Blog: The Divorcerer Speaks

The Friendly, No-Conflict Divorce

Understanding why people divorce is oftentimes the groundwork in ensuring a friendly, no-conflict divorce can occur. You should find a way to understand what happened in your marriage that led to the dissolution. Were there life-stresses that you could not overcome as a couple, such as job loss or a death in the family? Was […]

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By | September 5th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Getting your Finances in Order for the Fast and Quick Divorce

Compile income tax returns, year-end income documentation and year-to-date monthly income documentation (W2, pay stubs and the like). Compile documentation of your monthly living expenses, such as household expenses, transportation expenses, personal expenses and child-related expenses. Compile documentation of your debts, including credit cards, mortgages, car loans, student debts and the like. Compile documentation of […]

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By | September 5th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Top 7 Questions to Contemplate for a Friendly Divorce with Kids

What is the best schedule for the children during the week? What is the best schedule for the children over the weekend? How do you envision Holidays? Birthdays? Special Occasions? Can you communicate with your former spouse to make major decisions, such as education, religion, extracurricular and medical? How will you handle pick-up and drop-off […]

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By | September 5th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Grandparent, Sibling and Step-Parent Visitation Rights in Illinois

In Illinois, there is a rebuttable presumption that a fit parent’s actions and decisions regarding grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent visitation are not harmful to the child’s mental, physical, or emotional health. The burden is on the party filing a petition to prove that the parent’s actions and decisions regarding visitation will cause undue harm […]

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By | August 17th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

No-Fault Divorce in Illinois

His fault? Her fault? In Illinois, a no-fault state when it comes to divorcing your spouse, all fault-based grounds for dissolving a marriage are not applicable. Yep, fault-based grounds like infidelity and mental cruelty are out the window, just to name a couple. “Irreconcilable differences” has always been one of the options when pursuing a […]

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By | July 25th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Counter-Filing for divorce against your spouse

When you are served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the Petition should come with a Summons indicating you must appear in the case and write a written response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. However, did you also know that you have a right to file your own Petition for Dissolution of […]

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By | July 3rd, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

The Top Seven Chicago Divorce Basics

(1) You or your spouse must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days and separate from each other for a specific length of time. (2) Consult with and select an attorney that can meet your needs and expectations. (3) To initiate an action, your attorney will prepare and file a Petition for Dissolution […]

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By | June 15th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Divorce and College Education Costs for the Children

The scope, extent and amount of a parent’s obligation to contribute to a child’s post-high school college education are oftentimes a source of uncertainty and anxiety for families of divorce. The uncertainty and anxiety for many could be due to the soaring costs of college tuition, ACT and SAT tutoring, college preparation courses, the application […]

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By | June 11th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

Divorcing Parents: Parent Education Course Completion

What is parent education? Parenting education programs seek to provide parents with the information and skills necessary to promote healthier communication with each other and their children and reduce the amount of litigation and conflict between parents going through divorce or separation proceedings. Illinois law requires all parents of minor children involved in any action […]

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By | May 9th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

The 14 Factors in Determining a Maintenance Award

When the court is determining whether or not a party is entitled to maintenance (which is also known as alimony or spousal support), the court will consider all of the below relevant factors: (1) the income and property of each party, including marital property apportioned and non-marital property assigned to the party seeking maintenance as […]

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By | May 9th, 2018 | General | 0 Comment

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