Who gets the pet?

One of these things is not like the other: Car, couch, painting, Golden Retriever. Which is it? The dog, of course. Unlike the others, the dog is a living, breathing, and feeling animal. And dogs—and other pets—can lead to some uniquely tricky and emotional arguments...

Is Divorce Mediation Ever a Bad Idea?

If you’ve decided to file for divorce, the chances are that you are now beset by stress and anxiety. Divorce is a complicated life event. There’s no way around that fact, but as you’ve studied your options to regain some hope and control, you might have read about...

How to Help Your Child Cope with Divorce

Every divorce has an emotional toll. Divorce is stressful and disruptive. It’s natural to come out of divorce full of anxiety, doubt, stress, and grief. It takes time to recover. And if you’re a parent, you’re responsible not only for your own healing, but for your...

How does alimony work in Illinois?

Parents make countless sacrifices for their children. Sometimes these sacrifices include their careers. These sacrifices aren’t always bitter. While you’re married, you may be happy to give up your job to stay home with your children and help them grow. But a divorce...

When divorced parents want to move

For divorced parents, moving means more than hiring movers or renting a U-Haul. Because your move might impact child custody, you can expect extra steps. For starters, the law explicitly recognizes a parent’s relocation as a “substantial change in circumstances.” This...

What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

Imagine five of the most deeply personal relationships and objects in your life. Now imagine you and your spouse start arguing about these things. Do you decide to take your argument to a stranger and let that stranger decide which of you is right? In many divorces,...