Section Newsletter Articles on Divorce
Maintenance in Illinois divorce litigation
General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm
, April 2015
As of January 1, 2015 the Illinois maintenance statute was revised and the amount and duration of maintenance was defined.
Defending against SBP in divorce
, November 2014
Strategies to prevent a soon-to-be-former spouse from getting coverage under a servicemember's Survivor Benefit Plan.
New spousal support guidelines for divorcing couples in Illinois
, October 2014
Even when facts and circumstances are remarkably similar, maintenance awards have varied widely and unpredictably. Recognizing this, in 2009 the Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council began intensively analyzing the various issues.
The putative spouse
, March 2014
With more and more divorces involving foreign nation or cultural marriages, the putative spouse statute can be a useful tool in enhancing a client’s award of property or maintenance or both.
Child’s wishes under the IMDMA
, February 2014
While a court should consider the preferences of the child in awarding custody, a court is not bound by that preference.
Exclusive possession under the IMDMA and IDVA
, February 2014
The two statutes that a party may proceed under, the IMDMA and the IDVA, hold parties to different standards, and it may turn out that you are using the wrong statute for some of your cases.
Movie review: “Divorce Corp”
, January 2014
Section Council member Judge Jeanne Reynolds gives her opinion of the documentary film.
Post-majority support for education in Illinois
, August 2013
While support for college expenses is regularly included in a Judgment for Dissolution, Illinois case law is inconsistent regarding the correct measure of a parent’s financial obligations.
Is failure to file a lis pendens at the outset of a divorce case considered malpractice?
Women and the Law
, May 2013
Every family law attorney heeds warning when the word “malpractice” is uttered. We all know the fundamentals of malpractice in our respective fields, and we do our best to stay current on new law by attending an assortment of continuing legal education courses to protect against that malignant word. Inevitably, smaller items sometimes slip through the cracks.
College expense contributions by divorced parents: Reservations about reservation provisions
, November 2011
Courts do not always require divorcing parties to expressly allocate the cost of their children’s college expenses between themselves upon termination of their marriage. Rather, the issue of each party’s respective obligation to contribute to their children’s college expenses is instead often “reserved” for future determination pursuant to Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Given the popularity of these reservation provisions in divorce decrees, family law practitioners must understand the ramifications of these provisions, and how to best convert the “reservation” into actual college expense contributions.
Yes, you have two husbands
, November 2011
Getting a divorce overseas is not a problem or something you should necessarily avoid, but be aware of the jurisdiction.