Hiding assets in divorce leads to expensive consequences

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. It is not unusual for people to feel strongly about the money they make, especially when they are in the middle of a divorce. For example, a Chicago husband may feel that he works hard, and that his wife is not entitled to his money. In order to try and assure that he keeps what’s his, he may overstate debts, report higher expenses or lower income than what he actually earns. While this scenario may seemContinue reading

With child custody, it matters where you live

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Monday, November 26, 2012. The world often seems smaller than it used to be. Various career or life changes can lead someone to want to make a big move. But when Halle Berry wanted to move to France to be with her fiancée, but the child custody arrangement she has led a judge to rule that her 4 year old daughter needs to stay closer to her father in Los Angeles. Berry believed her move should be allowed because it wouldContinue reading

Child support arrest warrants reflect child support delinquency

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Friday, November 23, 2012. Deadbeat dads and moms are increasing in Cook County, as county sheriffs are serving more arrest warrants. Neglecting child support payments in Chicago isn’t the only reason for these warrants, as when parents don’t show up for required DNA samples or “forgetting” to notify authorities of compensation increases. During the first week of November, 2012 alone child support arrest warrants were issued in Oak Forest, Homewood-Flossmoor, and two in Chicago Heights. These warrants represent over $180,000 inContinue reading

Settlement quickly reached in Maloof-Nassif divorce

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Another Real Housewives franchise marriage has officially ended, and once the process began, it proceeded to its end relatively quickly. The couple involved is Adrienne Maloof who starts on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and her husband, Paul Nassif, who is a plastic surgeon. The couple has three children together. The stage for this divorce was set this past summer after Nassif filed for legal separation from his wife of 10 years. Shortly after that filing things becameContinue reading

Pizza box pictures used to catch deadbeat dads

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Friday, November 16, 2012. In Chicago, it can sometimes be a challenge to get non-custodial parents to make their child support payments. Recently, lawmakers in Russia came up with an idea to track down those who don’t pay to support their children after a divorce. Print their picture on a pizza box. The idea actually comes from the U.S. One woman thought of the idea after realizing that ordering pizza was something the typical “deadbeat dad” might do, ratherContinue reading

First holidays after divorce offer challenges for parents

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Divorce is difficult for any Chicago family, but when the holidays come around it can be especially challenging. No matter what the circumstances were leading to the couple’s breakup it’s important to try and come together long enough to figure out how to help the kids make the best of the situation. In the best circumstances, newly divorced parents manage to still spend a holiday or two together for the sake of the kids. If youContinue reading

Occupy mom gets her own divorce bailout

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, November 9, 2012. A housewife, after abandoning her family to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, is involved in a divorce. She is trading custody of her four children in return for her own “bailout,” a large payout from her spouse. Ironically, she calls herself a “professional protestor,” but she’s not protesting her divorce and settlement. Property settlements and child custody orders, typically contentious divorce issues in Chicago and everywhere else, were not serious roadblocks in this case. TheContinue reading

Ex-NFL player and reality star settle child support issue

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Chicago area reality television fans and professional football fans alike may be aware of the divorce between “Real Housewives of Atlanta” personality and former NFL player Bob Whitfield. Issues regarding divorce agreements have played out over the course of the last few season of the reality program. Those matters appear to now be reaching the point of resolution. Recent reports indicate that the former football player has been ordered to pay he is ex atContinue reading

Economy affecting marriage, divorce and parenting

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, November 2, 2012. The global down economy, after damaging the financial well being of people and businesses around the world, is now affecting divorce in Chicago and everywhere else. While there is no hard statistical data to support this theory, marriage therapists and family law attorneys agree that it’s happening. Both groups have discovered that a growing number of couples, previously planning to divorce, are postponing their decisions because of unsettling financial situations. Specifically, the housing crash and its depressedContinue reading