Maintenance and Alimony: What Can I Expect in the State of Illinois?

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

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I Have a Court Order, But My Ex is Not Complying. Now What?

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.

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What Property is Considered Marital?

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

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Is It Necessary to Have a Living Will If I am Healthy?

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,

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Spousal Maintenance Guidelines Become Law In Illinois

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

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What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

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

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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Illinois?

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.

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I Am In A Custody Dispute: What Should I Say to the Guardian Ad Litem?

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

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