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August 2016 Archives

How can unmarried couples protect their assets in the event of separation?

Previously, we wrote about a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision which highlighted the need for unmarried couples in Illinois to take steps to protect their assets in the event of separation. This is an especially important issue to address when an unmarried couple plans on commingling their assets, since doing so makes it difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to determine which assets  belongs to which party.

IL Supreme Court case highlights lack of financial protections for unmarried couples

Protecting oneself financially is important whenever a long-standing relationship fails. This is as important for unmarried couples as it is for married couples. In some ways, it is more important for unmarried couples given that state law does not provide any special entitlements.

How do judges figure amount and duration of spousal maintenance?

We previously began looking at the issue of spousal maintenance or support, specifically how Illinois courts determine whether a spouse is entitled to maintenance.  Picking up where we left off last time, if a judge determines it is just to award maintenance to a spouse, the amount and duration of the award needs to be determined.

When is a spouse entitled to maintenance in Illinois?

In divorce, it is critical to work with an experienced attorney who can help ensure a fair settlement is reached with respect to assets and debts. Property division in Illinois, is governed by the principle of equitable distribution, and state law requires courts to come to ensure that property and debts are divided in a manner that is “just and equitable.”

Handling back-to-school time as a divorced parent

Autumn is almost here, and with that comes cooler weather, changing leaves, and a new school year. As you and your child get ready, you likely have a long list of school supplies to purchase, new clothes to buy, textbooks to get and adjustments to make in your home to accommodate school start/end times and extracurricular activities.

What recourse is available when a parent abuses/violates parenting time order? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at what types remedies a court can order when a parent is found to have violated a parenting time order. As we noted, there are a variety of possible remedies, including holding the offending parent in contempt of court. This, again, can result in additional sanctions.

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