Section Newsletter Articles on Divorce
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.
Divorce among professional women
Women and the Law
, April 2011
Not only are professional women more likely to get divorced, but the number of women paying alimony has almost doubled since the late 90s. Here are some tips to help protect yourself in the event of a 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.