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  • Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

      Life is not stagnant and situations constantly change, but for divorced couples who share children, drastic changes can present some big issues that can be difficult to overcome, especially if these changes involve a big move. If you are considering relocating with your child after a divorce, it is crucial to carefully examine this decision without hastily beginning the process. Here are some ...
    • Three Reasons It's Important to Establish Paternity

      When a child is born to a single mother, only the mother is listed legally as a parent. That is, until the mother and father can legally establish paternity for its father. Legal paternity can have several benefits for all parties involved, including for the child themselves. Here are three extremely important and beneficial reasons why mothers, fathers, and children can benefit from establishing ...
    • Adopting Your New Spouse's Children: What You Need to Know

      When you marry to a spouse who has children, you may wish to obtain legal status as a parent for their children as well through the adoption process. Adopting stepchildren isn’t as long and detailed a process as a traditional adoption (you won’t have to go through home visits and a long waiting period), but you will have to go through the unique obstacle of obtaining the right to adopt ...

    FAQ

    The latest posts for FAQ are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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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