Attorney Michael Strauss is a court approved child representative and guardian ad litem in custody cases in Cook County, Illinois.
On September 23, 2021, Attorney Gary Schlesinger attended a 90 minute seminar on reviewing a Child Custody Evaluation Report and Cross Examining a Custody Evaluator, presented by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Education. Thursday, October 7, Gary will attend and be a member of…Read More
Family Law Attorney Deanna Hoyt has been invited as a member of the EPWNG’s (Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group) Northwest Suburbs branch. Congratulations Deanna!
The state of Illinois presumes that a husband of a mother who gives birth is the baby’s father. However, if the mother is unmarried, there is no presumption of paternity so paternity must be established to ensure the financial support of the child. Sometimes unmarried parents will enter into an informal child support agreement. However,…Read More
Deciding on a parenting time arrangement is not always easy, especially in a contested divorce. Sometimes a court cannot determine a parenting time or parental responsibility arrangement that is in the best interests of the child without the help of professionals such as a custody evaluator – a professional that can work with the parents,…Read More
Congratulations Gary and Michael! You have been selected to the 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Illinois receive this distinction.
Divorced parents are legally obligated to provide financial support for their children, ensuring that their child has the resources they need such as shelter, clothing, food and other basic requirements. Sometimes a parent who is considering divorce has concerns about the other parent pulling their weight when it comes to supporting their child. They may…Read More
By Michael Strauss, Published in ISBA’s Newsletter Section on Family Law, August 2021 • Volume 65 • Number 2 For years, the common practice has been that once a judge opines at a pretrial conference or just in general on the case, then a party could not successfully replace the judge by way of a…Read More
The language used to define child custody in Illinois can be confusing. What was once referred to as legal custody is now called parental responsibility while physical custody is now referred to as parenting time. To understand what the terms mean, it is important to take a closer look. Parental Responsibility Parental responsibility can be…Read More
For one year only so far, 2021, Congress has modified the Child Independent Care Tax Credit. This is a credit against taxes that are actually owed for up to $4,000.00 for one qualifying individual and $8,000.00 for two or more individuals. A credit is much better than an exemption because a credit reduces the taxes…Read More