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Leading the way, Peskind Law firm has reinvented family law.Divorce today is complex, and legal expertise alone is insufficient for people to achieve a successful divorce. Lawyers are trained as courtroom advocates and negotiators, but we are not necessarily experts in financial planning or the emotional challenges of family break up.

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An Illinois Divorce can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Even if the separation is amicable and you agree on most issues, it’s a time of significant life change and often emotional turmoil. That stress can be significantly aggravated when there’s a lot of conflict. But, there are steps you can take to dial down the stress, minimize conflicts, and keep your case moving forward. 
When is a Divorce High-Conflict?
There’s no formal definition for “high-conflict divorce,” but we generally use that term to mean what you’d think: that there are significant points of disagreement in the case. Sometimes,
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There is only one person you will need to impress: the judge. Check all behavior through the lens of, “how will the judge react to me doing this?” If you think your conduct may offend or irritate the judge, don’t do it. Because we can’t always be objective about ourselves, it’s important to hire a lawyer who knows the judge and has good common sense. 
Don’t send text messages, e-mails and Facebook posts when you are angry–your spouse will use them against you if given an opportunity. Remember: the judge may read

The Illinois Supreme Court has made it easier for co-parents suffering high conflict relationships.

With the adoption of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 909, courts can now require parents to use a parenting coordinator to resolve ongoing parenting disagreements.

Rule 909 defines “parenting coordination” as “a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process conducted by a licensed mental health or family law professional, which combines assessment, education, case management, conflict management, dispute resolution, and decision-making functions. Parenting coordination is for co-parents who are unable or unwilling to cooperate in making parenting decisions, communicate effectively with regard to issues involving their children, implementing comply
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Alimony vs. spousal support—what’s the difference? How can they affect your financial situation after a divorce, and how much support can you expect to pay or receive? In this article, our team at Peskind Law Firm in St. Charles, IL, shares what you need to know to help you through your legal proceedings.
What’s the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support?
There is no difference between alimony and spousal support. Most people associate alimony with men supporting women after divorce proceedings, but this term is older and more outdated. Illinois law actually prefers the term “spousal maintenance” instead of spousal

Going through a divorce is difficult for you and your family, so you should find a lawyer who can take some weight off your shoulders instead of adding to it. When choosing a divorce attorney, you should find someone you can trust and who has your best interest at heart.
Are you looking for divorce lawyer services in DuPage County? At Peskind Law Firm, we have over 35 years of combined experience in family court. We know what success looks like, so we can help you prepare for a good outcome.
We’ll go over the best questions to ask
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Protect your financial future by understanding how Illinois courts have started dividing cryptocurrency in a divorce setting. Bitcoin first emerged in 2009, but it took several years to capture the public’s imagination. Now that cryptocurrency prices have skyrocketed, opposing parties in divorce court have taken notice.
But what is cryptocurrency? How do judges assess the value of a volatile digital asset? And how do courts determine ownership of cryptocurrency? Discover the answers to these increasingly relevant questions below.
What Is Cryptocurrency?
Any form of decentralized, encrypted,
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Combine the general stress of the holidays with a recent divorce and custody battle, and you have a recipe for a less-than-jolly season. While the post-divorce holidays may be different, they don’t have to be stressful. No matter what you and your former spouse disagree on, you are likely both in agreement that you want a happy, low-stress holiday for your children. 

If you’ve been searching for a guide that explains how to co-parent during the holidays, this article is for you. Our family law attorneys have outlined seven tips for co-parenting during the holiday season that will, hopefully, make
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The “most wonderful time of year” for recently divorced parents can seem like the most stressful time of year. Navigating a multitude of family changes, complex custody schedules, and confusing emotions, the holiday season can be downright dreaded for some recent divorcees. While navigating this time of year can feel overwhelming, remember that you are not alone, as many parents have been in your shoes. Our family law attorneys at Peskind Law Firm have written this article to provide some tips to effectively navigate the holidays after a divorce, like co-parenting and creating a holiday custody schedule that works for
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Divorce and the Family Business
In any divorce case, property needs to be: 1. identified, 2. classified 3. valued, and 4. divided. Identification of property is the act of discovering what’s there. Classification involves determining whether the identified property is marital property to be divided or non-marital property of one of the spouses. The valuation phase puts a number on the property based on its fair market value. Finally, division involves allocating the property equitably. Sometimes the property itself is divided, and other times there are offsets and buyouts arranged.
This formula is fairly straightforward with most assets such as
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Summer is here, and it’s time to start planning your trips. For many people, this is as simple as turning on the computer and booking plane tickets. For others, it’s a bit more complicated. 
When you are co-parenting with a former spouse or partner, there are many more challenges in planning summer vacations and simply figuring out summer schedules for your children. Accordingly, in this article, we will talk about some ways to more easily handle the pressures that come with planning parenting time during the summer.  
If you need help determining what kind of visitation you’re entitled to this
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Life brings changes. Sometimes those changes are completely unexpected. When it comes to child custody matters, you want to make sure that any unexpected life changes do not cause any issues with your children after a divorce. That is why the family courts in Illinois, as with other states, allow for the modification of child custody orders after a divorce has been finalized.  
In this article, we will discuss the important issues involving the modification of a child custody order in Illinois. If, after reading this article, you have more questions about modifying a child custody order in your own case, we
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Divorce is complicated, both emotionally and legally. It requires you to commit to a legal process about which you likely know very little, and all the while, you must deal with the pain and heartbreak that goes with ending a major milestone in your life. To make the divorce process just a little more transparent, we will discuss the main steps in any Illinois divorce in this article. 
Now, regardless of whether you are entering into an amicable or contested proceeding, here the main steps that you can expect in your Illinois divorce: 
Step 1: Making the Decision to Get
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Can I move and still retain 50/50 parenting time in Illinois?
Obtaining a 50/50 schedule is often an important step in ensuring that you are a part of your child’s life and get to see them often. Sometimes circumstances change, however, and a move further away from them becomes necessary. When this happens, parents often wonder exactly how far they can move and still retain 50/50 custody.
The first thing to consider when answering this question is what your parenting plan says about relocation. The allocation of parenting responsibilities and parenting time that the court set forth at the end
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How can I relocate with my child after a divorce as a custodial parent? 
The end of divorce proceedings is a relief for most parties; however, it is not necessarily the end of legal concerns. This is especially true when children are involved. Custody agreements offer specific terms that both the custodial and noncustodial parent must follow. Failure to adhere to them can result in legal consequences and potentially even a loss of parenting time. One of the areas where disagreements and complications most commonly arise is relocation.
What is relocation? 
Relocation refers to moving with children after a divorce,
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Divorce can be an incredibly stressful time for many. A lot of people prefer to avoid divorce at all costs and will often prolong an unhappy marriage. Divorce is expensive, the family is pulled apart, and conflict kicks into overdrive. When it comes down to splitting assets and family division, you see a different side of your former spouse – and yourself. It’s not uncommon to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression during the uncoupling transition. When you lose a partner, you experience new forms of stress, including financial, emotional, sexual, and physical. Due to the amount of stress that
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As we enter into the month of love, you may be feeling discouraged or that you have nothing to celebrate. In a culture that romanticizes romance and love, rewrite the narrative and focus on loving yourself! Taking care of yourself mentally and physically is one of the best things you can do, especially during a stressful time like divorce!  
1.) Take time each day to do some form of exercise: Not only is exercise beneficial to your physical health, but it is also a great stress reliever and great for your mental health. Elevate your heart rate to elevate your mood.
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