• Three Routes to Establishing Paternity in Illinois

    Paternity is a legal concept that refers to the identity of a child’s biological father, and there are different reasons why various individuals would want to make parentage official under Illinois law. The child’s mother may want to establish paternity to file for child support, as there must be an official record before a court can enter such an order; A man who contests that he is the biological father may want an official determination of parentage because he would[...]

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  • New Illinois Law on Child Support: Developing Trends in Divorce Cases

    Almost a year has passed since the new Illinois child support law went into effect and already certain trends are developing to shape how divorce cases proceed in the state. In general, the statute has changed how the amount of child support is determined, which reflects the new reality of a shared approach to parenting. As such, the focus is no longer on what the noncustodial parent should pay to the custodial parent to cover the costs of raising the[...]

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  • What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order in Illinois Divorce Law?

    Even if you are many years away from leaving the workforce, your retirement benefits may be an issue now if you are going through Illinois divorce. Often, these accounts are among the most valuable assets involved in a divorce, making them a highly contentious issue. Plus, the complicated structure, vesting rules, and other details make them one of the more difficult assets to divide fairly and equitably between divorcing spouses. You can rely on an experienced divorce and complex property[...]

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  • Spousal Maintenance Law Changes Coming to Illinois

    Are you thinking about filing for divorce this year? If so, you should know that there are changes coming to Illinois spousal maintenance law. The changes will take effect on June 1, 2018, and they will have a major impact on many divorce cases in which the court determines that spousal maintenance is appropriate. To be clear, under the new law, spouses who are seeking maintenance will still need to request maintenance under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage[...]

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  • Parenting Courses in Chicago Custody Cases

    If you are filing for divorce in Chicago and have children from the marriage, it is important to know what the state requires in terms of parent education. While parents often know and understand their own children’s needs better than an individual or group tasked with providing parent education after a divorce, what many parents do not realize is that their kids will have reactions to the divorce—as well as to parenting time and parental responsibilities—that they may not have[...]

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