Although the real estate market has improved in many parts of the United States since the collapse several years ago, there are still many Illinois residents who have upside-down mortgages, meaning they owe more on their loans than their homes are worth. You may be asking yourself why we would bring this issue up on…Read More
Michael attended his first meeting as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Child Law Section Counsel and began his second year as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Counsel.
One might think that issues such as adultery, cruelty or abuse should be taken into consideration during a divorce, but for the most part, they aren’t. That’s because Illinois, like the rest of the states, follow no-fault divorce laws, which means that grounds for divorce aren’t taken into consideration when deciding how marital property should…Read More
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Adopting a child is a life-changing process, which is why the laws regulating adoptions in Illinois and the rest of the country are complex. Although we might not think of it as such, adoption is a legal process that is regulated by the state’s court system. Failing to abide by the laws and legal adoption…Read More
Under a new Illinois law that went into effect January 1, parents who have joint custody of their children are becoming the No. 1 choice when it comes to babysitting duty. The law makes it possible for Illinois courts to grant one or both parents who share joint custody of their children the “Right of…Read More
Divorce can involve unique issues depending on which stage of life a married couple is in. For example, for an Illinois couple with young children, child custody and child support will undoubtedly be very important. For married couples who are nearing retirement age and decide to divorce, property division — especially retirement property — is…Read More
In our last post, we discussed how fathers in Illinois and elsewhere now have more rights in custody cases. They also have a greater number of legal options available when trying to establish paternity, seek visitation rights or fight an adoption. However, while today’s dads fare much better than dads from decades ago, fathers’ rights…Read More
Divorce and separation don’t always occur at the most convenient times for families. For example, it was recently reported that Sherri Shepherd, a co-host of The View, is splitting from her husband of almost three years while the couple has a baby on the way through a surrogate. When an unborn child is part of…Read More
Ask anyone who has practiced family law in Illinois and they will tell you that every divorce case is unique, just like every family is unique. While a divorce case involving a couple with few assets and no children can be pretty straightforward, a case involving business owners with many assets and minor children can…Read More