Blog: The Divorcerer Speaks

The Role of Divorce Lawyers in Mediation

The Divorcerer Speaks:  The Role of Divorce Lawyers in Mediation The traditional role of the lawyer is to represent the interests of the client, by advising the client regarding current laws, counseling the client, and managing the legal process for the client. While the lawyer will continue to perform each of these traditional functions in […]

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By | August 9th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

The new “Income Shares” approach in calculating child support in Illinois

In the fall of 2016, the Illinois Legislature passed and the Governor signed a new statute that completely changes the way child support is calculated in Illinois. The new law took effect July 1, 2017. Basic Child Support Calculation: The law eliminates the former percentages and creates what is called the income shares approach. The […]

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By | July 11th, 2017 | General | 31 Comments

Keeping it Sane in the Summer: Top Tips

Your weekday schedule was under control with the kids in school, activities in place and a routine to easily follow…then school let out for the Summer.  Whether you are single or married, co-parenting or doing it all on your own, having the kids home for the Summer can really turn your world upside down.  Here […]

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By | June 20th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

The Top 7 Financial Tips in Divorce

Without careful planning and proper guidance, a divorce can be not only emotionally draining, but financially devastating.  Here are the top 7 financial tips in divorce: Safekeeping Records.  Compile records from the past three years including bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, credit card accounts, life insurance policies, health insurance policies, vehicles, loans, titles, trusts, […]

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By | May 16th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

April Showers Brings…Divorce Surge

Since different variations on the saying “April Showers Brings May Flowers” can be traced back to the 1600’s it is no surprise that the downturn in the weather is what feeds the upturn in blooms and that has been occurring for hundreds of years.  The same can be said for marriages: upturns and downturns.  The […]

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By | May 2nd, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

The Top 7 Ways to Refresh Your Marriage this Spring

The Top 7 Ways to Refresh your Marriage this Spring Connect with your partner: silence your cell phone, step away from your computer, turn off your television and just talk. Try something new…together: take an art class, learn to woodwork, join a team sports league or take a cooking class. Take a staycation: hop online […]

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By | March 29th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

Divorcing Friendly

Yes, you did read the title correctly: Divorcing Friendly.  This new wave of clients has become more and more common; it is where the couple is still friendly, but simply put, don’t want to be married to each other any longer.  The initial client consultation is one where we often times discuss the level of […]

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By | March 27th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

Planning to Put a Ring on It? If so, Make a Plan.

The beginning of the New Year leads us right into Valentine’s Day and both of these times of year are indicative of many engagements. Technically speaking, a premarital agreement is made between two prospective (usually engaged) spouses, made in contemplation of marriage, usually with the mutual goal of discussing and planning each of their rights, […]

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By | January 19th, 2017 | General | 0 Comment

Parenting Time in the HoliDAZE: The 3 Keys to Success

THE DIVORCERER SPEAKS: Parenting Time in the HoliDAZE: The 3 Keys to Success December is a stressful time – gift giving, social commitments, work, school schedules and performances, vacation schedules, Holidays, year-end celebrations and everything that falls in-between.  It is no surprise that this stressful time of the year leads to high-conflict in scheduling and […]

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By | December 14th, 2016 | General | 0 Comment

Top 7 Thanks (giving) for the Divorce

The Divorcerer Speaks:  Top 7 Thanks (giving) for the Divorce With the official kick-off to the Holiday season next week, I would like to draw your attention to the positives that can come from divorce, a “Thanks (giving),” if you will.  While there is always so much negative attention and energy often put into and […]

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By | November 17th, 2016 | General | 2 Comments

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