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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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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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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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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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Adultery’s Impact on Your Divorce

In Illinois, you have the option of filing for a no-fault divorce. Using adultery as a ground is of rare benefit to recommend its use, especially where the parties seek to settle the issues on an uncontested basis. However, if custody and visitation are issues, then the adultery of one of the spouses may have Read More

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What Property Do I Keep After My Illinois Divorce?

Divorce is a financial process as well as an emotional one. The parties must formally divide their assets as well as their debts. If they cannot come to an agreement, the issue is decided by a judge under the legal principles of equitable distribution. Here are the basics of Illinois property division: Non-marital property In Read More

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Divorce Tips for Domestic Violence Victims

Every year, more than 1.3 million women experience domestic violence nationwide. In Illinois alone, there are more than 100,000 domestic violence incidents reported every year. Oftentimes, victims are trapped in a marriage with their abuser. If you are a victim of domestic violence seeking a divorce, the following tips may serve to enhance your safety: Read More

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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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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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