Alimony, spousal support and maintenance all refer to the same thing. They are payments granted to one spouse, paid by the other spouse. As you start the divorce process, it’s necessary to know the basic principles of alimony. Who is entitled to alimony in Illinois, and what are the criteria for awarding it? Alimony may
A contract for deed is a method used to buy a home. My general advice about using a contract for deed is to BE CAREFUL, because a contract for deed gives you fewer rights than a traditional mortgage. Most contract for deed agreements only need a small down payment. You agree to pay the seller
Sometimes it seems that people either do not understand, or otherwise forget, that the courts are there to deal with issues that arise after a divorce. There are legal procedures in place to take care of conflicts, but if you don’t exercise your legal rights, the situation will not be resolved in the proper manner.
During a divorce, all property acquired by either the husband or the wife before they got married is considered non-marital property. All property acquired after the marriage is considered marital property. The courts do not have authority over non-marital property, so one of the first things the court will have to do is figure out
The answer is very simple. YES. A living will, also known as an advanced directive, is a legally binding document that gives the details of your end-of-life requests in case you are unable to speak for yourself. Examples of this would be if you are in a car accident and are in an unconscious state,
This new law will be coming into effect January 1, 2015. We encourage you to call our office with questions. From The Illinois State Bar Association August 18, 2014 Written by Mark Mathewson A new public act dramatically changes how spousal maintenance is determined for divorcing couples whose combined gross income is less than
Parents who care for a child with a physical or mental disability know how much that care can cost. For this reason, parents need to create a plan to make sure that their child will continue to be properly cared for if both parents pass away. The government may provide for the basic needs of
In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree on everything and do not need the court to divide assets or make determinations about spousal or child support or custody. An uncontested divorce will proceed through the system more quickly, and be much less complicated, and less of a financial burden on either party. HOWEVER, even if
As a grandparent, you share in the joy of your grandchild’s birth and you enjoy countless hours playing with them and watching them grow. A grandchild is often his or her grandparent’s greatest blessing, but when trouble between parents results in grandparents not being allowed to spend time with their grandchildren, it can be heartbreaking.
Court-ordered child custody arrangements can work well for many years. But what happens when the custodial parent gets a new job and has to move out of state? What if the non-custodial parent opposes the move because they will lose precious visitation time with their child? In this situation, the custodial parent will likely have
Mediation is a frequently used method when negotiating a divorce. In divorce mediation, you, your spouse, and your respective lawyers may want to hire a neutral third party; a mediator. Sometimes, if the divorce is contested, a mediator is ordered by the court. The mediator does not make decisions for you, but they can serve
In a contested child custody case, a guardian ad litem (GAL) serves as a representative for the best interests of the child. The GAL is typically an established attorney with extensive experience with child custody and family laws. This person will be appointed by the judge based on his/her knowledge and experience. The judge will