Kogut & Wilson, LLC

Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C. was founded in 2015 by Attorneys Eva Matela Kogut and Bryan J. Wilson. Attorneys Kogut and Wilson had already been working together as a team for some time at two of Chicagoland’s premier divorce and family law firms. In opening their own firm, they endeavor to prove to clients that it is possible to receive elite, industry-respected counsel while still experiencing a personalized, attentive approach to their case.

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Stephanie Tang will share her insights on college expenses in the COVID age and more as a panelist in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s webinar “College Expenses and Divorce and COVID: Questions, Complications and Answers” on Wednesday, September 30 from 1 pm – 4:15 pm. The panel, consisting of family law practitioners and judges, will discuss and answer questions related to: divorced parents’ responsibilities regarding college-related expenses how COVID has impacted college plans and funding college-related expense considerations in planning, negotiating and drafting divorce settlements tips for affording college without breaking the law including information on trusts, guardianships,…
You are ready to be divorced —  you have dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on your marital settlement agreement and parenting plan, you’ve completed your court-ordered parenting course — what’s next? You may be asking yourself, “When will I get my day in court?” or “What is this term, ‘prove-up,’ that my attorney keeps mentioning?” What is a prove-up? A prove-up is the final day in court when couples get divorced. They submit their marital settlement and parenting plan to the judge for review and approval and also put the terms of the agreement on the record. Who…
With some schools not having in-person classes, many working parents in today’s COVID era are left wondering if they can leave their child home alone. Currently, Illinois law defines neglect as a parent leaving any minor under the age of 14 without supervision for an unreasonable period of time without regard for the mental or physical health, safety or welfare of that minor. However, there are other laws that may also come into effect in a parentage or divorce case when parents are at odds and don’t see eye to eye on whether their child is ready to be home…
Kogut & Wilson is proud to announce Eva Kogut has been named the 2021 Chicago Lawyer of the Year in Collaborative Law: Family Law and Family Law: Mediation. Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year recognition is an honor in which only one lawyer in each specialty and location is selected based on the uppermost overall peer-feedback. Eva was also named in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 list in the areas of Family Law, Collaborative Law: Family Law and Family Law: Mediation, recognitions she has received since 2018. Working exclusively as a family law attorney and trained mediator, Eva helps clients…
There is no right or wrong answer when deciding whether your children should attend school in-person full time, under a hybrid model or 100% remotely. Every family has to make a choice based on the best interests of their children and loved ones.    In families that are separated or divorced, this decision becomes even more difficult. In many situations, one parent has the majority of parenting time. With remote or hybrid learning, this places not only the vast majority of responsibility on that parent to facilitate e-learning, but in many circumstances, also the need for daytime childcare when schoolwork has been completed. For working parents or parents with multiple children, it can be a nearly impossible to do this while also meeting work and job…
Experiencing family law matters can be highly emotional and likely raises many questions. Below are common concerns families and individuals face when they seek our assistance. For additional questions or assistance, contact the experienced attorneys at Kogut & Wilson. Divorce How long will this take and how much will it cost? In short, it is difficult to tell. There are timelines with courts and a fair amount of documents to be completed by both parties. When parties do not agree on a matter, it takes time to negotiate. In these situations, we do our best to keep things moving. An average range…
When it comes to parenting schedules, courts generally use a set of standard arrangements between parents. While these customary schedules work for many families, they are not feasible for each situation. Every family faces unique challenges in determining the appropriate parenting time schedule. For some families with parents across state lines, a workable solution for the distance between households must be identified. Going the distance When one parent lives out of state, a traditional parenting time schedule will not work. But this does not mean that the parent living outside the state must forgo parenting time with their children. In…
Once a divorce is final, there are many steps we recommend our clients take to ensure all aspects of life are covered. Although some steps will be outlined in a Marital Settlement Agreement, the topics below will guide you in moving past a divorce. Dividing Retirement Accounts A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a legal order dividing a 401k and many pension plans, and the terms of the division are stipulated in your Marital Settlement Agreement. An attorney should help finalize this process as you will need to go back to court to get the QDRO entered. When dividing…
When a marriage is not working, many wonder what their divorce options are. There are multiple approaches to divorce, and our attorneys have years of experience with each method. To get a basic understanding of each approach and to determine what works best for your specific situation, below is a summary of the three most popular methods: Litigation Litigation is the most common and well-known route to divorce. In a litigation matter, either both or one of the parties will retain an attorney and file the matter with a court. If amicable, the attorney will draft and negotiate a…
Did COVID-19 impact your wedding day? In between locking down a venue, rescheduling vendors and sending out another round of save-the-dates, it is important to revisit your negotiated and/or executed prenuptial agreement if circumstances have changed since the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic caused many economic changes for millions of people around the world. If you or your partner’s financial circumstances have changed since the negotiation of your prenuptial agreement, you both will need to review the terms of the document to ensure that items addressed are still fair and equitable. This diligence will help ensure that your prenuptial agreement…
Kogut and Wilson is proud to announce that Stephanie Tang has been named Secretary of the ISBA Family Law Section Council for 2020-2021. Stephanie is stepping into this new role after actively serving on the council since 2017. Previously, she acted as Chair of the Case Law Committee which summarizes recently published cases for family law practitioners and judges. The Family Law Section Council encourages and supports family law attorneys to practice with the utmost professional and ethical level and expertise. The council reviews and offers insight on all family law legislation introduced in Illinois legislature, hosts annual seminars to…
Has COVID-19 caused a change in your housing circumstances? Considering a move to avoid the condensed urban environment? Before finalizing any plans, divorced parents need to consider the specific provisions in their parenting agreement that deal with moving or relocation. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act outlines that if the primary custodial parent wishes to relocate, he or she must give the other parent at least 60 days written notice if the move is more than 25 miles from the current residence. If both parties are in agreement, an order memorializing the move is then created and filed…
COVID-19 has disrupted everything: work, school, restaurants, and even outdoor spaces. But did you know COVID-19 can also impact your maintenance and/or child support obligations? If your income has been impacted by COVID-19, it is important to contact your attorney immediately to ensure your obligation does not accrue. The court does not recognize side agreements – this process must be memorialized by an agreement submitted to the court. The courts are considered “essential services” during this pandemic, and though court appearances look a little different these days, Kogut & Wilson’s attorneys are still consistently appearing in front of judges. If…
Do you have a graduating high school senior? Between Zoom graduation ceremonies and drive-by graduation parties, it’s important to reach out to your attorney to discuss modifying child support to cover college costs. Child support doesn’t necessarily end once a child turns 18. A judge can order both parents to contribute to a child’s college expenses and looks to the factors found in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to help make this decision. These factors include: (1) The present and future financial resources of both parties to meet their needs (including retirement savings); (2) The standard of…
The Getting Split Ready podcast, hosted by Marya Carey Pleasant and Doug Katz, recently featured Bryan Wilson to share insights on divorce processes and outcomes. The podcast provides listeners with an unscripted, informative and honest discussion with top professionals covering topics about divorce, separation and starting over. Bryan offered his perspectives on a range of divorce-related issues in the following segments: Marriage Story as a Justification for Collaborative Divorce Divorce and Hollywood When Litigation is the Best Solution Divorce vs Separation – Legal and Practical  Bryan Wilson concentrates his practice in the area of family law with extensive experience involving…
The dress has been purchased. The invitations have been sent. A countdown to the big day is prominently displayed. As many details are being finalized, couples often don’t think about an important component of wedding planning: the prenuptial agreement. The premise–that a couple is planning for the challenging financial aspects of the of their relationship–can create tension during an exciting time. Understanding what a prenuptial agreement is, the process involved and the benefits afforded can help alleviate stress for those considering adding an agreement to their wedding planning checklist. What is a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement is tailored to…