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Save Time and Money on Divorce with Mediation

Deciding that it’s time to dissolve a marriage is never easy for either party, even if it’s the best option for you and your family. The stigma surrounding divorce is often one of heated arguments and each party doing his … Continue reading

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Income Shares: The New Illinois Child Support Law

Effective July 1, 2017, Illinois will join thirty-nine other states, in addition to Washington D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands, that use an “Income Shares” model for determining child support.  Currently, Illinois applies a “Percentage of Income” formula that applies … Continue reading

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There Are Many Divorce Options That May Save You Money, Time, and Excessive Heartache

Divorce is an all too common occurrence for many couples today. It’s also one of the most stressful life events a person can endure. Many couples face a hard choice of dissolving a marriage and being happier, or trying to … Continue reading

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Changes to Illinois Custody Law: Part 2 – Allocation of Parenting Time & Relocation

Allocation of Parenting Time The 2016 changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the “Act”) appear to be the Illinois legislature’s acknowledgment that, in most households, both parents work, and children are becoming busier with school and … Continue reading

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Changes to Illinois Custody Law: Allocation of Parenting Responsibilities & A Parenting Plan, Part 1

The Illinois legislature’s recent changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“the Act”) is an attempt to adapt to the ever-evolving parenting roles in today’s society.  While there have been many revisions to the Act as of … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for a Postnuptial Agreement

Getting married is more than just an emotional commitment. In the eyes of the law, it is a financial commitment as well. A postnuptial agreement can provide peace of mind for those who want to retain control over their assets … Continue reading

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Child Support and Income Sharing

Illinois follows the Percentage of Income Model for calculating child support. The current law (750 ILCS 5/505) sets child support by a percentage of the net income of the party paying support (generally the non-custodial parent) based on the number … Continue reading

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Making Sure You Get the Child Support You Need

Numerous reasons exist why you may not be receiving appropriate child support payments. First and foremost, have you asked for child support? Did you work with a proven divorce attorney to set up a legally binding child support order? In … Continue reading

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Preparing for Mediation in Divorce

Mediation is a good option for individuals contemplating divorce because it gives parties more control over their divorce outcome than either litigation or traditional negotiation through divorce attorneys. In mediation, the parties meet with a mediator who is a neutral … Continue reading

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New Maintenance Guidelines as of January 1, 2015 – A Game Changer

Much to the frustration of those going through a divorce in Illinois, the issue of maintenance (alimony or spousal support) has been a gray-area. Unlike child support, where the statute set guidelines based on the number of children, the amount … Continue reading

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