More states move toward shared custody

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Chicago parents may be interested in proposed laws around the country that promote shared custody of children by divorcing parents. Many of the new laws would suggest or require judges to award equal custody between parents unless there is some compelling reason not to do so, such as a history of abuse by one parent. Advocates say that children benefit when they spend the same amount of time with each parent. Arkansas recently changed itsContinue reading

Is there a season for divorce?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Illinois residents know that January is filled with new beginnings and resolutions for the upcoming year. Some may call January “Divorce Month,” and according to some experts, it is the time in which many people decide to start researching their options. Visits to popular websites focusing on divorce peaked in January between 2008 and 2011. However, some studies indicate that many people wait until March before they make their final decisions. Another popular time for filing divorce isContinue reading

Plan ahead and protect your assets before divorce

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Family Law on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. When divorce is inevitable, it makes sense to consider financial planning for the ease and benefit of everyone affected. In Illinois, there are obvious economic issues to address like child support, spousal support, and property division, but in the event a divorce will not likely be amicable, it is important to take precautions to protect your assets. Before filing for divorce, take a deep breath, create a file from copies of your financial records goingContinue reading

Various real estate options exist for divorcing homeowners

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Sunday, January 12, 2014. When a Chicago-area couple undergoing divorce owns a home and struggles to divide assets, there are various ways to address this looming challenge. In many cases, it can make sense for one spouse to remain in the home while the other continues to pay his or her share of the mortgage. This may be a recommended scenario as a short or mid-term solution if a fixed mortgage is involved and moving elsewhere would be expensive. For thisContinue reading

Unwed father sues for wrongful adoption

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Unmarried Couples on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. A $130 million federal lawsuit recently filed by an unwed father offers inspiration for Illinois dads in similar situations. The plaintiff, a Utah man, is suing his son’s mother for allegedly placing their child for adoption without prior paternal knowledge or proper consent. He further alleges the agency and adoptive parents conspired in an “illegal” and deceitful infant adoption to “deprive” him of custody. Court papers indicate that the unmarried couple separated before the baby’sContinue reading

Teenage girl held in hospital custody for 10 months

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Chicago residents may be interested in an unusual case involving a teenage girl who has been held against her parents’ wishes in a children’s psychiatric unit for the past ten months. The child custody case began when the 15-year-old girl was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital in February with symptoms that were supposedly linked to a mitochondrial disease. She had been diagnosed with the disease by a doctor at Tufts Medical Center. The girl spent three daysContinue reading

What to know about liens and divorce

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Sometimes, when someone fails to pay debts, a lien is placed on a home to establish it as collateral as the debt collection is attempted. Chicago divorcees may be interested in the case of a woman who asked a debt advisor about removing a lien on the home she had previously shared with her ex-husband. The lien was placed because the woman’s ex-husband was behind in child support and alimony payments to his previous wife, andContinue reading