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  • Tips for a Happier Divorce

    Regardless of whether you decided to end your marriage or your spouse did, getting divorced is painful. Nobody gets married and expects for the marriage to end. Divorce can be expensive, stressful, difficult for your children, and erratic. While it may not quite seem possible now, you can have a happier life after divorce than you can imagine. Keep in mind, the happiness won’t just become ...
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  • Common Mistakes After a Divorce

    As soon as the final hearing has commenced and you’ve signed your divorce agreement, you may feel a huge sense of relief. You are now free to start a new chapter of your life without the burden of court dates, attorney fees, or invasion of your privacy. Everything can return to normal. However, beginning a new life comes with its own set of obstacles. Additionally, some aspects of your ...
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  • Why Moving Out During Divorce is a Bad Idea

    A house is typically a couple’s most valuable financial asset, and most people are emotionally tied to their home as well, especially when children are involved. For those reasons, the questions of whether one spouse should move out when the other decides to divorce can be a contentious issue. Although it may seem like moving out would probably be best for all parties involved, kids ...
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  • Am I Eligible for an Uncontested Divorce?

    When both spouses agree to a divorce, filing for an uncontested divorce is a fast and cost-effective option. The streamlined procedure includes fewer proceedings, less legal wrangling, lowered courts costs, and lowered attorney bills, allowing many couples to get their divorce granted more quickly compared to contested divorce. These types of divorces are typically available to couples who agree ...
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  • How to Act in Divorce Court

    Whether it’s the first or the last, you are being evaluated at every court appearance during your Illinois divorce. The judge presiding over your case and the lawyers involved are assessing your character and credibility, analyzing you to figure out if you are emotional and easily frazzled or cool, calm, and collected. Although many couples experiencing the divorce process become stressed ...
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  • Gray Divorces

    Although divorce rates have remained relatively low for most age groups over the past 20 years, there is one demographic where divorce rates have actually doubled—couples involved in long-term marriages. This phenomenon is commonly known as “gray divorce,” which refers to men and women who divorced after 40 years or more (i.e. baby boomers). The following are common reasons why ...
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  • The Benefits of Mediation

    Mediation is a process for resolving conflict and coming to an agreement where both spouses control the outcome of the divorce. A disinterested third party, known as the “mediator,” assists the parties in determining a mutually acceptable divorce settlement. In contrast to hotly-contested court litigation, mediation emphasizes cooperation, problem-solving, and address all needs of ...
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  • New Illinois Divorce Law Treats Pets More Like Children

    Aside from child custody, alimony, and property division, one of the most contentious divorce issues is custody over family pets. While, in the past, companion animals were treated like assets or properties in divorce proceedings, a new Illinois divorce law will require the family courts to start treating them like children. The new state law—which took effect on January 1, 2018—will ...
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  • New Tax Law Scraps Alimony Deduction

    In the divorce process, one party may become legally obligated to make alimony payments to the other. Since these payments are typically costly, obtaining tax deductions for the payer has often been a critical step in formulating a divorce settlement. By contrast, the recipient’s payment is generally taxed like regular income. The current setup tends to preserve more money overall to ...
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  • 5 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Divorce Lawyer

    Getting ready for your divorce is a multistep process, beginning with asking the right questions to your divorce attorney. Finding the answers early on can prepare you for the road ahead and allow you to anticipate and overcome what would have been some big surprises in your case. Here are five questions you should always ask your divorce attorney: Will I need to pay spousal maintenance? One of ...
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  • Online Divorce Vs. Hiring a Divorce Attorney

    Everyone in the modern day understandably wants convenience wherever they can get it. The technology of our times has allowed us to expedite almost everything and place an endless virtual world right at our fingertips. However, not every technological advance is beneficial. Sometimes, adding convenience subtracts other important factors and considerations. This the case with the latest trend in ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney for My Divorce?

    Most anyone going through a divorce will be immediately confronted with a variety of new concerns and questions that require a legal understanding of the situation to address. Knowing their rights and responsibilities is crucial to protect their best interests. Anticipating the typical litigation process is also essential in case matters do not pan out amicably and a family law judge is needed to ...
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  • Choosing the Right Divorce Lawyer to Manage Your Divorce

    Attempting to go through a divorce alone is not recommended and, thankfully, rarely attempted. Retaining a divorce lawyer is simply too beneficial to ignore. However, you should not blindly pick and hire the first divorce attorney that you see. You need to take some time to look for the right divorce attorney for your unique divorce case. Otherwise, you could be jeopardizing your best interests ...
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