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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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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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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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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 Can Your Divorce Attorney Do for You?

A good divorce attorney is one who can perform a variety of services for clients. Divorce involves many things that are tangential to the actual dissolution of the marriage. Many divorces involve forays into financial issues, criminal offenses, juvenile law, and much more. If you are looking for a divorce attorney, consider one who can Read More

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What You Can Do About Stalking

A Peoria police officer accused of stalking a fellow officer has been in the headlines recently as Illinois taxpayers join the fray. The accused officer has been receiving the legal defense services of a city-employed attorney, according to an agreement negotiated by the police union of Peoria. The city council recently voted to stop paying Read More

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Name Change After Divorce

Divorce comes with a great many changes, and some people are loath to add one more change to the mix. If you do want to change your name following a divorce, there are some steps you can take to make the transition somewhat smoother. Bear in mind that the law allows you to change your 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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Be Wary of Social Media During Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, your social media activity could come back to haunt you in court. In fact, according to a recent study from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 57 percent of divorce cases involve evidence reflecting a party’s “Relationship Status” used online. Of those cases using social media statuses in evidence, 64 Read More

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