For many people, pets are more than just animals. They are beloved members of the family. So, what happens to pets when couples divorce? Currently in Illinois, pets or “companion animals” are treated as personal property in dissolution proceedings. If parties are unable to come to an agreement, then the court will want to know
In cases involving issues of parenting time and decision-making responsibilities, it is not uncommon to hear that a minor child wishes to speak to the Judge. Pursuant to Section 604.10 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/604.10), the Court may interview a child to determine the child’s thoughts and wishes.
This is an issue which arises in many cases. From doing exchanges of financial disclosures, to doing driving for parenting time, there are many issues which Judges decide and put into court orders that the parties are not happy about. However, court orders MUST be followed. So, if something is in a court order, it
There are many different facets of preparation for a divorce, both physically and emotionally. One of the questions I hear the most often from potential clients is how they can prepare for for when their spouse may file for a divorce. Here is a summary of some items to consider from a Chicago divorce attorney: (1)
According to Section 602.3 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/602.3), the right of first refusal means that if a party intends to leave the minor child with a substitute child-care provider for a significant period of time. That party must first offer the other party an opportunity to personally
The issue of child discipline has been a hotly debated topic for centuries and varies in response depending on the person’s cultural background. In most cultures, spanking is an acceptable and encouraged form of discipline. The point of contention has been, however, the form and extent of the spanking. Pursuant to Illinois law, it is