A Practical Approach to Holiday Parenting Time

Now that Halloween is over, it seems that everyone is looking forward towards the holidays. For those who do not yet have a holiday parenting time schedule in place, this can be worrisome. However, there are some common-sense ways to deal with establishing a holiday parenting time schedule. First, make a list of the holidays

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One Solution to Cash Flow Issues with Guidelines Support Orders

Ever since the enactment of maintenance guidelines as of January 1, 2015, maintenance is now determined by a formula based on both parties’ net incomes. The result has often been harsh for some parties if it is combined with guidelines child support, resulting in an award that is more than 50% of a party’s net

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Living Arrangements During Pre-Decree Divorce Proceedings  

It is common for parties to live apart throughout the divorce process. Sometimes a spouse may move in with a friend or family member. Maybe the parties can afford the rent for an apartment on top of their monthly mortgage for the marital residence. Perhaps the parties own more than one residence, to begin with.

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Celebrating Birthday’s in a Parenting Agreement

Birthdays seem to be a very touchy subject in family court.  As such, to avoid unnecessary emergency motions, minor children and parent’s birthdays are often allocated in the Allocation Judgments entered in Courts in Illinois. One thing to consider when working birthdays into parenting agreements or Allocation Judgments is that birthdays, more often than not,

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What is the Illinois State Disbursement Unit?

Typically, when a court in the State of Illinois enters a child support order, payments are ordered to be sent to the Illinois State Disbursement Unit or to the Clerk of the County’s Circuit Court. The parties can enter into a written agreement that details alternative arrangements for the support payments, provided that the court

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Do I have to attend the finalization of my divorce?

Whether or not one has to attend the finalization of the divorce depends on the situation. Generally, the petitioner (the person who filed) has to attend, so they can prove their case. If the respondent is represented by counsel or otherwise signs off on all documents and consents to the divorce, the Respondent does not

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