• Renewed Efforts in Illinois Toward Equal Parenting Time

    Under Part VI of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), courts presume that parents in Chicago who get divorced should both play a role in their child’s life unless there is a clear reason that one of the parents should be excluded. For example, in cases in which one parent has been convicted of a violent crime or has been tied to acts of family violence or child abuse, the court might determine that it is not[...]

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  • Divorce Could Make People Happier Than Marriage

    Now that the holiday season is over and more people are filing for divorce, it is a good time to consider the benefits of both marriage and divorce in Chicago. While common knowledge often suggests that married people are happier than those who are divorced, a recent article in Psychology Today suggests that, on the whole, that notion simply might not be true in practice. Indeed, as the article intimates, we as a society are so accustomed to marriage and[...]

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  • Relocation Mid-School Year After a Divorce

    If you are thinking about filing for divorce at the start of the New Year, if you plan to separate from your spouse, or if you have recently accepted a new job, you have likely been thinking about the potential impact that moving will have on your child. When you are divorced, moving mid-year with a teenager can present significant challenges. Those challenges can be legal ones—concerning Illinois law on relocation—as well as psychological or emotional challenges associated with a[...]

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  • What You Need to Know Before Filing for Divorce

    For many people in Chicago who file for divorce, there is a significant amount of relief when the divorce is finalized. At the same time—as with any other major life decision—there are often things newly divorced individuals wish that they would have done during their divorce or that they would have known. In other words, people learn lessons during their divorce about how they would have approached a certain issue or problem if they were to encounter it again. A[...]

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  • Recent Study Addresses Shared Parenting After Divorce

    For many parents who have recently gotten divorced or are thinking about filing for divorce in the New Year, the prospect of shared parenting can produce anxiety and frustration. While some parents get along with one another throughout the divorce proceedings and continue to work together amicably afterward, this is not always the case. For many Chicago residents, it can be difficult to even imagine reaching a compromise with your ex-spouse about anything, especially an issue concerning the children. For[...]

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