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Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Few people look forward to having to visit a lawyer. In most cases, having to hire a lawyer means you are involved in a stressful, contentious process, especially when you are getting a divorce. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way.  A collaborative divorce is

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Too Late! Power of Attorney vs. Mental Capacity

Too Late!  Power of Attorney vs. Mental Capacity

I frequently receive phone calls from people who want to bring their elderly parent in to execute a Power of Attorney (also called an “advanced directive,” or “POA”).  Let’s say the call is from a Son in this case.  Dad, now in his late 80’s, conveniently put

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Parenting Plan in Illinois

Parenting Plan in Illinois

The law in Illinois governing what was formerly called child custody and visitation underwent a significant revision in 2016. The terms “custody” and “visitation” eliminated  in favor of “allocation of parenting time and responsibility” or a parenting plan. Parenting Plan All parties to a divorce or parentage

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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Discernment Counseling

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Discernment Counseling

There are three types of people who come to an initial consultation for divorce in our office.  The first type is someone who has already, firmly, made the emotional commitment to divorce.  They are ready to sign, ready to get that divorce on file.  The second type

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Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

What are “grounds”?     Prior to 2016, Illinois allowed both fault and no-fault as grounds for divorce. Previous fault grounds for divorce included adultery, physical or mental cruelty, abandonment, drug or alcohol addiction, imprisonment for a felony, and impotence. In 2016 all fault grounds for divorce were

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Spousal Support in Illinois

Spousal Support in Illinois

One of the most common questions divorce attorneys hear from their clients is whether they will be able to collect, or how much they will have to pay, for spousal support (also called “maintenance,” and formerly called “alimony”). Suddenly, the family’s income must support two households instead

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Telephone Contact with Children

Telephone Contact with Children

Nearly every parenting agreement has a provision for “reasonable” communication with a child. After all, before the divorce, you were able to talk to your child every day in your home. It certainly seems reasonable to be able to hear about a good test grade or field

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Student Loan Debt and Divorce

Student Loan Debt and Divorce

Can I get the money we paid for his student loans back when we divorce? Are her student loans my responsibility after we divorce? According to Experian’s State of Student Loan Debt report from August 2017, the average student loan debt in 2017 was $34,144 per borrower.

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What in the world is “DISCOVERY” and why do I need to do it?

What in the world is “DISCOVERY” and why do I need to do it?

You completed your Financial Affidavit, and that was brutal. Whoever decided you needed to go through months of expenses, endless pages of credit card statements, utility bills and the like to come up with what you spend per month to run your household had to be playing

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How to Hire a Divorce Attorney

How to Hire a Divorce Attorney

  You found those texts from some other woman on his phone. Or you had a process server hand you papers while you were putting the kids in the car for school. You need to find a divorce attorney . . . how do you navigate the

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