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Parents but not romantic partners: What can you expect from your ex?

You don't really know someone, the noted screenwriter Nora Ephron once said, until you get divorced from them.

At first, this may sound like an overly glib line. It could be from a darkly comic movie much darker in tone than such Efron-scripted hits as When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle. But when you have to continue to relate to your ex because of your kids, a lot is riding on who that person is and how they respond to the divorce.

What can you expect from your spouse, as you continue to be parents together while no longer being romantic partners?

Does the Bezos "Amazon" divorce have any takeaways in the real world?

Consider this number for a moment: 137,000,000,000.

When prefaced with a dollar sign, that is the amount that family law commentators underscore in what seems a fair bet for the priciest divorce in history.

Spotlighting grandparents' rights in Illinois

Happily for most grandparents in Illinois and elsewhere, their children with kids value the input of mom and dad on matters relevant to child-rearing and related issues. A large-scale national survey of young parents flatly indicates that grandparents are among "the most trusted sources" of parenting advice.

That is not always the case, though. In fact, family dislocation - owing to any number of factors, ranging from divorce and alleged abuse to drug/alcohol addiction and accusations of unfitness - can soil intergenerational relations and create conflict between grandparents and their children. In some instances, grandparents who once had liberal visitation rights or are currently seeking to spend time with their grandchildren can be shut out.

Couple's high-asset divorce notable, but also generally instructive

Some divorces in Illinois and elsewhere can be settled relatively easily, with a judge's written decision being set forth in quite summary fashion. Other outcomes are a bit lengthier.

Like 64 pages.

Spotlight on alimony for some IL couples as New Year approaches

Spousal support in a divorce is judicially considered on a case-by-case basis. We note on our website at The Law Office of Jamie Mitchell that an Illinois court's consideration of alimony is pursuant to a two-step process.

A judge will initially evaluate whether support is appropriate in a given matter. If that is deemed the case, focus will then turn to consideration of the proper amount to be awarded.

Updating Your Estate Planning Documents After Separation or Divorce: 3 Things To Know

All marriages end, either by death or by divorce. Whether you are married, separated or recently divorced, this inescapable fact has consequences for your estate plan.

For a married couple, each partner's will and other estate arrangements are often intimately tied to the other's. When separation or divorce enters the picture, however, it is time to review and revise those arrangements in the light of a very different future.

Here are three things to be aware of as you go about that process.

Sentencing outcome underscores seriousness of hiding marital assets

We note an obvious point on our website at the Illinois Law Office of Jamie Mitchell, LLC, where our attorneys have over a decade of experience counseling and diligently representing valued family law clients.

That is this: "Divorce can bring with it significant financial challenges."

A family law acronym with relevance for some: What is the SCRA?

We make a prominent military-specific observation linked with divorce on our Illinois family law website at The Law Office of Jamie Mitchell, LLC.

And that is this: "When a military marriage falters, several aspects of service life can affect how divorce proceedings are initiated and resolved."

Getting to the heart of what a prenuptial agreement is - and isn't

"Why would someone want to sign a legal document sealing their fate to get divorced?"

That is a question pointedly asked at the outset of a recent article spotlighting prenuptial agreements. The gist of that piece clearly stresses that, in fact, prenups have no close bearing at all on subsequent marriage life or as a barometer of marital behavior.

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