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In custody (“allocation of parental responsibilities”) disputes, a crucial aspect that family courts consider is the child’s best interests including the health and safety of the child. Illinois courts also take into account the parents or guardians’ use of drugs or alcohol when determining whether to restrict parental responsibilities. In January 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana with the enactment of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The legalization of recreational marijuana has prompted a question for families: can courts cite a parent’s marijuana use as justification to restrict parental rights during a…
In a recent Chicago Sun Times article, Stephanie L. Tang shared how attorneys are increasingly seeing co-parenting parties have disagreements regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and their children. Family law professionals shared insights on how both attorneys and parents are tackling this sensitive issue in the article, “Divorce attorneys brace for exes battling over kids getting COVID-19 vaccine” Stephanie shared arguments amongst divorced parents over vaccinations are not uncommon. Even before the pandemic, she represented parents in favor and in opposition to vaccine requirements for their children. Now that COVID-19 has skyrocketed in the United States and school is back in…
Eva Kogut has been appointed to the St. Monica Academy School Board as the Legislative Action Person (LAP) and Hospitality Representative for the 2021-2022 academic year. While serving in her new positions, Eva will join parents, parishioners and additional professionals on the school board in improving the learning environment and community for current and prospective elementary students. Drawing from a multitude of experiences in family law, Eva plans to offer a unique perspective to the challenges facing St. Monica Catholic School in collaboration with the Pastor, school administration and parents. As LAP, Eva will monitor legislation pertaining to Catholic schools…
As summer comes to a close and we embark on a new school year, we are hopeful for a newfound sense of normal after over a year of online schooling and hybrid learning environments. While the start of a new school year naturally evokes excitement for parents and children alike, it can also bring a wave of stress, especially heightened for divorced parents. Kogut & Wilson is here to help you navigate this time with our team of trusted attorneys and innovative solutions. Take a look at some key topics parents may need to consider as children head back to…
Stephanie L. Tang shares insights on various divorce processes options available, as well as aspects parties should consider when choosing which process is best for their situation in Gabrielle Hartley’s Better Apart blog. In the article, “What Divorce Process is the Right Fit for Me?,” Stephanie details the litigation, mediation and collaborative divorce processes and outlines the considerations to weigh when choosing a divorce process including: A history of domestic abuse and/or neglect The level of trust between the parties An ability of parties to openly communicate Read the full article here. Gabrielle Hartley’s Better Apart blog dives deep…
Kogut & Wilson is pleased to announce four firm attorneys have been listed as Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch in the 2022 publication of Best Lawyers in America for their dedication to their family law practices. Our honorees are as follows: Best Lawyers Eva M. Kogut Collaborative Law: Family Law Family Law Family Law Mediation Bryan J. Wilson Family Law Ones to Watch Brenda G. Friedman Family law Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation Stephanie L. Tang Alternative Dispute Resolution Family Law Family Law: Arbitration and Mediation Both Eva and Bryan are celebrating their fifth consecutive year of inclusion on…
Kogut & Wilson is proud to announce Bryan J. Wilson has been appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legislation as a member for 2021 – 2022. This is the third consecutive year that Bryan has been appointed. He continuously tends to the committee and serves its 29,000+ members by assisting with committee-produced CLE programs, contributing to regular meetings and committee work-product and helping in subcommittees where needed. Bryan will continue to address issues affecting the legal profession and the administering of justice in Illinois. The Standing Committee on Legislation is responsible for the execution of the…
Stephanie L. Tang recently sat down with Paulette Rigo to explore collaborative family law and how to manage video conferencing in a podcast episode of The Thriving in Chaos Project. In the episode, “What is Collaborative Family Law and How to Manage the Video Conferencing of Court?,” Stephanie and Paulette explore: Stephanie’s process in deciding if a family law case can consider mediation and the collaborative law route The challenges faced in the use of video conferencing versus the traditional in person method What collaborative family law entails Listen to the full podcast episode here. Stephanie practices in all…
Divorce can be an extremely emotionally and financially pressing process for all parties involved. Fortunately, couples aren’t limited to litigation. There are other methods to keep the associated divorce costs down so that parties may focus on what’s important – their families and themselves. Uncontested Divorce If both parties agree on the main elements of their divorce, it can be to their benefit. In an uncontested divorce, costs can be cut by avoiding litigation and formal discovery which are often extremely costly. If the divorcing spouses agree to all aspects of their split, it is also not always necessary to…
Therapy and divorce often work hand-in-hand to better understand and get a handle on family law situations. While family law attorneys know the divorce process includes more than just advice from attorneys, many therapists may feel in the dark about the work that goes on beyond therapy. Q: What is the best method to address mental illness in the divorce process? A: As litigation is not the only option, and the system is not completely fit to handle mental health issues, all divorce process options should be presented. We encourage clients and their children to work with their own mental…
Stephanie L. Tang discusses the first-of-its-kind opinion related to the enforcement of Form I-864 Affidavit of Support in an Illinois divorce in an article published in the July 2021 issue of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law newsletter. In the article, “Enforcing an I-864 Affidavit in an Illinois Divorce,” co-written with family law attorney Russell D. Knight, founder of the Law Office of Russell D. Knight, Stephanie and Russell discuss the Illinois Appellate Court’s recently issued opinion in In re Marriage of Bychina. The two discuss the terms of an I-864 Affidavit which include the promise that an American…
Now that the world is slowly reopening, many people are doing what they have missed out on for the last year: traveling. However, potential disagreements may arise among divorced families with regard to travel plans and time. What should parents do when they disagree with their co-parent over travel plans? Review the Parenting Agreement Many parents incorporate a vacation and travel provision in their parenting agreement if one is already in place. Before a divorced parent decides to travel with their child, they should check their parenting agreement to see what is stated about travel and vacation time with their…
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children 12 years and older, many parents are deciding if their child should get vaccinated. The decision can be even more complicated for co-parents who have differing opinions. This issue is not simply limited to the COVID-19 vaccine; it extends to all vaccinations available to children. What can parents do when they disagree about vaccinating their child? Get Medical Advice The first step is to have an open discussion with your child’s healthcare provider. Doctors can answer specific questions about vaccines, including potential side effects, and can help parents make informed…
Kogut & Wilson founders, Bryan J. Wilson and Eva Matela Kogut, recently shared insights on how they cooperatively support their clients by working with therapists in a webinar hosted by Chicago Minds. In “The Intersection of Therapy and Family Law: Q&A,” Bryan and Eva covered topics that often overlap the work of both attorneys and mental health professionals to better help the common client. The two offered explanations related to the divorce process including: Addressing mental illness and personality disorders How to encourage clients to ask questions and find the best method of communication How clients should choose an…
Divorced parents have to make many decisions on how to co-parent with their former spouse.  A child’s education, extracurricular activities and even vacation time are common issues that divorced parents contemplate. But have you ever considered that your child’s diet might become an issue? Can an agreement be reached? The best outcome would be to discuss the child’s diet and come to an agreement without adding a specific provision in the parenting plan. Working together on this “small” issue can help rebuild trust, and successfully communicating and compromising with each other is important for children. What if my religious dietary…
Q: What is collaborative divorce? A: Collaborative divorce helps take the battle out of the divorce process by creating effective communication that will also be beneficial when talking to children. It is a team approach with professionals helping the couple through a divorce. There are financial decisions, parenting decisions and many other emotional aspects that require more than just one professional to properly find the right course of action for specific circumstances. Q: How should parents going through a divorce talk about it with their kids? A: Parents should keep the message positive and let their kids know that even…