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How to Change Custody and Parenting Time Orders in Illinois

There are many reasons why a child custody order may need to be modified. A parent might get a new job in a different town, become injured or suffer emotional trauma. Or a parent might be violating the current parenting time arrangement. Whatever the reason, there are situations in which when one or both parents Read More

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What Is the Primary Caretaker Presumption in Child Custody Cases?

When parents split up, both of them may seek, and receive, physical custody of their children. Ideally, parents reach an out-of-court agreement regarding custody, but when they can’t, a family court judge will step in. When a judge gets involved, preference often goes to the parent who is the child’s primary caretaker. The issue, then, Read More

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Six Common Ways Spouses Try to Hide Assets During Divorce

We would all like to believe that our soon-to-be ex-spouses, for all their faults, will be honest during divorce, but that is often not the case, especially where money is involved. After all, dishonesty in one form or another might be the reason your marriage is ending. As you head into the divorce process, be Read More

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What Happens to Your House in an Illinois Divorce?

For most couples, the marital home is their largest and most valuable asset. Beyond your home’s monetary value, it is the center of family life, a place where kids were raised and special occasions were celebrated. When a couple gets divorced, what happens to the house they once shared is a concern for both parties, Read More

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Will the U.S. See its Divorce Rate Spike After the COVID-19 Quarantine Ends?

On behalf of Law Offices of Paul Chatzky With so many American residents stuck at home with their families, prognosticators have predicted that several months down the road, the country could experience a baby boom and a divorce deluge. Unlike a cozy blizzard that keeps you home from work for a few days, a global Read More

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How a Coronavirus-related Income Loss Could Affect Your Alimony (Spousal Support) and Child Support

On behalf of Law Offices of Paul Chatzky Many people have faced a job loss or reduction in income due the coronavirus pandemic. In such a case it might be difficult for an ex-spouse paying alimony (spousal support or maintenance ) or a parent sending child support to keep up with their obligation. As these Read More

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What are Considered Essential Businesses Under States’ COVID-19 Rules?

On behalf of Law Offices of Paul Chatzky During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during Read More

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How Are Divorce Proceedings Being Affected by the COVID-19 Quarantine?

On behalf of Law Offices of Paul Chatzky Throughout the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily routine in ways that none of us could have ever imagined. Like everyone else, spouses who are already experiencing the turmoil associated with divorce have been forced to deal with additional challenges. Despite the obstacles, it Read More

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Illinois Property Division: Marital vs. Nonmarital Property

Property division is often one of the most contentious issues in divorce, after child custody. The property that was part of your married life is more than just “stuff.” Most people have emotional attachments to these items and things to consider beyond pure monetary value. Even so, the value is still important, because both parties Read More

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How Can Someone Be Punished if They Violate a COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

On behalf of Law Offices of Paul Chatzky Across the country, stay-at-home orders have strained law enforcement and tested how far states and municipalities are willing to go to enforce the orders. These directives have triggered controversy and confusion, as standards sometimes differ from town to town or county to county. In certain instances, people Read More

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