Category: Family Law


Keeping Property Separate

When a couple divorces in Illinois, their marital property is subject to an equitable division. This means a “fair” division based on a number of factors within the court’s discretion. Marital property is generally all income and property earned and acquired during the course of the marriage. In contrast, anything that a spouse owned coming  … Read more

Pension Benefits and Your Divorce

In an Illinois divorce, marital property is subject to an “equitable division” between spouses. Marital property is basically all property acquired during the course of the marriage. When considering this equitable, or fair, division, there are some marital assets that are easier to divide and distribute than others. For example, if there are two cars  … Read more

Tax Considerations Regarding Child Support

While no one can dispute that paying child support is a good and necessary responsibility of a parent, that doesn’t mean anyone particularly likes fighting for it or being ordered to pay it. For many separated parents, child support can be a source of tension and hostility. Whether you are paying or receiving child support,  … Read more

Calculating Child Support in Illinois

  State law in Illinois requires that both parents financially support their children. The underlying theory supporting this is that children should not suffer simply because their parents are no longer together. If you are in the process of a divorce or child custody dispute, you should consult with a family law attorney for assistance.  … Read more

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

  Divorce is one of the most difficult events in a person’s life. It is a highly emotionally charged time in which spouses are simultaneously dealing with the grief of a significant relationship ending, the anger of what led to the separation, the uncertainty of dividing marital assets, and the possibility of a heated dispute  … Read more

Developing a Parenting Plan

Developing a Parenting Plan

Child custody can be incredibly complex and intricate. It is so important that parents and courts develop custody arrangements that are realistic and meet children’s needs. In Illinois, these formal arrangements are called parenting plans. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, a parenting plan is a “written agreement that allocates significant decision-making  … Read more

Preparing for Mediation in a Divorce

Preparing for Mediation in a Divorce

  Going to trial can be a stunningly unpleasant experience. There is a natural anxiety that comes with testifying in a courtroom. But those feelings multiply when the subject matter is a divorce. After all, the long-simmering anger between spouses is at a natural climax, the tension is palpable, and there is always a level  … Read more

Temporary Orders in a Divorce

Separations and divorces are a time of great turmoil and disruption for everyone in a family. There are huge logistical questions that have to be answered, like the future of the children, your finances, and everyone’s living arrangements. Beyond these big questions are the raw emotions, fear, and anger that can manifest themselves in poor  … Read more

Divorce and the Family Business

  Divorce and a Family Business Married couples sometimes go into business together. This arrangement can take several forms. An example is when one spouse primarily runs the business while the other manages the household or holds another job. Another possibility is that both spouses collaborate on the business. It is therefore inevitable that when  … Read more