Author Archives: Deborah A. Carder

Deborah A. Carder

About Deborah A. Carder

Deborah Carder has litigated family law cases for more than a decade. While her experience includes all facets of matrimonial law, her practice is focused on the custodial needs of wealthy individuals and the complex financial issues regarding their estates and business interests.

The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

Many people still think of a prenuptial agreement as something that wealthy families use as a form of “marriage insurance” to protect their riches. In fact, a growing number of people, from a broad range of income levels, are seeking out prenuptial agreements to help answer questions about their assets before they get married. In […]

Do I Need to Re-Enter the Workforce After My Divorce?

Change is inevitable after a divorce. Parties find new homes, bank accounts are divided, furnishings must be allocated and time with the children shared. It is difficult for most to adjust to their new lives, but even more challenging for the at-home parent. Parents that sacrificed education or career opportunities in order to raise children […]

When a Break Becomes Legal

One way some couples cope with the uncertainty of a failing marriage is to physically separate from each other. Recently, Michael Douglas described his own separation from Catherine Zeta-Jones as “taking a break”. The expectation of a break is that distance and time will provide the perspective to determine if the marriage can be saved. […]

Two Dads and a Surrogate

The break-up of My Fair Wedding host, David Tutera, and his partner, Ryan Jurica, hit the news this week bringing to light the added difficulties couples face when determining custody of children conceived through non-traditional means. It is estimated that more than five million babies have been born using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (“ART”) since the […]

Effective Co-Parenting After Divorce

Divorce is challenging, but especially so for those couples raising children together. Those couples have their relationships transformed but not ended by divorce – as parents, they still need to maintain contact with each other about custody, finances, doctor’s visits, and whatever else involves their children. Becoming better co-parents takes a conscious, ongoing effort – […]

The Impact of Shared Custody on Child Support

Ever since the news reports revealed that the Illinois legislature had started reviewing the child support statute, I have been flooded with questions regarding the change.  The reports state that according to the new proposal, the statute will no longer apply a set percentage to net income based on the number of minor children.  Instead, […]

Holidays and Divorce – Tips for Enjoying the True Spirit of the Holidays

The holidays evoke universal feelings of peace, joy and hope.  Yet, for some individuals going through the difficult process of a divorce, the mere mention of the holiday season causes anxiety.   While it may seem impossible to enjoy yourself in light of your situation, rest assured it is not.  Following just a few tips during […]

Combating Domestic Violence in Affluent Families

Victims of domestic violence surround us. Many victims from affluent families serve as pillars of our community, attend professional and charitable events with us, volunteer at our children’s schools, or are simply neighbors.  Outwardly, they appear to enjoy the luxuries and quality of life that the Chicago area provides, but their private lives are drastically […]

Parents Can Strengthen Family Relationships, Even During Divorce

The word “divorce” does not conjure up positive thoughts of family wellness, but emotionally fit  parents can strengthen family relationships even during the legal process and later as a divorced family.  Typically, parents are so trapped in their own emotional chaos, not to mention the arduous divorce procedure, that they involve their children in the […]

Invalidating a Prenuptial Agreement in Illinois

When a party desires to have a prenuptial agreement held invalid under Illinois law, the first factor that must be considered is the date of execution.  Different standards will apply depending on when the parties entered into the agreement.  The principles of the Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (“IUPAA”) govern any agreement executed on or […]