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Protecting Yourself in an Abusive Relationship

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The problem is far more prevalent that most American’s realize. The statistics reveal that a woman is 85% more likely to be the victim of domestic violence, with only 15% of cases involving male victims every year in the United States. In fact the statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience an instance […]


Divorcing a Narcissist: What You Need to Know

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No divorce is ever easy. The entire process of ending a marriage can be traumatizing for one or both parties involved and the circumstances and reasons for dissolving a marriage are unique. Very rarely in the case of divorce do both parties wish to see the relationship end; when one partner wants the divorce and […]


Things to Keep in Mind before Discussing Alimony

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Despite best intentions, not all marriages last forever. And coming to an individual or mutual decision to end the marriage is a difficult journey for both spouses. Divorce dredges up feelings of anger, disappointment, sadness, regret and even resentment. Whether one or both spouses wish to dissolve the marriage, it is hard choice and what […]


What You Need to Know about Negotiating for Child Custody

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A divorce is never a part of an ideal circumstance. It is, in fact, the opposite. The effects of a divorce and child custody fight can leave you reeling under stress and financial strains for a long time. This bitter battle is even harder on the children, if they’re involved. While child custody isn’t complicated […]


Why You Should Hire a Family Law Attorney

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No marriage comes with a guarantee of success. The hard reality is that, sometimes, marriages do fail. Irrespective of how much in love you were at the time you got married, circumstances and people can change with time, only to make you realize that you no longer want to be associated with each other. While […]


The Top Dos and Don’ts of the Divorce Process

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It is said the marriages are made in heaven. Divorces, on the other hand, can be arranged on earth. Marriage is regarded as a sacred institution. And sacred it is, until both the partners decide that they can no longer co-exist peacefully as long as the marital knot binds them together. An amicable divorce is […]


A Divorce Can Happen To Anyone – Do Not Be Ashamed

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What do celebrity couples like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; Madonna and Sean Penn; and Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley have in common? They were all once happily married till divorce came along. But divorce is not a Hollywood phenomenon. US Census estimates fifty percent of all couples end up in divorce. This is […]


Child Custody Considerations

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As a couple experiences the process of divorce, a lot of anxiety can be burdened on their children. No matter what is said or done throughout the divorce proceedings, one thing is absolutely clear: the children require the highest level of support and care available to them. A separation is a big deal to a […]


VISITATION WITH UNRELATED CHILDREN 750 ILCS 5/607

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In Illinois, visitation rights with children of married and unmarried parents is governed by 750 ILCS 5/607, and it is established using a “best interests” standard.  A party seeking to restrict visitation must prove to the court that regular visitation would create a “serious endangerment” to the child. In a recent divorce case I represented […]


ESTABLISHING CHILD SUPPORT – 750 ILCS 5/505

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In Illinois the law under which child support is established is 750 ILCS 5/505.  It applies to children of married parents (pursuant to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act) as well as to children of parents who never married (ie:  parentage cases pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984).  In both circumstances […]