When you can collect attorney’s fees

                Sometimes divorce proceedings can get drawn out do to discovery, motion practice, and other strategic maneuvers. Oftentimes, this requires a party to incur attorney’s fees for an issue the other party is pursuing. As a result, a question I am often asked is, can the court order my spouse to pay my attorney’s fees?

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The 411 on “Military Divorce” Issues

Many servicemen and women find themselves in a position where their marriages are ending.  Unfortunately, when you are in an occupation that involves high stress, as well as families being separated for long periods of time, it takes a lot more effort to make a marriage work, and oftentimes it simply doesn’t work out.  The

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New Law: Right of First Refusal to Other Parent

The Illinois Legislature has amended the Law in Illinois by adding a section that provides that if a court finds that it is in the best interest of a child, a court may award one or both of the parents the right of first refusal to be with and care for the child during the

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Certain Illinois Supreme Court Rule 138 provisions are postponed

In a recent blog article that I wrote, I explained how Rule 138 was going to be making significant changes as it relates to your security and your identity contained within court documents. Changes for adults included the removal of social security numbers and individual tax payer identification numbers and birth dates contained within public

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Something Old…A Brief Look at the Evolution of Women’s Property Rights

In the early nineteenth century, a single woman enjoyed the same rights as a man to enter contracts and manage property and to sue and be sued. However, when a woman married, those rights merged with the husband’s rights under the doctrine of coverture. Legally speaking, the man and woman became one—and he was the

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All about “disclosure statements

All about “disclosure statements” In almost every divorce case in the state of Illinois the divorcing parties are required to fill out some sort of “disclosure statement”. In Cook County, this document is referred to as a 13.3.1 Disclosure Statement, whereas in DuPage County it is a “comprehensive financial statement” or a “CFS”, for short.

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