Category: Family Law

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

Planning for Your Second Marriage

If you are planning to get married a second (or third) time, congratulations! While planning your wedding and honeymoon will no doubt monopolize your time, it is also essential to make time to sit down with an attorney to adjust your estate plan to reflect the changes in your life.   What Do I Need  … Read more

Dissipation of Marital Assets

Dissipation of Marital Assets

At the end of a marriage, emotions are raw and tensions are sky-high. Unfortunately, this is when some people choose to blow off steam or punish their estranged spouse by spending a lot of money on themselves. The state of Illinois has a legal term for this, the dissipation of marital property. The Supreme Court  … Read more

Mother Wins Fight Against Judge’s Ruling That Found Her To Be A Fit Parent And Still Granted DCFS Temporary Custody Of Her Children

A mother was found to be a fit parent of her 2 minor children ages 9 and 10 and a father was found to be an unfit parent, however, the court awarded temporary custody and guardianship of the minor children to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  Illinois State Supreme Court Ruling:  … Read more

Wrongful Conviction Settlement Proceeds Ruled Marital Property In Divorce When Conviction Happened Prior To Marriage

Judge’s Ruling: Since the husband’s lawsuit for wrongful conviction accrued during the marriage, it was therefore marital property and subject to equitable distribution to the parties. Facts: Juan Rivera was charged with first degree murder in 1992. The victim had been raped and stabbed multiple times. Incriminating evidence against Mr. Rivera was presented including statements  … Read more