Obtaining an Original Birth Certificate in Illinois

In November of last year, Illinois became one of the few states that allows adoptees access to their original birth certificates. According to Adoption.com, there are only four states that allow the adoptee permission to obtain the original birth certificate without restriction: Oregon, Maine, Alabama, and Alaska. Several other states allow the adoptee to request […]

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Annulment vs. Divorce: What You Need to Know

Illinois state law defines an annulment as a “declaration of invalidity of marriage.” An annulment is a court order, not a legal process, which declares the marriage invalid for any myriad of reasons. While most people associate annulment with religious ceremonies and dissolutions of marriage, religious reasons aren’t the only for an annulment. According to […]

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New Research Finds Link between Divorce and Pre-Wedding Jitters

CBS News reported recently about a study conducted in the Los Angeles area which collected data from nearly 250 couples from the first couple months of their marriage up to four years after the fact. The first question was about pre-wedding jitters. 47% of men admitted to having reservations compared to 38% of women. Although […]

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The Divorce Domino Effect?

It is easy to think that divorce only affects the two people who are divorcing each other, but that is not entirely true. All the people around you during the time of your divorce can both see and feel the effects. This goes both ways, so you might also be feeling the effects of one […]

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New Wife of Peregrine CEO Files for Annulment

According to a recent Thomson Reuters report, former Peregrine Financial Group CEO Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr., who was indicted by a federal grand jury on 31 counts of fraud-related crimes earlier this month, now has become the subject of an annulment action filed by his new wife, Nancy J. Paladino. In her August 13thcomplaint in […]

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Get Handle on Finances Before Divorcing

According to a recent article in USA Today, in many marriages one spouse is often left in the dark about finances, paying bills, and managing money in general. Whether they are married or in the throes of divorce proceedings, one spouse is generally in charge of finances. In the majority of cases, this tends to […]

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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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5 Rules for Winning a Divorce Case in Illinois

There are things to remember in order to help your divorce go smoothly. Our family law and divorce attorneys in Wheaton can help you understand these steps. 1. Talk to an attorney first! – It is very important that you talk to a Wheaton divorce lawyer before doing anything else. Your lawyer will help you […]

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Getting Divorced? Be Careful What You Post About Your Ex on Facebook

In a world in which social media has become a part of daily life, people tend to post or tweet their every movement and feeling on Facebook or Twitter, or both. While your friends may find it just mildly annoying to read about what you had for breakfast, your soon-to-be-ex-spouse might have a more negative […]

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Bright Young Lawyer a Shining Light in his Community

Sean McCumber, a compassionate family law attorney and partner at the Sullivan, Taylor & Gumina, P.C., was recently honored by the Illinois State Bar Association. Divorce can be on of the most difficult parts of life for every member of a family, but caring and successful family law and divorce lawyer is crucial to working […]

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