Some marital assets are difficult to divide

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, September 28, 2012. Regardless of wealth, or the lack thereof, divorcing couples must agree to an equitable property division. Yet, at times, marital assets become difficult to divide fairly. They need some extra attention. Whether in Chicago, Los Angeles or the smallest town in Iowa, everyone can learn from the well-publicized case of the co-owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the impending divorce of the spousal co-owners of the Philadelphia Eagles. While most of us have more modest assets, theirContinue reading

You’re divorcing. Should you hire a divorce coach?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Once the realm of divorce lawyers only, today, throughout the country, more and more individuals are seeking the assistance of an army of individuals to assist with the dissolution of their marriage. Chicago is just one of the areas in which this occurring. While it is nothing new for someone divorcing to seek the assistance from other parties such as financial planners, the newest trend appears to be hiring a “divorce coach.” Individuals for whom thisContinue reading

Lavish divorce parties becoming more popular

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, September 21, 2012. Often the news that a couple is divorcing is met with sadness. While in many cases this is of course an appropriate response, for many, divorce provides the freedom needed to create a life full of the things previously missing. Individuals who view the process in this way are likely some of those partaking in the trend of being feted in a divorce shower. These parties, sometimes called “unbridled showers,” appear to fulfill two needs. TheContinue reading

Unmarried couples often face similar issues as those divorcing

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Unmarried Couples on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Now, more than ever, the determination of family law matters when an unmarried couple splits is common in Chicago as well as throughout the rest of the nation. While in the past issues such as the division of assets, child custody and child support, may have seemed to only pertain to divorcing couples, the prevalence of couples in long-term relationships, some producing children, without marriage has changed this. Accordingly, it isContinue reading

Supreme Court ruling on military divorce creates alimony precedent

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, September 14, 2012. State laws, including those of Illinois, vary when it comes to determining issues regarding divorce cases. For example, the amount of alimony one spouse may be entitled to collect after a divorce can vary greatly depending upon which state one lives in, and how the family courts in that state view alimony. However, it is important to remember that sometimes federal law can override state law when it comes to divorce issues. For example, back in 1989, theContinue reading

Demystifying child support

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Each day throughout the Chicago area couples decide to call it quits. When relationships that have produced children come to an end, regardless of whether or not a couple was ever married, one of the biggest issues can be the determination of child support. Courts in each state determine these payments a different way following the guidelines that have been adopted. This means that courts in Illinois may have a different way of determining theseContinue reading

Are child beauty pageants affecting child custody issues?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Friday, September 7, 2012. Might a cable TV show and child beauty pageants, in general, influence family court child custody decisions in Chicago? Those mothers, who are child pageant devotees, are monitoring a contentious custody case playing out in another state involving a young child appearing on the show “Toddlers & Tiaras.” The 6-year-old girl’s father is trying to wrestle custody from the youngster’s mother because of the “sexualization” involved in the beauty pageant arena. The family court judgeContinue reading