presumes the maximum involvement of each parent is in the best interests of the child, unless domestic violence has occurred. Even when both … [...]

Changing your auto/home insurance policies in a divorce

Many people preparing for a divorce in Chicago, Illinois, know the separation will affect insurance such as health insurance and life insurance. However, many couples overlook the importance of modifying other insurance policies, such as home and auto insurance, both during divorce proceedings and … [...]