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Professional Evaluations and Parental Allocation

If you’ve ever found yourself in a highly contentious situation with your current spouse or ex about parenting time or perhaps a modification of your former divorce agreement, you’ve likely heard or experienced first-hand that court battles over children are not easy. Often times, attorneys will recommend the use of experts in order to strengthen

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Domestic Violence During The Holidays – When To Seek Help

As we approach the holiday season, there is excitement in the air! However, with the busy schedules and activities the holidays are also a time of great stress. Unfortunately, many things can trigger a stressful reaction that can occur from family members, partners and children. If you are in a relationship that is defined as

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Do I Need A Lawyer to Get a Restraining Order?

A Restraining Order, also known as an Order of Protection, is a civil order issued by a court that is designed to protect you from being harmed, abused or harassed by an abuser. It can also keep an abuser from the scene of domestic violence, which may include your home or where you work. If

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Tips For Making Your Divorce Easier On Your Older Kids

Just because your children may be older, going through a divorce can still cause them stress and anxiety. It’s important that you have realistic expectations regarding how your older children will react through the process of a divorce. Older children experience similar feelings as younger children when faced with a parental divorce. Anger, sadness and

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Top 5 Things To Consider When Hiring A Divorce Attorney

If you are looking for a divorce attorney to represent your case, you are already aware that this can be an overwhelming and daunting task. The attorney you select will be trusted with your personal and financial information that you may not have shared before. They will take on many different roles throughout your case

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What Is Involved If I Want To Appeal My Divorce Case?

You should know if you want to appeal your divorce decision that divorce appeals are the least common form of litigation. In addition to uncommon, appealing your divorce is also not an easy process. Essentially, when you make an appeal, it states to the court that you are not happy with the previous court decision,

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Foreclosure Seems Inevitable – Do I Have Any More Options?

Options to Consider – An Overview Be proactive. If you have fallen behind on or expect to fall behind in your mortgage payments, you should definitely begin to consider options to save your home from foreclosure. You should also know that your lender wants to keep you in your home. You need to be organized,

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Same-Sex Divorce: Is The Process Different?

Some aspects of same-sex divorces are similar to traditional divorces. However, sometimes same-sex divorces can have additional legal issues, including but not limited to: the validity of the marriage, when and where the marriage began, what rules exist with regard to the couples’ finances, if both spouses are legal parents, and/or why it’s important to

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Did My Divorce Invalidate My Power of Attorney?

What is Power of Attorney? There are basically two types of Power of Attorney or POA. The first is “Immediate” and the second is “Springing”. An “Immediate” power of attorney becomes effective as soon as the person you have designated as capable of managing your financial affairs signs the document in the event you become

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The Divorce Decision Is Made, Now What Comes Next?

So, you have decided your best course of action is to dissolve your marriage with your spouse? Before you do anything, it’s important to get your ducks in a row. Determine what you own, what you owe and get a good idea of each party’s annual salary. Once you have a handle on your assets,

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Problems With a Neighbor’s Tree – What Should You Do?

Trees can be a beautiful feature on your property, but they can also cause legal problems for a homeowner. If the limbs of your tree hang over your neighbor’s property or block a view, your neighbor can pursue legal recourse. Likewise, if you have trees planted between your property and your neighbor’s property, and the

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How is Legal Paternity Established in Illinois?

When a child is born to unmarried parents, the father faces several hurdles related to his rights under Illinois law. A common misconception is that the execution of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) will grant visitation and custody rights to the father. The fact is, a VAP does not provide any protection and only

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