Parents who have accumulated child support debt often wonder if they have options under bankruptcy to discharge the child support arrears. Although it may be disheartening for parents struggling with significant delinquency to hear, the answer is no because child support is a priority debt and child support and arrears must be paid. However, bankruptcy…Read More
For many clients considering divorce, discretion and privacy is of the utmost importance. They are concerned about their private affairs or financial information becoming public through a court file. A pre suit mediation is a process for resolving many of the issues in a divorce before the divorce action is filed in the courts. If…Read More
Michael Strauss elected as the Chair of the ISBA Assembly Agenda & Program Committee for 2020-2021.
Busy time at Schlesinger & Strauss. On October, 21st, Gary Schlesinger presented a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, titled, Ethics in Lawyer Marketing, a discussion of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. Gary discussed how and what lawyers may communicate to prospective clients, judges, and other lawyers to the Lake County Illinois Bar Association Family…Read More
The YWCA’s “Week Without Violence” wrapped up over the weekend, a global movement to end violence against women and children. Every year in October, a week is set aside to acknowledge victims of violence by sharing events, information and personal stories while reaching out to local, state and federal agencies with the common goal of…Read More
A deposition is a legal process to obtain sworn testimony outside the courtroom. In a family law matter, a party to a lawsuit, expert witnesses, family, friends or others may deposed if they have knowledge or information relevant to a case. The deposition provides an opportunity for counsel to glean the scope of a party’s…Read More
Schlesinger & Strauss is proud to announce that on September 24, 2020, attorney Deanna Hoyt graduated as part of the ISBA Leadership Academy’s Inaugural Class. The ISBA Leadership program is designed to train the next generation of professionals to become effective leaders in the Illinois legal community. Congratulations Deanna!
Many saw the story break last year about a California woman who was awarded child support 50 years after her ex-husband hightailed it to Canada, leaving her to raise their 3 year old without the benefit of financial support. Fifty years later, realizing California did not have a statute of limitations on child support payments,…Read More
Infidelity is among the top reasons couples divorce and social media has made cheating on a spouse more prevalent. Social media platforms such as Facebook allow spouses to communicate emotionally or sexually with others outside the marriage, which can signal the beginning of the end for many marriages. Research points to the fact that heightened…Read More
Medical divorce is becoming more common in situations where one spouse requires extensive medical and long term care. Families faced with tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs may look to Medicaid as an option when their private insurance runs out. While those with limited income and assets typically qualify for…Read More