Pre-nuptial agreements are often recommended by attorneys as an excellent way to protect oneself in the event of a divorce. However, it is important to…Read More
With the end of summer break drawing near, now is a popular time for families to take one last vacation together before school starts. Vacationing…Read More
Whenever a divorce is finalized, many individuals will naturally find themselves wanting to enter the dating scene again. This can be an exciting experience for…Read More
Depending on the situation, the attorneys involved, and the personalities of the divorcing parties, divorce proceedings can last for what can seem like ages. When…Read More
Divorce has an unpleasant way of creating conflict in more areas than one can count. As spouses begin the overwhelming battle of what belongs to…Read More
In the State of Illinois, if a couple is married and the wife has a child, it is automatically presumed that the husband is the father. No further legal recourse is needed in order for him to be acknowledged as the legal father. However, in the event that the couple is unmarried, the father is not given the presumption that his in fact the father. He must formally establish paternity.Read More
What’s mine is yours. What’s yours is mine.
In some marriages people tend to share everything with their spouse. However, when it comes to divorce not everything is split 50/50. There is a difference between marital property and non-marital property.
In Illinois, the courts try to keep this area black and white, however, as with every law there are gray areas. Generally speaking marital property is everything obtained by the couple after the moment they say “I do.”Read More
It is not uncommon in a divorce for one parent to be named the custodial and the other non-custodial.
The custodial parent generally has the physical or legal custody of their children. Meaning their children live with them day-to-day, and the non-custodial parent receives visits or overnight stays.
A new provision under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act requires the custodial parent to give their ex-spouse the right to watch their children, instead of hiring a third party childcare provider, in the event they will be away from home for a long period of time.Read More
Divorce rates fell significantly when the Great Recession hit around 2009. So did couples come together in the midst of a financial crisis?
Not likely. As the economic recovery has continued the number of divorces have started to rise again.Read More
Infidelity is a common cause for divorce in the country. Illinois is one of only a few states that allows a party to claim adultery as a grounds for a divorce.
However, in divorce proceedings an affair will rarely extend beyond calling for the end of a marriage, and when it comes to deciding child custody, maintenance and other factors, infidelity carries little weight in the courtroom.Read More