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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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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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What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a Read More

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Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

 During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation Read More

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How the 2019 Illinois Spousal Maintenance Law Affects Divorcing Couples

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the tax deduction for people paying spousal maintenance, or alimony, while exempting recipients from having to include those payments as taxable income. Many states, including Illinois, reacted to this substantial change by passing revised spousal maintenance legislation. The revised Illinois law made a number of Read More

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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 award. Without the benefit 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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Paul Chatzky
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About Born in Havana, Cuba, Paul Chatzky is fluent in Spanish and English, enabling him to effectively represent a wider range of individuals and businesses. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and is listed among Illinois Super Lawyers, which is a reflection of his high ethical standards and exceptional legal knowledge. As…

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Deborah E. Chatzky
Paralegal

About Prior to joining the firm as a paralegal, Debbie was employed by major banking institutions as a loan processor and as an executive secretary. Debbie was also employed as an administrative assistant for the Board of Jewish Education. Having majored in Sociology, Debbie graduated from the University of Florida in 1980. Debbie completed her…

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