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One of the most contested aspects of an Illinois divorce involves the division of marital assets. Deciding on how to divide your assets is never easy. It can become more challenging if you and your ex have a significant amount of assets, especially those considered hard to value. Coming up with an acceptable value for … Continue reading “How is Property Separated in a Schaumburg Divorce?”
Ending any marriage can be a complicated process. However, couples who have amassed a significant amount of assets or have acquired unique ones face additional complications when dissolving their marriage. If you are in this situation, you need to retain experienced high asset divorce attorneys in Illinois before moving forward with the divorce process. At … Continue reading “What to Know About High Asset Divorce in Illinois”
If you are going through an Illinois divorce, you likely already know that one of the most disputed aspects of the process is deciding on child custody and visitation. Understandably, the thought of spending less time with your children because you are getting a divorce can be stressful. However, this is a necessary step as … Continue reading “Understanding Differences Between Physical and Legal Custody in Illinois”
Filing for divorce can be a scary process. Most people have no experience with the legal system, so going through a divorce on their own can bring added anxiety. This is one reason why retaining an Illinois divorce attorney is highly recommended. Even if you are filing for an uncontested divorce, it is best to … Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions About Filing for Divorce in Illinois”
Dividing marital assets and debts is one of the more challenging aspects of your Illinois divorce. Even in seemingly amicable divorces, things can quickly take a turn. Those couples who have been married for a long time or have a complex asset portfolio may find the process of property division to be even more challenging. … Continue reading “Understanding Property Division in Your Illinois Divorce”
If you have decided that your marriage is over and you are considering filing for divorce in Illinois, you might be researching divorce attorneys. To make the most out of your initial meeting, it is imperative that you come prepared. This includes bringing any relevant documents, if possible, and to have a list of essential … Continue reading “Important Questions to Ask an Illinois Divorce Attorney”
No matter whether you have already started the divorce process or are considering filing for divorce at some point this year, there is little doubt that the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact how legal matters are handled. Aside from obvious closures now and in the future, it is important to understand how the coronavirus may … Continue reading “How Coronavirus can Impact Your Illinois Divorce”
If you are preparing for a divorce and you signed a prenuptial agreement before your marriage, you may be concerned about how this will affect you in the process. Every divorce is different, as is every prenuptial agreement. Having a valid prenup can alter the course of your divorce, which is why it is important … Continue reading “How a Prenuptial Agreement Can Affect Your Illinois Divorce”
When we talk about alimony in a divorce, it is not necessarily a set monthly payment you will receive until you die. In fact, some people do not receive alimony in their divorce at all. However, under certain circumstances, an alimony award may be warranted. To understand the types of alimony and whether or not you could be entitled to an award, it is important to speak with an experienced Rolling Meadows family law attorney. Permanent Maintenance Alimony Permanent maintenance alimony is what most people think about when discussing alimony. However, this type of support is usually reserved for…
When a couple has children together and decides to divorce or to separate, one of the parties may be required to pay child support to the other. The amount of these payments will depend on a few different factors, including the number of children that must be supported, the parties’ incomes, and how parenting time is shared between the parties. In most cases, child support payments cover the necessary costs of living, such as shelter, food, and clothing. It is also possible, however, for child support payments to be used to pay for a child’s college expenses. For help determining…
When a marriage breaks down, one spouse may decide it is better to hide or spend–or even destroy–certain assets rather than risk the other spouse gaining control of the property in a divorce. Such thinking is not only short-sighted and foolish. It can also place the spouse who misused the asset in a weaker legal position before the divorce court. What we are really talking about here is a legal concept known as “dissipation of marital assets.” The Illinois Supreme Court has defined dissipation as the use of marital property or assets for purposes outside of the marriage when…
When a marriage breaks down, one spouse may decide it is better to hide or spend–or even destroy–certain assets rather than risk the other spouse gaining control of the property in a divorce. Such thinking is not only short-sighted and foolish. It can also place the spouse who misused the asset in a weaker legal position before the divorce court. What we are really talking about here is a legal concept known as “dissipation of marital assets.” The Illinois Supreme Court has defined dissipation as the use of marital property or assets for purposes outside of the marriage when…
An often-overlooked issue in Illinois divorce cases is whether or not a spouse–usually a woman–wants to revert to the use of her maiden or former last name. Many people simply do not think about this until after the divorce is final. Some of you might just assume you can just start using your maiden name … Continue reading “New Illinois Law Simplifies Process for Restoring Maiden Names After Divorce”
An often-overlooked issue in Illinois divorce cases is whether or not a spouse–usually a woman–wants to revert to the use of her maiden or former last name. Many people simply do not think about this until after the divorce is final. Some of you might just assume you can just start using your maiden name after a divorce without any following any formal legal process. The reality is not quite so simple. Historically, if a divorcing spouse wants to change back to a maiden name, she must request a court order as part of the divorce proceedings. The judge…
When it comes to divorce, Illinois courts will generally accept decrees issued by other states or foreign countries under a legal principle known as “comity.” But there are limits to comity. An Illinois court may withhold comity if it believes the foreign state or country’s court deprived the parties of basic due process or otherwise … Continue reading “Is a Divorce Obtained in a Foreign Court Valid in Illinois?”