Author Archives: Shannon R. Burke

Shannon R. Burke

About Shannon R. Burke

Shannon Burke began her career at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in 2010 as an associate in the firm’s Appeals and Research Department. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Burke served as a law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly and Illinois Appellate Court Justice P. Scott Neville. She was also a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court. * Shannon is now Associate Director of Educational Programming at the American Bar Association

How Do Courts Calculate Child Support When a Parent is Unemployed or Underemployed?

Every parent has a legal and moral obligation to financially support his or her child.  When parties divorce, the court will usually require the noncustodial parent to pay a percentage of his or her net income as child support.   What happens, though, when the noncustodial parent’s net income is difficult to calculate or fluctuates from […]

What is Collaborative Law?

When you hear the word “divorce,” you probably have an image of what the process will be like.  Perhaps you assume that each party will hire an attorney; take a polarized negotiation position; and repeatedly go to court to fight over issues of property division, custody, and spousal support.  Perhaps you fear that after years […]

A Joint Parenting Agreement is a Contract

When parties are negotiating terms of a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) or a Joint Parenting Agreement (JPA) at the eleventh hour, they might be inclined to make concessions for the sake of “getting it over with.”  Perhaps the parties are inclined to insert a provision into the agreement that will not take effect for a […]

Pet Ownership in Illinois Divorce Cases

Pet owners love their pets and view them as an important part of their family.  Pet care is a multi-billion dollar industry, as evidenced by the increase in pet insurance, pet attire, specially made pet food, regular pet grooming services, and the number of pet pictures owners carry in their wallets.  About a third of […]

I’m Dissatisfied with the Trial Court’s Decision – What Can I Do?

The trial court judge issued a final judgment in your dissolution of marriage case disposing of all outstanding issues between you and your former spouse.  However, you are unhappy with the judgment for any number of reasons.  Perhaps you are disappointed that the court awarded you and your former spouse joint custody of your children […]