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June 26, 2019

In this video below I explain how to complete a financial disclosure affidavit for family law cases (including pre-decree and post-decree divorce and paternity cases).  The financial disclosure affidavit is a statewide approved form and must be completed in any family...

March 25, 2018

Financial issues involved in a divorce - especially high net worth cases - are often complicated and require professionals with the experience and knowledge to handle such cases.  Hiding assets can be a form of "self-help" that unfairly skews the divorce results.

It i...

March 1, 2018

Pursuant to a January 19, 2018, order, Cook County Judge Naomi Schuster awarded permanent maintenance to an ex-wife in a post-decree dissolution proceeding involving the review of maintenance.  The parties were married in 1990 and divorced in 2014, and the ex-wife was...

February 25, 2018

If you believe that your marriage may be heading towards a divorce, or if it is imminent, there are some several things you should consider doing (or not doing) to help prepare for the process:

1.  Copy or access documents.  Tax returns, bank statements, investment/reti...

February 22, 2018

Until January 2015, judges in Illinois calculated maintenance (formerly known as alimony) without using a formula and instead relying on a list of factors that appeared in the statute and in relevant case law from the appellate and supreme courts.  On January 2015, a n...

February 13, 2018

In Illinois, child support obligations resulting from divorce cases are always modifiable (upward or downward) based upon a "substantial change in circumstances" pursuant to 750 ILCS 5/510.  The most common reasons to modify child support are as follows:

1.  C...

February 13, 2018

Divorces in Illinois can now include a "custody" fight over pets.  On January 1, 2018, the Illinois property law was amended to allow judges to consider the well-being of "companion animals" in determining who will be awarded the pet.  The relevant addition to the law...

February 12, 2018

On December 22, 2017, the President signed House Resolution 1, which amended the United States tax code in a number of ways.  There are many aspects of the law which impact divorces or divorcing couples, but one that has an enormous impact on divorcing couples in Illin...

November 8, 2017

On July 1, 2017, at the legislature's modifications to Illinois' child support statute (750 ILCS 5/505) became effective.  On the surface the modifications may not appear that significant but they are in practice in a number of ways.  Below are the three most dramatic...

December 6, 2016

1.    Who will work on your case.  If you have a consultation with a partner at a divorce law firm with more than 10 lawyers, chances are that your consultation is with a senior lawyer but unless that lawyer expects your case to generate over tens of thousands (or even...

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