Divorces involving spouses in foreign countries often complicated

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Most Chicago area residents who have been through a divorce with a spouse residing in the area would agree that it is rarely an easy venture. Imagine then, just how complicated things can be when one of the spouses is a citizen of, and lives in, another country. When the marriage has not produced any children, the split is usually fairly straightforward. When children are involved however, by far, the most contentious issue for couplesContinue reading

Will divorce television program be a hit?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, October 26, 2012. Seemingly every time one turns on the television set there is a new reality show on the air. The latest that could be coming to Chicago TVs is one revolving around divorce. Dubbed “The Divorce Hotel”, its pilot has been green lighted by Fox. The concept behind the reality program is that couples who are seeking to part check in to a fancy hotel for a weekend. When they checkout, in addition to their luggage, theyContinue reading

Divorce and custody battle involving NBA superstar continues

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. A divorce in Chicago between a star professional athlete with a world championship ring, along with an Olympic gold medal, and his wife would be news. The fact that the divorce and custody battle are the most contentious in the area in years is making headlines. For the first time, the former wife of the player, Dwyane Wade, is forthcoming with her side of the unfortunate story. The husband and star player takes his roleContinue reading

Illinois guardians can now initiate divorce for mentally disabled

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, October 19, 2012. Illinois residents with mental disabilities received a new freedom recently. Until earlier this month, people with mental disabilities who have a guardian could not file for divorce. The only way a person in this situation could get a divorce is if the spouse filed for the divorce. The new law will likely benefit many people, who until now, may have been trapped in abusive marriages. For instance, say a couple gets married and then later on oneContinue reading

Modern divorce going electronic with spy gear

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Some participants in divorce actions may be increasing the already-high trauma level by employing high tech spying devices. Divorce and high tech are not necessarily a perfect match in Chicago or anywhere else. Using electronic spy gear to collect “evidence” of an affair or similar transgression is not legal in many jurisdictions. Take the case of a Minnesota man, who installed spy apps on his spouse’s cell phone and computer, while also attaching a GPS deviceContinue reading

Baby boomers lead the way in divorces today

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, October 12, 2012. Many of the posts we write focus on family law and divorce matters that pertain to young couples breaking up. For these couples matters such as child support and custody are often the first priorities. The reality however is that couples of all ages decide to call it quits throughout the Chicago area on a regular basis. In fact, today, baby boomers are divorcing in record numbers. Over the course of the past 20 years theContinue reading

Prenuptial agreements may or may not be enforceable

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Each year, countless numbers of couples throughout the Chicago area decide to marry. In some of these situations, to safeguard assets and property brought to the marriage, couples decide to sign prenuptial agreements. This is particularly true when the ensuing marriage is considered to be one of high-net-worth. Prenuptial agreements are designed to outline the division of assets should the marriage being entered into, fail. In some cases alimony and child support are addressed as well.Continue reading

R & B singer Usher awarded custody of children

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Friday, October 5, 2012. Anytime a couple in the Chicago area ends a relationship there are certain matters that need to be determined. The two largest issues for most are matters regarding money and children. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are often the most contentious as well. In the best cases, when a relationship ends, the splitting couple is able to work through the issues to reach an agreement without having to seek assistance from a judge. Unfortunately, this isContinue reading

Paternity truth costs divorced mother thousands

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Within a marriage and a supposed family unit, many assume that trust and honesty are natural components. But as many eventually learn, lies can plague a marriage and set false beliefs regarding parentage. This is true in Chicago and within families across the globe, including a family down South. The idea of high school sweethearts is a cherished one. There’s nothing quite as romantic as two people finding each other early in life and justContinue reading

Could the division of household labor lead to divorce?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. In recent years there has been much discussion in Chicago and beyond about how marriages are strengthened by couples sharing the responsibility of housework. If couples in the United States are anything like those in Norway, the sharing of housework could have the opposite of the desired result. Information collected from Norwegian couples in 2007 and 2008 found that couples broke down household chores this way: 25 percent shared the housework equally 71 percent of theContinue reading