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When you make the decision to get a divorce, there are usually a lot of uncertainties. You may not know who will get the house, how custody will be decided, or even how long it will take. If you earn less than your soon-to-be-ex, you may also be wondering if you will get alimony. Known…
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Going through a divorce is never easy. It often takes a huge emotional and financial toll on both parties and their families. However, when your soon-to-be-ex is a narcissist, it can be even harder. Narcissism is a personality disorder that often manifests in a lack of empathy, attention-seeking behavior, and an inflated sense of self-importance.…
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During any divorce, there are certain factors that must be considered, such as how to split up assets and debt, alimony, and child custody (known as parenting allocation in Illinois). In many divorces, one of the most challenging assets to split is the house – which is also known as the marital home. It is…
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Unmarried Parent Child Support Parents have a responsibility to provide for their children and meet their basic needs. Illinois child support laws require that both parents accept this responsibility while their children are minors. This financial responsibility is required no matter if the parents are married or unmarried. If you have children, you are legally…
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Julia recently returned to practicing family law in November 2020, where she started her legal career.  She previously worked at a medium-sized general practice firm focusing on family law and also representing clients in criminal defense, bankruptcy, and probate matters.  Her broad range of skills allows her understanding of how those other legal areas impact clients in…
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In any divorce where children are present, ensuring they have the care and support of their parents is the most crucial issue. When parents separate or divorce, parental rights can be incorporated into the divorce decree. When parents are unmarried, you must first establish paternity before parenting time can be decided. At Manassa Law, P.C.,…
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What can you do if your ex suddenly stops paying child support or is falling behind on spousal support payments? What about if your ex refuses to honor the terms in the parenting time plan? When this happens, you may have a couple of options in the state of Illinois. You may choose to enforce…
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Dividing property and assets in a divorce is complicated and often messy. Both spouses may bristle at the thought of losing assets or part of their financial nest egg. In complex divorces, couples may own stock options. These options are often difficult to divide fairly and can be a major source of contention in the…
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Uncontested Divorce Attorneys Do you and your spouse just want a quick and relatively painless end to your marriage? Do you agree on how to divide your property and time with your children? Do you agree with the payments of support? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be eligible to file for…
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If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you may wish to consider a legal separation first. In Illinois, married couples have the option to file for divorce immediately on the grounds of irreconcilable differences or seek a legal separation. This law changed in 2016. Prior to 2016, Illinois couples had to live separately for…
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Kelly Wieczorek joined our firm in September 2019. She is a recent John Marshall Law School graduate where she graduated second in her class. Kelly successfully passed the July 2019 Illinois Bar Exam and obtained her mediation certificate shortly thereafter. For the past 10 years, Kelly has dedicated herself to learning and experiencing various aspects…
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Divorce Involving Children A divorce involving children tend to be more complex as the divorce will affect many aspects of the children’s lives. To make the transition as least disruptive as possible, parents must make decisions about how the children will be raised, where they will reside, and how must time each parent spends with…
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