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  • Pros and Cons of a Prenup

    A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a signed and notarized contract that outlines how a couple will handle the financial aspect of their marriage. People used to think that prenuptial agreements were a guarantee that a marriage is going to fail. After all, why make a contract outlining what to do in the eventuality of a divorce? However, more and more couples are signing them, not as a guarantee ...
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  • What Factors Affect Child Custody?

    Divorce can be difficult for most couples, but those who are also parents have more to worry about. If a couple can’t agree on child custody arrangements, the court will typically decide how to divide the child’s physical and legal custody based on a number of factors. Most courts in the United States have an obligation to make a decision that is in the child’s best interests, ...
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  • Modifying Child Support Orders for Military Parents

    Life for servicemembers of the United States military can be complicated, particularly when going through a divorce. What complicates the process is child custody and child support. Active servicemembers are often deployed far away from their children, and they do not make as much money as you might expect they deserve. For example, if a military servicemember has a child, his or her child support ...
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  • Top 10 Child Custody Questions

    Divorce can be complicated, but nothing can make the process as confusing and hard to deal with as child custody. Both parents want to spend as much time with their child as possible; however, more often than not, the court will award one parent physical custody of a child while the other shares legal custody. If you’re about to go through a divorce as a parent, here are some of the most ...
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  • Questions to Consider Before Hiring a Child Custody Attorney

    One of the things that can make divorce extremely difficult is deciding on child custody. You and your spouse both love your kids and want to spend as much time with them as possible, but courts will likely try and distribute the time between you as evenly as possible. If you and your spouse can’t agree on a child custody arrangement, you might have to let the court decide. This often ...
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  • Are You Paying Your Attorney An Up Charge?

    Over the years there has developed a billing practice among certain Attorneys to add to the retainer contract an up charge for going to Court … which many clients blindly accept … without question... The Attorney, for example, may bill $275/hr for in office work and $300/hr for going to Court. ________________________________________ At The Divorce and Family Law Offices of Wakenight ...
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  • How is Child Support Determined in Illinois?

    Whether you were married or not, child support in Illinois is usually ordered. . . if a case is filed. The rare exception is where the parties have the same income and spend the same amount of time caring for the child(ren). Illinois Family courts determine how much child support should be paid by applying the guidelines for setting child support found in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of ...
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  • Knowing When to Switch Divorce Attorneys

    The quality of representation you choose to hire is in your control – should you find yourself with representation that is unsatisfactory, you should not hesitate to take action and move forward in your case with another lawyer by your side. In this blog, our Illinois divorce attorney explains when to know it’s time to switch divorce attorneys. Lack of Availability There are a number ...
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  • What's the Difference Between Fault & No-Fault Divorce?

    In Illinois, couples seeking a divorce have the option to file for a no-fault divorce, or a fault-based divorce. While both of these options will ultimately lead to a dissolution of the marriage, couples may find that they do not qualify for a no-fault divorce based on the requirements for this process. For skilled representation from a Cook & Lake County divorce attorney, call (888) 351-2843. ...
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