Tag Archives: Wheaton Divorce Attorney

Preparing For Summer Co-Parenting

Though many children look forward to the fun, freedom, and activities that typically come with summer vacation, it can be a challenging time for both the children and the parents in divorcing or post-divorce families. Under many custody arrangements, children are with one parent or the other for longer stretches during the summer than during […]

A Fresh Start in the New Year

Typically, each new year brings a sense of anticipation and a fresh start. However, it may not feel this way for those going through or contemplating a divorce. In fact, the new year may create uneasy feelings and a concern about the future. Planning and forward thinking can make the process easier, reducing anxiety, stress, […]

Loving v. Virginia: Thoughts on Gay Marriage

In June 1958, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married Richard Loving, a white man.  Although the newlyweds were residents of Virginia, they married in the District of Columbia because Virginia had a criminal statute that prohibited interracial marriages between a white person and a person of color in addition to a statutory provision that rendered […]

Divorcing in a Volatile Economic Market

In uncertain times, dividing the matrimonial pie is more than slicing equal pieces For couples contemplating a divorce, the volatility in the financial and real estate markets has created an impediment that has left many questioning how they will achieve future financial security while attempting to establish two households.  A common goal may be to […]

Planning Tips for Stress-Free Holidays

Parents facing separation or divorce can find joy in the holidays with proper planning A good plan is like a road map, and although members of families coping with divorce may be traveling somewhat different routes, it is possible to find joy during the holiday season if parents think ahead and carefully plan ways to […]

Protection of Animals Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act

Protection of animals in cases of domestic violence is not a topic discussed to often, but there are laws in place for such.  Effective January 1, 2008, a new remedy under Section 214 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (“IDVA”) was established, captioned “Protection of Animals.”  This remedy reflects increasing awareness throughout the country of […]

Can There Be Such a Thing As a Civil Divorce?

Can couples part in a way that is respectful and does not add to a distressing situation?  Yes they can, by following a few guidelines. By its nature, divorce is fraught with emotional issues, especially when there has been marital misconduct. But many of these issues— however real and upsetting have little relevance to the […]

“Net Income” for Child Support Purposes

A common sense approach to the trend in Illinois law A frequent question for family law practitioners is, what is “net income” for child support purposes? The law on this issue has been evolving over the decades since the enactment of the child support statute, which defines net income as the total of all income […]

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 […]