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Tips for Achieving a Positive Divorce Settlement

A settlement agreement is often the best way to resolve a divorce proceeding efficiently and with minimal conflict. Unfortunately, when people are going through this trying time in their lives, coming to terms on a divorce settlement can be challenging. However, divorces that are contested and require litigation are generally much more costly, lengthy and Read More

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How Long Does Spousal Support Last?

In Illinois, a family court may award spousal support — also known as maintenance — in any proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, declaration of invalidity of marriage or dissolution of a civil union. The court can determine that spousal support is justified based on either spouse’s financial need, without considering any marital misconduct Read More

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How is Parenting Time Allocated in Illinois?

Since 2016, Illinois law has used the term “parenting time” to define what was once called physical custody and visitation. In a divorce proceeding, a court will allocate parenting time between the former spouses, either by developing a parenting plan or by approving one agreed to by the parties. The overriding consideration guiding the family Read More

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How is Child Support Calculated in Illinois?

Illinois has made a significant change in how child support is calculated in divorce proceedings. Formerly, one parent would be obligated to pay a percentage of his or her net income based on the number of children being supported. Now, in recognition of the fact that both parents have a duty to support their children, Read More

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How Illinois Courts Award Shared Decision-Making Authority Over Children

When parents get divorced, they have to make arrangements not only for where their children will live, but also for how they will be raised. Who will make decisions about their education, religious training, health care, cultural exposure and social activities? In Illinois, this authority — formerly known as legal custody — is now called 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 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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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 a…

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