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Domestic Violence Awareness

Naperville Family Law Attorneys October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) works to raise awareness about domestic violence and educate people about its effects and ways to recognize it. Domestic violence destroys victims physically, psychologically, and emotionally. At its core, domestic violence is about control. Abusers […]

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What Happens When Your Former Spouse Does Not Pay Child Support?

Chicago Divorce Attorneys In many divorces, one parent is ordered to pay child support to the other. This is to help the parent who has the majority of the child’s parenting time to cover the expenses associated with raising a child, such as the need for a larger home, the need for a larger vehicle, increased food […]

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The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem

Naperville Family Law Attorneys The role of a guardian ad litem is to represent the best interests of a child whose parents are going through a divorce. In a divorce, each partner retains his or her own lawyer to represent his or her interests. The couple’s child has interests of his or her own, which […]

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Stepparent Adoptions in Illinois

Naperville Family Law Attorneys When a single parent marries, his or her new spouse will have a relationship with his or her child. But not all relationships between married adults and their spouses’ children are the same. In some households, this relationship remains distant and in others, the child and the new spouse form a […]

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How to Handle a Gray Divorce: What are the Challenges?

Naperville Divorce Attorneys “Gray divorce,” or divorce between couples over the age of 50, is becoming an emerging trend in recent years. According to a study by Bowling State Green University, the divorce rate for those over fifty has doubled between 1990 and 2010. Deciding to divorce later in life presents some unique challenges for […]

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How to Minimize the Impact of Divorce On Your Children

Naperville Family Law Attorneys Let’s face it: divorce is hard on families. Whether you have children from a prior marriage or marital children, divorce is difficult for children of all ages to comprehend. The way you choose to approach helping your children understand the reasons for your separation will be impacted by their age and […]

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Parental Responsibilities and Relocation From Illinois

Illinois Child Custody and Visitation Divorce is difficult enough – but what happens with your children makes things even more difficult. The decision as to what happens to the children after the divorce, that is, who they will live with, where they will spend their holidays, and who will make important decisions for the child, […]

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Taxes and High-Net Worth

Naperville Divorce Attorneys Tax season has come and gone yet again. For those of us that have relatively straightforward taxes that do not change significantly from year to year (or for those of us that utilize accountants), this may not usually be a big deal. However, even if you are using the services of an […]

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Handling College Tuition After Divorce

Naperville Divorce Attorneys Illinois is one of very few states that deals with the issue of college tuition for non-minor children after divorce. Illinois courts can require, by court order, one or both parents to contribute to financing their non-minor child’s undergraduate education. It is not a requirement that parents must pay in or contribute […]

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Illinois Divorce Changes for 2016

Naperville Family Law Attorneys The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is undergoing significant changes beginning in 2016 that eliminate fault-based grounds for divorce, allow for expedited contested divorces, and aim to revamp custody arrangements. These modifications aim to improve the efficiency and timeliness of divorce filings for both contested and uncontested divorces. Fault-Based […]

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DNA Paternity Testing in Illinois

DuPage County Child Custody Attorneys Determining the biological parent of a child is resolved in most circumstances by the birth certificate, but some people may place names on the birth certificate without really knowing, or without considering the legal significance of this action. Despite what many people believe, paternity is not necessarily defined as a […]

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How Does Mediation Work?

Naperville Divorce Lawyers If you are considering or going through a divorce, you are likely trying to keep things as civil as possible. Many couples are able to come to reasonable compromises on their own without significant court intervention. Others require the court to intervene to help make decisions on the parties’ behalf. Court procedures […]

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Rethinking Child Custody Evaluations A Paradigm Shift: Introducing ‘The Chicago Model’

by Mark D. Mosk, Ph.D. Working in the arena of child custody can be highly rewarding, and sometimes equally arduous and extremely challenging as well. The history of collaboration between legal and mental health professionals in Family Court is a rich and well-established one. With a unique set of knowledge, skills and expertise, mental health […]

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Panel Discussion on the Business of Family Law in Chicagoland

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Virtual Visitation: The Who, The What, The How, & The Where Long Distance Parenting in the Digital Age

Synopsis: Provides that upon motion by either parent, the court may grant a reasonable amount of electronic communication at reasonable hours to a parent at times during which the child is not in the parent’s physical custody. Defines electronic communication, without limitation, as telephone, a webcam, electronic mail (e-mail), instant messaging, video conferencing, or other […]

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Amicable Divorce: Why You Still Need a Lawyer

Naperville Divorce Attorneys You know what a lawyer does for a client: he or she defends the client’s rights and interests in court against an antagonistic opponent. Without a lawyer, the client can be taken advantage of and leave the courtroom in financial ruin. So in an amicable divorce, where both parties agree to the […]

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