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Illinois Family Law

Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Illinois?

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It’s odd to talk about having an advantage when it comes to a life moment as delicate and complicated as divorce. However, getting the upper hand over your soon-to-be ex-spouse can save you a lot of emotional and financial stress down the road. You may think that it’s really not that important who files for […]

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What is a Status Hearing in the Illinois Family Court?

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A status hearing is an opportunity for the parties in a divorce case to inform and update the court about the progress made on previously-identified issues and to determine the best next steps. The court will address issues during the hearing based on the past matters and suggestions raised by the court, the progress so […]

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How Can I keep My Divorce in Illinois Private?

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Are Divorce Records Public? There are certain events in a person’s life that must be recorded by the state as part of its public and vital records. These records which include a child’s birth, a marriage, a divorce, and a person’s death, are reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health. There are many reasons […]

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Starting The Divorce Process in Chicago

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When a marriage does not work out and couples decide it is better to part ways than to endure the agony of staying in an unhappy, unhealthy situation, divorce is the solution. The decision to get a divorce does not come easy. It comes with a lot of uncertainty and emotions that can be overwhelming. […]

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Equitable Division in a Chicago Divorce

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During their twenty years of marriage, Harry and Barbara’s attitude toward money was that it belonged to them as a couple. They shared the family finances and had joint bank accounts in both their names Also, because they earned almost the same amount of income, it would make sense to divide the family money 50-50 […]

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Who Pays the Bills During Divorce?

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Going through a divorce is a difficult process. It becomes more difficult if you and your spouse cannot agree on whose responsibility it is to pay for the most important and necessary expenses. It is common to have a workable, temporary agreement to stabilize the family living routine and help ease along the process until […]

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Family Law and Your Goals

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Family law is more than just divorce or custody hearings. While this is a big part of what family law firms do, the most rewarding part of a family law case is the end of the case and seeing a satisfied, happy, relieved client. Family law also deals with adoption, prenuptial agreements, paternity, and modifying […]

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What Will Change in the Custody Agreement If You Relocate After a Divorce?

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As a way of moving forward with life post-divorce and considering your new financial circumstances, you might decide to relocate to a new location with your children. Generally, child custody arrangements should indicate if you are permitted to relocate with your children, including geographical limitations or how far you can move. Even so, if your […]

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Hidden Assets in Divorce

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What to Watch Out for If You Think Your Soon-to-Be-Ex Spouse Could Be Hiding Assets Because Illinois is an equitable distribution state, your marital assets will be divided in a manner that the court deems as fair. The court will consider the facts and circumstances of your case and it uses these elements to decide […]

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