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Unique Social and Legal Challenges in Same-Sex Divorces

The US Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling was a hard-fought victory for same-sex couples who had been denied the right to marry. For many couples, it was a long-awaited recognition of their love and commitment to each other and a step toward greater acceptance and equality for all people. However, as with any major […]

How does child support modification work in Illinois?

Illinois family court recognizes that child support agreements sometimes need adjustments. Therefore, you can modify a child support agreement under certain circumstances as long as the court agrees that it is in the child’s best interest. What are the requirements? For the court to agree to changes, the parent requesting a modification must prove that […]

How can your divorce affect your kids?

Few things can be more stressful than going through a divorce. After all, not only must you deal with divorce-related matters, like divvying up your marital property, but you also must adjust to a new way of life. If you have kids, though, your divorce is apt to be even more challenging. Just like you, […]

Who Gets the Pet? Animals and Divorce.

Pets are part of your family, so people often don’t think about what will happen to them during the pendency or finalizing of a divorce. Will a judge order shared custody or set a visitation schedule as they might with your human children? This is a very common and real issue that divorcing couples face […]

Do You Really Need a Divorce Lawyer? Three Reasons to Consider.

Some couples may be in a situation where they are both certain that their divorce will be clean, easy and 100% amicable and in those cases filing for divorce may seem like something that can be done on their own. Perhaps that is true, but there are some reasons that apply even to the friendliest […]

3 reasons to go after lump-sum spousal maintenance

If you are in the middle of a divorce, you may have some very real worries about your ability to support yourself after your marriage ends. Fortunately, you may qualify for spousal maintenance, sometimes called alimony. According to Illinois law, a court can order one spouse to pay spousal maintenance to the other for as […]