Top Ways to Avoid Spousal Support in a Chicago Divorce

Spousal support is often a contentious issue in marriages that are substantial in length, where one spouse has outearned the other spouse. Spousal support (formerly called alimony and often referred to as maintenance) is the payment of money from one spouse to another during and/or after divorce proceedings.

The first step in determining spousal support or spousal maintenance is to determine if the divorce case qualifies. In Illinois, the divorce court considers many factors when determining if a case is a “spousal support” or “maintenance” case, including the length of the party’s marriage, the income history of both parties, the…

When Divorced Parents Disagree About the COVID-19 Vaccine

There is a lot of disagreement about vaccinations for children and the argument between parents with differing views on this subject is not a new one. Illinois family law attorneys representing parents in this type of disagreement have worked throughout the years to avoid the problem in its entirety by addressing the issue of vaccination in the parenting agreement, now called an Allocation Judgment. A prior agreement on how to handle vaccinations will give clarity as parents deal with the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are a number of questions and co-parenting issues surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. Here are five of the…

3 Reasons Parents Lose Custody of Their Child in Chicago Family Court

There are many things that parents do when they are going through a separation from a partner or a divorce where a parent could lose custody — or impact their rights to make decisions for their minor children going forward, or which could thwart their parenting time schedule. Illinois no longer uses the term “custody”. Instead, the major decisions that need to be made relative to a child’s healthcare, education, extra-curricular activities and religion are now allocated as “parental responsibilities” between both parties, or to one party. This was formerly what we called legal custody. There is also now a…

Who Typically Initiates a Divorce in a Marriage?

In my experience as a Chicago divorce attorney, when it comes to which spouse initiates a divorce in a marriage it is more often the wife. Of course, there are plenty of husbands who file for divorce but in a typical case, it is the wife.

I presume that the reason for women filing first is because it is more often the wife who will search out an attorney to talk to about divorce and schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer to talk about what is going on in the marriage and her reasons for thinking of filing for…

5 Signs You May Need a Prenup Agreement

Once people get engaged, they often start getting all the planning and details of the wedding ready. There are plans for the wedding dress, the bridesmaids, planning the honeymoon, and the gift registry, but very little planning goes into whether a premarital or prenup agreement is needed. If you are a young Chicago couple and have no assets, then maybe you will elect not to get a prenuptial agreement. However, even young couples with no assets can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. …

Credit Card Debt and Divorce

As Chicago divorce attorneys one of the common questions we’re asked by clients is how the credit card debt gets divided in a divorce. When you get a divorce in Chicago the Illinois law requires all debts and assets accumulated by you and your spouse to be divided equitably. Equitably is not necessarily equally, however it could be.

There are many factors that are considered when dividing credit card debt and other debts in a divorce and the court will look at all the circumstances surrounding the debt that was incurred. If the debt was incurred during the marriage before…

Divorce is never an easy decision. However, should you have to stay in a toxic marriage for your child’s benefit?

I am sure that you could ask this question to many different people and receive a different answer from everyone. Some people are committed to staying in a marriage even if it is toxic because they took a vow on their wedding day. I will not go as far as to say that this is just silly, but my answer would be very close to that view.

5 Toxic Marriage Situations Where Divorce May Be the Answer

1. Some Marriages Can Be Saved

The question is, which ones are those? If you are merely bored or…

Top Questions You Should Ask During a Divorce Attorney Consultation

Selecting an attorney to represent you in your divorce is an important step that can have a lasting impact on your future. To aid you in the process we have prepared a list of questions important to ask in a divorce attorney consultation.

1. How long have you been practicing divorce law in Illinois?

The most important question to ask during a divorce attorney consultation is about that attorney’s experience with Illinois divorce law. …

Generally speaking, when there is an issue relative to the allocation of parental responsibilities and/or parenting time (formerly known as custody and visitation), the Courts in Illinois will first send the parties to mediation, prior to adjudicating any of the issues in Court. Using mediation in allocation of parental responsibilities disputes can be very effective.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is the process where the two litigants meet with a neutral third party, a trained mediator, to try and resolve their differences prior to having hearings before a Judge. The only time mediation is waived is when there is a significant hindrance or impairment…

Pet-Nups: Don't Forget Your Furry Friends When Planning Your Marriage

People have heard of prenuptial agreements; those have been common for some time. People are frequently considering postnuptial agreements as well. Whether you are considering a prenup or a postnup, you might want to consider adding your pets to it. People who have pets are now including pet-nuptial provisions within their agreement that address what will happen in the event of a divorce. For those couples who are not married, a simple contract that addresses what to do with their pet in the event of a breakup can be beneficial as well. …

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