Tag Archives: Divorce Attorney

Hard Cases Make Bad Law: Recent Trends in College Education Decisions

I recently read an article on the differences in how Illinois appellate courts are split on whether or not a child of divorce has “standing” (legal term for the right to be in court asking for something) to enforce the college education provisions in his or her parents’ divorce decree.  What does this mean in […]

The Gray Divorce Revolution

The graying of America is moving full speed ahead.  It is estimated that 10,000 people are turning 65 every day —a trend that will continue for the next 20 years. By 2030, almost one out of every five Americans—some 72 million people—will be 65 years or older. By 2050, the 65+ population is projected to […]

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 […]

The Multi-Disciplinary Nature of Family Law: Expecting the Unexpected

When people ask why I chose family law, I tell them that it’s one of the few areas of law where one not only deals at close range with clients, but one that touches on a plethora of areas of the law.  After over 20 years in practice, it has become obvious that the multi-disciplinary […]

The Illinois Supreme Court Allows Guardians to File Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage on Behalf of Wards in Karbin v. Karbin

The population of the United States is getting older.  The most recent census, conducted in 2010, revealed not only that there are now more Americans age 65 and above than at any other time in U.S. history, but also that this age group grew at a faster pace during the prior decade than the total […]

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 Practical Guide to Navigating Visitation Disputes

All too often, litigants work tirelessly to finalize a comprehensive parenting order only to have disputes over parenting time after the order is entered.  The purpose of this article is to provide a few practical tips to deal with these common problems, including some new remedies for litigants provided by recent amendments to the Illinois […]

Instant Replay Creates All Kinds of Issues

Article originally appeared in the November 27, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield Major League Baseball (MLB) is deciding this off-season whether to extend instant replay to other areas of the game.  Meanwhile, former LA. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is facing his own instant […]

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 […]

Athletes Try to Keep Proceedings Quiet

Article originally appeared in the October 23, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield The phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” is most frequently linked to Oscar Wilde’s “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”  In the […]