When Is a Permanent Maintenance Award Reasonable?

Most people understand the concept of maintenance, formally known as alimony. The question becomes, what type of maintenance should a person receive from their spouse, and how long should it be awarded? The recent case of In Re the Marriage of Dea discussed this very issue. The husband Paul, sought permanent maintenance, a type of

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What is a bifurcation in a divorce proceeding?

​Bifurcation by definition means the splitting of a main body into two parts. In a divorce proceeding, it is asking the court to divide the case into separate stages, one on the grounds for the divorce and one on the financial issues. ​The primary advantage of bifurcation is that it permits the court to divorce

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Grandparent Visitation

Most grandparents cannot imagine not being able to spend time with their grandchildren. However, when a parent is at odds with a child’s grandparent, and chooses to exclude a grandparent from the child’s life, the law in Illinois presumes that the parent is acting in the child’s best interest. In 2002, in the case Wickham

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The 411 On Pre-Marital Agreements

  It seems that more people are getting married later in life than ever before.  Years ago, when people married at younger ages, most had not yet established themselves and didn’t have property prior to their marriage.  Now that the average age for a first marriage in the United States is into the very late

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Collecting Past Due Child Support

An issue that often arises after the parties have been divorced is past due child support. Oftentimes, the party obligated to pay support will fall behind on their payments. In order to collect, the party owed support must bring the case back to court. This can be a costly procedure, which is why some parties

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Mother Interferes with Father’s Parenting Time With Son But Not Held in Contempt

We hear about it all the time… Custodial parents interfere with the other parent’s ability to see their children. The only real recourse is to bring it before the court and seek a contempt finding. We counsel our clients that this is the only way to get the custodial parent’s attention. Sometimes it works, but

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Illinois is a “no-fault” state

Most states allow parties to obtain a divorce under a “no-fault” provision.  In a true “no-fault” state, parties can get divorced without a separation period by simply pleading that they no longer wish to remain married. Illinois is not a true “no-fault” state, in Illinois you have to have grounds to obtain a divorce unless

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