Section Newsletter Articles on Divorce

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 and 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.
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.
The guardian’s role in maintaining and initiating dissolution proceedings By Sarah LeRose and Marisa Cipolla Trusts and Estates, March 2016 In 2015, the First District considered the issue of whether a non-guardian spouse has standing to participate at the best interests hearing to determine if dissolution of marriage is in the ward’s best interests.
In a divorce, Illinois courts have no authority to order pet “visitation” By Michele M. Jochner Family Law, March 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.
Disgorgement of fees ordered in In re Marriage of Squire By Michele M. Jochner Family Law, February 2016 In In re Marriage of Squire, the Appellate Court affirmed a disgorgement order requiring the wife’s attorneys to pay $60,000 to the husband’s attorneys, even though the wife had borrowed funds from her mother to pay her own fees, and the husband was gainfully employed.
A tale of two communities: Bringing pro bono collaborative law to Illinois National Guard veterans By Sandra Crawford Alternative Dispute Resolution, January 2016 The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Health & Disability Advocates of Warrior to Warrior have rolled out a pro bono program to bring the Collaborative Practice model of divorce dispute resolution to Illinois Army National Guard Veterans and their families.
A tale of two communities: Bringing pro bono collaborative law to Illinois National Guard veterans By Sandra Crawford Family Law, December 2015 The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Health & Disability Advocates of Warrior to Warrior have rolled out a pro bono program to bring the Collaborative Practice model of divorce dispute resolution to Illinois Army National Guard Veterans and their families.
Advance preparation helps minimize future risks to business owners in a divorce By Michele M. Jochner Family Law, November 2015 If a spouse acquires a business interest during the marriage, that interest will likely be characterized as a marital asset subject to equitable distribution at the time of the dissolution. If proper planning has not occurred, this turn of events can have a disastrous impact on all of the shareholders or partners, not limited only to the person getting a divorce.
A tale of two communities: Bringing pro bono collaborative law to Illinois National Guard veterans By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, November 2015 The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and the Health & Disability Advocates of Warrior to Warrior have rolled out a pro bono program to bring the Collaborative Practice model of divorce dispute resolution to Illinois Army National Guard Veterans and their families.
Appellate court affirms exclusion of subchapter S corporation retained earnings from majority shareholder’s child support calculation and describes relevant factors By Mary Anne Spellman Gerstner General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2015 In In re Marriage of Deepalakshmi Moorthy and Channa Mallik Arjuna, the Appellate Court affirmed exclusion of subchapter S corporation earnings from a majority shareholder’s income for purposes of child support, and articulated the relevant factors for consideration by the Court in its analysis.
The world keeps changing—Or does history repeat itself? By Carl R. Draper General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2015 A look at the recent developments regarding palimony.
Dividing railroad retirement benefits in divorce By Lisa M. Nyuli Family Law, August 2015 A look at the recent case of IRMO L. Bruce Frank and Shirley A. Frank.
Guard and Reserve pensions on the day of divorce: Part one By Mark E. Sullivan Family Law, May 2015 Answers to the most common questions regarding the pensions of National Guard and Reserve members.
Hidden money in military divorce cases By Mark E. Sullivan Family Law, April 2015 Questions and answers for those dealing in military divorces.
Maintenance in Illinois divorce litigation By Van-Lear Eckert 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.