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
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
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
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
Managing regular household bills on a monthly basis can be challenging enough during marital bliss. When a couple commences the divorce process, they often face two sets of household expenses in addition to their separate attorneys’ fees. Understanding some basic rules regarding marital income and expenses can be crucial to managing expenses and minimizing debt.
A relatively underutilized law allows Courts to suspend the driver’s license privileges of child support obligors who fail to meet their obligations and pay child support. Common misconceptions about the law are that in order to suspend the license privileges there must first be a court finding of contempt against the payor and, once the