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Married couples share a lot of things without thinking much about it. You probably have some property that you think of as your own, some you think of as your spouse’s, and much that you acquired together and think of as shared. However, when it comes to dividing property in divorce, state law often steps

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Mediation can be an efficient way to settle your divorce case, if it’s right for you. A mediator is an unbiased third party who meets with you and your spouse to reach an agreement on the various aspects of divorce. The job of the mediator is to suggest solutions and help bring the two sides


According to the CDC, there is a divorce in the United States every 36 seconds. That amounts to hundreds of thousands of divorces every year. This might not be surprising, given the well-known statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce.

Here are some lesser-known stats on marriage in America…

The more times you

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Illinois already has a formula, or guideline amounts, for determining child support. These are written into the law. But there is no similar guideline for spousal support, which has led to a lot of discrepancy in what gets awarded. At the beginning of next year, however, a new Illinois law goes into effect, and it

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We get this question a lot. The idea that fathers have rights that are different from those of mothers is a misunderstanding that has been created by the way some family law attorneys advertise. These lawyers try to get clients by suggesting they specialize in “father’s rights,” which makes fathers think they need to hire


No one wants an expensive divorce. We get a lot of calls from people looking for low-cost options. Many wonder if they even need an attorney at all.

Illinois has something called a Joint Simplified Divorce. If you have a fairly simple situation and meet the financial requirement, you might qualify. You can get a


If you read my blog, you know that I am not a believer in “father’s rights” type marketing strategies.  It’s the stuff of snake oil salesmen in my opinion.  If you care about your clients then you do whatever you can for them.

I do think some laws are unfair though. The biggest violator has


I would never call myself a “fathers’ rights lawyer” or “mothers’ rights lawyer.”  I believe the firms that do that are really just trying to scare you in to hiring them.  A lawyer either fights for you or they don’t.  Tricking somebody in to thinking you have a passion for your work isn’t the

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The best-case scenario is when you already have a court order in place. We’re talking about a court order for child support, which is a court document that tells one parent what they must pay the other parent for the support of their child or children. If you have one of these, then you have

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Alimony, spousal support and maintenance all mean pretty much the same thing, which is the money that one spouse regularly pays to another after a divorce. The reasons, amount, and length of time vary, however.

The idea behind spousal support is that many times the spouse who earns less, or who doesn’t work at