In a Divorce Case, What is NOT Considered Dissipation of the Marital Estate?

Last week, we discussed what constitutes dissipation of marital assets and/or the marital estate. We discussed that expenditures held to constitute dissipation are extraordinary expenses that clearly do not further common marital interests. So what is NOT dissipation? The following are considered NOT to be dissipation of the martial estate Gifts: No dissipation where a

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When A Parent “Abducts” A Child

Can a biological parent abduct his or her own child? Does abduction only occur when there is a custody dispute or divorce? The answer is “yes” a biological parent can abduct his or her own child and, “no”, a custody dispute or divorce is not a necessary precursor. A Chicago woman and her two sons,

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Divorce Witness List

Preparing for trial can often be an overwhelming experience. What many clients do not realize is that the Illinois Supreme Court Rules dictate how both parties must prepare for trial. Before a matter can proceed to trial, the parties must each disclose the witnesses they will call to testify on their behalf and the documents

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Co-Parenting During a Divorce Through “Nesting”

A “nesting” arrangement is a unique arrangement where the children remain in the family home and the parents take turns moving in and out—departing the “nest.” When the parents are not at home they live in a separate dwelling, either rotating or separate from each other. The goal of this arrangement is to provide the

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Choose Your Maintenance Award Carefully

People know that alimony is now called maintenance. But few people understand what kind of maintenance is the best award for them. It is important for you to fully explore your individual circumstances to determine which maintenance award is in your best interest. There are many kinds of maintenance. A “Maintenance in Gross” award is

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When Can I have my Attorneys Fees paid by the other party?

Usually, if you have another party that has violated a Court Order, the other party can seek what are known as 508b fees from them. The decision to grant those fees are always within the sound discretion of the court (with the exception of a contempt finding). However, what if there was no order? What

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