Divorce and Social Security Benefits

If a couple divorces (i.e. the judgment is entered) after ten years of marriage, it is possible for both spouses to benefit from the primary wage-earner’s social security benefits. However, there are some requirements to obtain this benefit, as outlined … Continued

Body Attachment for Failure to Pay Support

Section 713 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/713) addresses body attachments for failure to pay maintenance or child support.  As used in this Section, “obligor” has the same meaning ascribed to such term in … Continued

Child Support Arrearages

Child support arrearages are support obligations that were not previously paid on time pursuant to a court order.  Arrearages do not terminate once the original support obligation is over, usually when the child is eighteen (18).  An arrearage will follow … Continued

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN SUBSTITUTING JUDGES

There are certain instances when a judge may be substituted due to cause.  However, more frequently, a judge is substituted by right without any other explanation in accordance with 735 ILCS 5/2-1001. In domestic relations, an attorney may make the … Continued

Legal Guardianship Elements

A guardian is given legal responsibility for the care of the child, appointed by the court, and responsible for the child until removed by the court or until the child turns 18 years old. A guardian is appointed for a … Continued

VENUE

A question that many people ask us during an initial phone call is where there case will be filed.  If you live in Cook County, there are many options, but the main courthouse in Cook County is the Daley Center.  … Continued