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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…
Stephanie Tang shared insights on identifying, reflecting upon and communicating one’s own needs in a relationship in the UpJourney article, “How to Fight for and Save Your Marriage Alone.”  Accompanied by psychologists, marriage counselors and family therapists, Stephanie and the team of experts offered ideas on solving key issues that spouses face during challenging times. Read the full article here.   Stephanie has years of experience working with divorcing couples whether through litigation, mediation or collaborative law and recognizes the importance of one’s own happiness in each situation.  The post Stephanie Tang Offers Advice to Discouraged Spouses appeared first on Kogut & Wilson.…
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…
Stephanie Tang will discuss being trial-ready for a family law case as part of the ISBA Family Law Section’s Family Law: Back to Basics CLE program on January 23, 2020. The presentation, titled “Discovery, Trial Preparation and Organization,” will provide information regarding discovery, preparing for trial, SCR 213 interrogatories, SCR 214 production requests, depositions and subpoenas for records. It will also include tips to help with trial notebooks, exhibit management, case strategy, motions in limine, summary exhibits and more. Stephanie will be speaking along with Elizabeth F. Wakeman from the Wakeman Law Group P.C. The Family Law Back to Basics…
It’s that time of year again – snow, sales and scheduling. For those going through a divorce, the holiday season can be difficult to navigate. Last year, you celebrated the holidays with your entire family. This year, on the verge of divorce or post-divorce, the schedule will look different. How do you go about discussing and executing a plan that is stress-free for you and your children? Here are things to consider when crafting a holiday schedule during or after a divorce. Getting a head start When going through a divorce, discuss the holidays as early as possible. Parents often…
While each divorce is different, many people have similar concerns when taking the first step down this path. Here are a few of the most common questions we hear during the initial consultation – as well as guidance on ways to address each issue. What should I do with our bank accounts? Spouses often want to start separating cash accounts as soon as possible because it feels like the an action they can take right away. However, it is important to keep in mind that until your divorce is finalized, all assets are jointly owned and any accounts in which…
Stephanie Tang moderated a panel discussion about social media evidence and The Stored Communications Act at the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Young Lawyers professional development lunch on September 24, 2019. Karen VanderMeer of Badesch Abramovitch served as co-moderator and panelists included Khalid Hasan of Lucas & Cardenas and Michael Zhang of the ARDC. Stephanie is a member of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division Section Council. She serves on the networking and young lawyers sub-committees, helping young lawyers connect with mentors and learn tips to apply in their daily practice. The ISBA’s primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in…
Oftentimes in the stress of a divorce proceeding, a key member of the family is overlooked: a beloved pet. As of January 1, 2018, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was amended to give the courts additional guidance when considering furry – or sometimes not so furry – friends. This amended law specifically applies to companion animals, not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Either spouse may now file a petition for temporary allocation of sole or joint possession of a companion animal. If the court finds the companion animal is a marital asset, which is…
Stephanie Tang shared insights on family law major legislative changes and cases in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal Summer 2019 issue. Through this article, Stephanie helped family law practitioners and judges stay up-to-date on the most significant legislative changes to statutory amendments in four areas of family law following the 2016 overhaul to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. She also provided a summary of select family law-related cases from 2017 to 2018. Stephanie is an associate at Kogut & Wilson. She represents individuals in all aspects of family and matrimonial law proceedings and strives to provide…