Section Newsletter Articles on Divorce
Interfaith issues in divorce mediation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
, March 2011
The case of Reyes v. Shapiro calls into question the court system’s ability to prohibit a parent from instilling values and beliefs into his or her child.
Best interests and presumptions circa 2011
, February 2011
While the courts now utilize the best interests of the children standard when determining custody, the age and sex of the children and the sex of the party can be a factor considered by the courts in determining custody. But to what extent and how much emphasis should the court place on this factor?
Property acquired in contemplation of marriage
, February 2010
In deciding whether property is marital or non-marital for purposes of allocation and division under the terms of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the statute itself is sometimes less than helpful.
Alimony in lieu of property
, June 2009
Especially with the United States economy as it is, lack of liquidity is a common reality; and, in some such cases, the would-be property transferor may prefer to draw on future income so as to effect a “buy-out” of marital property claims.
Strategic planning in divorce
Trusts and Estates
, April 2009
This article is designed to get estate planners on par with some of the thought processes and strategies used by matrimonial attorneys during this economic crisis.
Women and the Law
, January 2008
Discourage Litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser—in fees, expenses, and waste of time.
Contempt of Court: Is bad faith enough?
, September 2007
In many marital settlement agreements, the parties are required to engage in various complex acts in order to achieve the goals embodied in the agreement.
Retainers in dissolution of marriage actions
, July 2007
The recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling in Dowling v. Chicago Options Associates, Inc., et al., clarifies that attorneys have a third option when considering the type of written retainer agreement to enter into with a client.
The departed and divorced
Trusts and Estates
, March 2007
Which is legally more complicated, death during a divorce or death after a divorce?
Mediation of financial issues in divorce
, July 2005
The Illinois Supreme Court, on January 26, 2005, approved a program in the Eleventh Circuit for the mediation of financial and property issues in divorce cases (both pre-decree and post-decree) and family (paternity) cases.