Category: Family Law


Divorce, Death, and Retirement Benefits

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Estate Planning, Family Law
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  Beyond the extreme emotional toll of a divorce, couple also have to figure out how their property will be divided. This is one of the greatly contested areas in family law and where many attorneys spend much of their time. There is the matter of identifying separate versus marital property, as well as assessing  … Read more

Child Visitation in the Summer

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Family Law
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  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?

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Family Law
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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

  • Robert S. Thomas,
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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

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Family Law
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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

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Family Law, Taxation
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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

Choosing a Guardian for Your Children

There are few, if any, decisions more personal or important than the ones you make about raising your children. One decision that is sometimes overlooked, or put off for a later date, is choosing a guardian for your children in the event of your incapacitation or death. This is the person or people who will  … Read more

Calculating Child Support in Illinois

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Family Law
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  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?

  • Robert S. Thomas,
  •   Family Law
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  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

  • Robert S. Thomas,
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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