What is an Automatic Temporary Restraining Order?

Generally, when you hear the words “restraining order” the first response is to think about spousal abuse or violence. That is not the same thing as an Automatic Temporary Restraining Order. It is a legal measure that ensures that neither partner tries to short change the other spouse financially during the divorce. Once the divorce paperwork is filed, […]

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Qualified Domestic Relations Order

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) as a “domestic relations order that creates or recognizes the existence of an alternate payee’s right to receive, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to receive, all or a portion of the benefits payable with respect to a participant under a retirement plan, […]

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Property Division in Divorce

Property division is one of the most challenging parts of a divorce. The parties usually need the help of an attorney to separate marital property from non-marital property. Marital property is property acquired during the marriage and is subject to equitable division. 750 ILCS 5/503(a). Non-marital property is property acquired by one party before or during […]

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Does Divorce Mean Doom For Your Business?

When two people get married, are optimistic about their future together. The thought of the divorce is not usually a topic of discussion. Nonetheless, statistics have shown that more than half of marriages end in divorce, and being prepared in the beginning and discussing divorce planning options is not a bad idea, particularly when the partnership includes […]

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What Exactly is Mediation?

According to the Huffington Post, “despite divorce mediation’s well-deserved reputation as a sensible alternative to fighting it out in court,” it seems the general public isn’t so versed as to just what mediation is. Mediation according to the Center for Conflict Resolution at Brigham Young University, is a “negotiation process in which the disputing parties are […]

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Estimating the Value of Your Home in a Divorce

In many divorces, the house is the biggest asset acquired during the marriage. It is important to accurately determine the value of the marital residence for property division purposes. A recent article in the Huffington Post mentions three ways how to best value your home. 1. Get A Home Appraisal. A licensed appraiser can offer you the […]

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Demi Moore Has Reason to File For Divorce

The process of divorce can take a long time if one spouse is dragging their feet. Another reason that divorces can take longer is when a couple can’t come to an agreement about issues prevalent to their particular case. An example from the celebrity world, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore separated after 6 years of marriage and […]

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Technology That Can Be Used Against You in a Divorce

There has been a lot written about the do’s and don’ts of social networking sites, text messaging, and other technology for people who are going through a divorce. But as a recent article in the Huffington Post pointed out, today’s technology, with smartphones, tablets, cloud computing and laptops, and the ability to synchronize these devices and access […]

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Woods Reportedly Proposes To Ex-Wife

Numerous media outlets are reporting that professional golfer Tiger Woods may be reconciling with his ex-wife Elin Nordegren. The couple, who had been married for almost six years, divorced in 2010 after a massive cheating scandal revealed that Woods had at least a dozen extra-marital affairs. Nordergren received a record-breaking $750 million in the couple’s […]

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Nascar CEO’s Divorce Documents Made Public

Even though divorce is a serious issue, people are very curious when celebrities part ways. It is interesting to see what kind of settlements they reach, who gets the custody of their children or just read about those millions and millions of dollars someone lost in their divorce. From a lawyer’s perspective these cases can […]

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Divorce Filings Increase in January

It’s not new news that the divorce rate increases significantly in January, for a myriad of purported reasons. According to The Examiner, this could be because some couples want to wait until after the holidays; sometimes for the sake of the kids, sometimes to minimize stress levels at an already incredibly stressful time of year. “Other wait […]

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The Shortcomings of Prenuptial Agreements

The idea behind a prenuptial agreement is to set down directives to follow during a divorce. Generally, special care is used to work up these documents because they outline what would happen to property, assets and sometimes children if a marriage does not last. The majority of prenups are drafted for people who come into […]

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A Few Common Misconceptions About Divorce

People talk about things they see and hear, so with divorce rates remaining high, people hear all kinds of stories about what’s going on with other people’s divorces. It would be smart to realize that everything you hear might not be entirely truthful, but the tales your coworkers and friends told you might actually be […]

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Preparing for the Division of Property in Illinois Divorce Cases

Unlike some other states, Illinois is not a community property state. Money or property acquired during the course of the marriage is presumed to belong to the marriage and, as such, is subject to an equitable division upon divorce. What is “equitable” is decided on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of the property that is […]

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