Tag Archives: Lake Forest Divorce Attorney

Tips on How to Reconnect with an Estranged Child

Some parents have estranged relationships with their children. Whether the estrangement was caused by bad decisions, alienation by the other parent, geographical constraints, service in the military and separation from the child for a long period of time, or other reasons, there is no better time than the present to take the first step. Some […]

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 […]

Don’t Delay Seeking College Contribution from Your Ex-Spouse

One of the issues typically reserved in contested divorce cases is who will pay the children’s college after they graduate high school.  Typically, most Marital Settlement Agreements will reserve this issue for determination at a later date, primarily because it is difficult to forecast how each party’s financial circumstances will look when the children ultimately […]

Am I Frozen Out of My Spouse’s Frozen Pension Plan?

Many traditional defined benefit pension plans that provide a monthly annuity payment to the employee at retirement have been frozen over the past decade.  There are a number of reasons why corporations are freezing their pension plans, mostly economic.  What does a freeze on a pension plan mean to the employees and their spouses? The […]

Protecting Your Lifestyle During and After Divorce

Divorce can be an emotionally stressful and challenging time.  Unfortunately, the divorce process can be made even more difficult when one spouse acts punitively to hurt their former partner by engaging in tactics that manipulate one party’s financial resources in order to injure the other spouse’s means of support.  While the goal of all divorce […]

Confidentiality of Custody Evaluations

Cases involving the custody of children are undoubtedly the most difficult cases for family law judges.  Instead of dealing with objective numbers—calculating the value of a marital or non-marital estate by reviewing bank and brokerage account records, tax returns, applications for loans, and other objective documents, or determining the correct child support figure by ascertaining […]

Retaining Your Non Marital Property After Divorce

Most people contemplating or going through a divorce are looking to retain as much of their property as possible.  That property is divided into two classifications: marital and non-marital property.  Marital property in Illinois generally consists of property acquired during a marriage.  Illinois divorce law requires the equitable sharing of all marital property.  That means […]

Flash Point: Mandatory Interest on Unpaid Child Support Payments Effective May 1, 1987

The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that mandatory interest on child support payments became effective as of May 1, 1987.  The support obligor father had been largely delinquent in payments from 1992 through 2005.  He conceded that mandatory interest accrued beginning in 2000 (the year the IMDMA was amended to provide for mandatory interest on […]

Tax Filing or Fooling: Review Your Spouse’s Tax Forms

Among the annual rites of spring is the filing of your income tax return. In the majority of households, that means one spouse will simply ask another to ”sign here,” and the other spouse never looks at any part of the return other than the signature line.  However, the fine print right above the signature […]

Flash Point: Child’s Receipt of Dependent Social Security Benefits did not Entitle Father to a Setoff Against Medical Support Arrearage

A father who became permanently and completely disabled after a car accident challenged the trial court’s ruling that the child’s receipt of a lump sum payment of approximately $13,000 as retroactive social security dependant payment should offset $3,967 that he owed towards the child’s medical expenses.  The Father also appealed the trial court’s ruling that […]