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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Divorced Dad on Deck

As I was driving to work the other morning, I saw a father with his two children at the end of their driveway, waiting for the school bus. A typical scene of dad wearing a jacket, huddled over his mug of coffee, casually holding the small backpacks

“I am not paying for his trips with his girlfriend! Am I?”

If this is your issue let me introduce you to your new favorite word, it’s called “dissipation” – how to make him (or her) re-PAY. To the men out there, please don’t be offended, because while my example above makes the husband the “bad guy”in this situation,

Divorce Planning: My spouse/partner controls all of our finances – I don’t know what we’ve got or what we owe … What do I do?

Whether both of you work, or one of you stays at home, it’s common that one spouse is primarily responsible for the household finances. If you’re reading this, my guess is that you are not the one paying the bills, balancing the checkbook, investing your money or

Social Media and Divorce – Be careful!

You’re looking for a place to let off steam … You want to vent about your spouse … You get “tagged” in some fun ‘girls’ night out pics … Tweet, Update Your Status, Post Some Pics on Your Story – What’s the harm? Well, at best no