How should spousal maintenance be determined?

A somewhat older but nevertheless relevant article from the American Bar Association focuses on a topic that has constantly been debated among family law attorneys and divorcees. That topic is spousal maintenance or spousal support in Illinois, previously referred to...

5 ways social media can hurt your divorce

Going through divorce can be an isolating experience. Not only does it mean separating from your spouse and a good portion of the belongings you shared, it can mean losing time with your children. Sometimes, it even means losing friends and acquaintances. In moments...

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...

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,...

Do I really need a prenup?

“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...

I’m Divorced Now What???

If you’re recently divorced, you may be wondering what you need to do now. Last month, we talked about setting a vision for your post-divorce life. Check out our videos from last month here. This month, we’re focusing on the items that are most often forgotten or...