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Calculating Maintenance in Illinois

CALCULATING MAINTENANCE IN ILLINOIS “Maintenance” (sometimes referred to as “Alimony”) is support paid by one spouse to the other during or after a divorce. In Illinois, maintenance is awarded without regard to fault. Illinois judges hearing divorce cases have historically exercised considerable discretion in determining both the need for and the amount of a maintenance Read More

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The Advantages of Mediation and Collaborative Divorce

At a time in history when half of all American marriages end in divorce, it makes perfect sense to develop procedures for peaceful and respectful marital dissolution. Divorce mediation and collaborative divorce share the goal of creating an effective process for decision-making that is less fraught with animosity and argument than traditional courtroom litigation. If Read More

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DNA Testing and Criminal Justice

Jonathan Barr was 15 years old when he and four other teenagers were accused of the gang rape-murder of a 14-year-old girl in Dixmoor in 1991. Interrogated for many hours without counsel or parents present, the defendants gave written statements. Although the DNA sample found on the girl’s body did not match the defendants’ samples, Read More

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Division of Debts and Credit Card Balances

When a couple gets divorced in Illinois, the partners must divide both their assets and debts between them. Even if a couple has a well-executed premarital agreement addressing the disposition of separate and marital assets, they may not have had the foresight to also divide any potential debt. If the process is left to the Read More

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Who Gets Religious Custody?

Among the many issues that come between divorced parents, none causes more passionate argument than religion. Disputes between former marriage partners fighting over the right to determine their child’s religion are flooding the media. One Chicago family’s custody battle made headlines in 2011 when the mother, who is Jewish, sued the father, who is Catholic, Read More

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The Fifth Amendment in the Information Age

When we go on line, most of us are unaware of just how visible we are and how easy it is for con artists and fraudsters to use information we provide to relieve us of our possessions or exploit our social connections. While nefarious hackers “phish” for information on the Web, numerous legitimate organizations, such Read More

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Should I Stay Married for the Sake of the Kids?

The decision to leave a marriage is one that most people do not take lightly — and even less so when children are involved. Children deeply desire to see their parents happily married and living together. That is not to say that parents who are not happily married should maintain a façade for their children’s Read More

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Does It Matter if You Have a Lawyer at Your Bail Hearing?

The state of Illinois does not routinely provide counsel at bail hearings. Yet, the assistance of a lawyer could make the difference between a reasonable bail amount or a sum that you cannot hope to raise. If you are able to make bail, you can speak with your lawyers in their office instead of in Read More

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Do My Visits Still Need to Be Supervised? Changing a Court Order

Supervised visitation is an intervention by the court that is exercised when direct contact between a parent (or other adult relative) and child could pose a physical, emotional, or psychological danger to the child. Visitation usually takes place in a neutral location and in the presence of a third party — either a professional supervisor Read More

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Gray Divorce — Issues in Divorce Over 50

Favorite Hollywood comedic team Danny Devito, 67, and his wife, Rhea Perlman, 64, have split after 30 years of marriage. The duo joined the unprecedented number of couples over 50 who are ending their marriages. According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the phenomenon of gray divorce is a recent one, reflecting the changing Read More

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