Articles on Divorce

The Addition of ‘Necessary’ Third-Party Defendants in Dissolution Matters By Michael A. Haber & Jamie L. Ross Family Law, June 2021 Dissolution proceedings frequently involve determinations of the value and nature of assets that one party may hold jointly or severally with a person or entity that is not a party to the case.
An Overview of Islamic Marriage Contracts and Enforceability in Divorce Proceedings By Stephanie L. Tang Family Law, May 2021 How Islamic marriage contracts are handled in divorce proceedings in the U.S.
The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Announces Name Change to Collaborative Divorce Illinois (CDI) Alternative Dispute Resolution, October 2020 To better serve the divorcing public, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois is changing its name to Collaborative Divorce Illinois.
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Serving the Best Interests of a Child With Significant Developmental Delays By Margaret A. Bennett Family Law, May 2020 When representing the parent of a child with developmental delays, it is essential to consider the additional and complex issues that should be addressed as consideration in a memorandum of understanding, GAL report, allocation judgment, or marital settlement agreement.
Pro se may be a solution, but it’s also a symptom: A response to The Atlantic’s ‘The DIY Divorce’ By Michael G. Bergmann Family Law, March 2019 Why self-representation is not always the answer when people cannot afford legal representation in a divorce.
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Lawmakers consider custody laws in Illinois By Jacob Walls Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2018 Legislators recently addressed whether they will change Illinois’ divorce laws.
Personal goodwill: Can we limit the subjectivity? By James Arogeti, Tony Garvy, & Justin Pelock Family Law, April 2018 Because goodwill is a catch-all asset, the authors opine that identifiable intangible assets can be identified, valued, and classified as personal or enterprise assets.
Pet custody is coming to Illinois: Who will get Fido in the divorce? By Marie K. Sarantakis Animal Law, February 2018 Six out of every 10 U.S. households own a pet. Almost five out of 10 of married couples file for divorce. Consequently, it should be no surprise that a significant percentage of our population faces legal difficulties as to who will keep the family’s furry child when spouses move in to separate residences.
Estate planning during dissolution proceedings By Lauren Evans DeJong Trusts and Estates, January 2018 There is no limit to the estate planning vehicles that can be used during the pendency of dissolution proceedings.
Immigration support affidavit enforceable in divorce proceedings By Michael R. Lied International and Immigration Law, December 2017 A summary of In re: Marriage of Ashlyne and Vikash Kumar.
Doing the deed: Some property-related tips for divorcing couples By Adam B. Whiteman Family Law, November 2017 It is in the interests of both spouses to properly finalize property issues while the divorce proceeding is still pending.
Doing the deed: Some property-related tips for divorcing couples By Adam B. Whiteman Real Estate Law, November 2017 It is in the interests of both spouses to properly finalize property issues while the divorce proceeding is still pending.
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“Property plus” – A new well-being standard for the family pet in marriage dissolution proceedings By Alicia Hill Ruiz Animal Law, November 2017 On January 1, 2018, Illinois begins its work as the first state to mandate that in any allocation of a marital asset companion animal under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”), the court “...shall take into consideration the well-being of the companion animal.”
Stock options & restricted stock in divorce cases By Lisa Nyuli Family Law, September 2017 An overview of important issues when a party has stock options.
To disgorge or not to disgorge? That is the question By Emily A. Hansen Bench and Bar, September 2017 On September 20, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court will decide In Re the Marriage of Christine Goesel and Andrew Goesel, which will forever shape the future of interim fee awards in dissolution proceedings and will directly impact how divorce attorneys handle payments from their clients.
Estate planning during dissolution proceedings By Lauren Evans DeJong General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, August 2017 There is no limit to the estate planning vehicles that can be used during the pendency of dissolution proceedings.
Divorcing a narcissist By James M. Quigley & Jordan D. Rosenberg Family Law, April 2017 With greater knowledge into the mind of a narcissistic personality, you will have a better chance of mitigating the stress caused by irrational and abusive behavior.
When to award attorney fees in divorce cases according to the Illinois Supreme Court By Rachael Bernal Family Law, April 2017 In In re Heroy, the Illinois Supreme Court recently tackled the question of whether and when to award attorney fees in divorce cases.
Estate planning issues for divorced women By Sonia D. Coleman Women and the Law, February 2017 Even in circumstances where it is clear that divorce is the best option, it is still challenging emotionally, spiritually and financially. It is imperative for women, particularly women with assets, to seek the advice of experienced professionals for guidance through this life-changing experience.
Guiding clients through the battle: Answering questions that keep divorcing couples up at night By Heather Locus Family Law, February 2017 By considering your client's foremost concerns, you'll be more compassionate and you may be able to better help them navigate their new reality.
An interview with celebrity divorce attorney Randall Kessler By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, February 2017 During Kessler’s latest visit to Chicago, he met with ISBA Young Lawyers Division member Marie Sarantakis for the following one-on-one interview.
Division of retirement assets series, part II: Issues affecting QILDROs By Veronica A. Silva Employee Benefits, December 2016 The second in a three-part series dedicated to discussing divisions of retirement plan benefits.
Division of retirement assets series, part II: Issues affecting QILDROs By Veronica A. Silva Family Law, November 2016 The second in a three-part series dedicated to discussing divisions of retirement plan benefits.
Division of retirement assets series, Part I: Marital vs. non-marital – Don’t mix them up! By Veronica A. Silva Employee Benefits, October 2016 The first in a three-part series dedicated to discussing divisions of retirement plan benefits.
New study finds seasonal increases in divorce By Michele M. Jochner Family Law, October 2016 A recent study conducted by sociologists at the University of Washington has revealed a fall seasonal occurrence: an increase in filings for divorce.
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Parties must now file parenting plans even in the slightest modification proceedings By Michael M. Shemkus Family Law, October 2016 Recent revisions to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Illinois Supreme Court Rules now require that a statutory parenting plan be filed even for the most minor of changes to an allocation judgment, with the potential of causing unneeded confusion and hostility between parties.
Division of retirement assets series, Part I: Marital vs. non-marital – Don’t mix them up! By Veronica A. Silva Family Law, September 2016 The first in a three-part series dedicated to discussing divisions of retirement plan benefits.
Is it too soon to tell? What should happen to cryopreserved embryos in dissolution of marriage/separation cases By Raquel V. Chavez Family Law, September 2016 IVF and the legal implications that come with it are still new and changing quickly.
In a divorce, Illinois courts have no authority to order pet “visitation” By Michele M. Jochner Animal Law, May 2016 In the first case of its kind in Illinois, the First District Appellate Court has ruled that courts have no authority to enter an order requiring that a soon-to-be ex-spouse have “visitation” rights with pets.
Why the date we file a petition for dissolution of marriage just became Important By Staci Balbirer Family Law, May 2016 Clients need to understand that there can be a financially beneficial time to file for divorce, or to the contrary, to stay married.

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