This summer, Illinois joined more than a dozen states that now recognize same-sex marriage. However, even though it is now legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry, adopt children and divorce in these states, there are many issues on which the law still needs to catch up. In fact, courts all over the country…Read More
Schlesinger, Strauss & Hoyt Family Law Articles and Firm News
Schlesinger, Strauss & Hoyt Firm News and Articles
When going through divorce, dividing debts is just as important as dividing assets for many Illinois residents. Whether it’s credit cards, lines of credit or personal loans, many people have taken on debt in some form over the course of their marriage. During the divorce process, all marital debts are divided “equitably” between the spouses,…Read More
Sure, there are obvious things that people know they should avoid doing during a divorce. But not all major divorce mistakes are evident to the average person, especially when they involve finances. As a result of these not-so-obvious divorce traps, many Illinois residents are left worse-off financially than they need to be following a split….Read More
When you are getting a fresh emotional start in your life by getting a divorce, taxes may be far from your mind. That is entirely understandable, because divorce can be a stressful time. But it is still worth taking the time to think strategically about how tax issues can affect your divorce. In this post,…Read More
Divorce can be a very stressful thing to go through at any age. But for couples approaching retirement, it can cause added worry about the future. During an Illinois divorce, all marital assets — including retirement accounts — must be split equitably between the parties. That means some individuals could end up losing up to…Read More
Another famous couple is going through divorce and using a unique way of describing their split. Singer and songwriter Jewel announced that she and husband Ty Murray are headed for divorce in a letter to her fans today. Always the wordsmith, Jewel said that she and her rodeo star husband would be ending their seven-year…Read More
Michael was named as editor of the monthly publication, The Docket, for the 2014-2015 Bar Association year.
Illinois is one of several states currently considering changing their family laws to better promote shared parenting arrangements. As we have reported, child custody in the past was almost always awarded to mothers while fathers were granted visitation rights. However, today fathers throughout the nation are demanding a greater amount of time with their children…Read More
Gary was sworn in for a one year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake County Bar Association.
The role fathers play in their children’s lives has changed significantly in recent decades. Today, fathers are much more hands-on with raising their children than they were in past generations. Additionally, gender roles have shifted as more women are working outside of the home and more men are taking on roles inside of the home….Read More