Category: Family Law


How Does a Couple Legally Separate in Illinois?

  Legal separations have become relatively rare in Illinois. This may be, in part, because they are not the same thing as a divorce, nor are they necessary to seek a divorce. Despite this, there is statutory authority in Illinois that authorizes legal separations and there are several scenarios in which it may benefit one  … Read more

Child Visitation in the Summer

  Kids love the summertime. There is no school, they get to spend time with friends, go to summer camps, and spend hours on electronic devices. At the same time, summers can be tough on children and their separated parents. This is because both parents sometime have plans and desires for their children that conflict  … Read more

How is Spousal Support Decided?

Spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony, is money that one spouse must pay to a dependent spouse following a divorce. The purpose of this money is to help that spouse to maintain the standard of living that he or she enjoyed during the marriage. Traditionally, family courts in Illinois have had broad discretion in  … Read more

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