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Are Twilight stars headed for custody battle over dog?

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Unmarried Couples on Friday, August 10, 2012. There was a time not so long ago in Chicago when matters of property division, child support and child custody would be limited to situations involving divorce. In today’s day in age however, when many couples have foregone marriage in exchange for living together, these situations arise much more frequently without accompanying a divorce. Fans of pop culture are likely aware of what is apparently the split of one of Hollywood’s most popular couples, KristenContinue reading

Get creative in crafting child custody agreements

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Many people throughout the nation likely believe the misconception that child custody arrangements are limited to the noncustodial parent having the child one night a week and every other weekend. Those in the Chicago area who have dealt with this matter know that this of course is not true. Parents who are interested in taking the time to work together in child custody matters understand that the scheduling possibilities are virtually endless. Holidays are often a pointContinue reading

Custody battle ends with mom’s death from cancer

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Friday, August 3, 2012. The child custody fight, but not the national sympathy, for a Chicago mother has ended with her death at the age of 38. She spent her remaining days with her children at her parents’ home, receiving hospice care. Her family, including her children, was at her side when she passed. Her case became a national cause célèbre when she lost child custody after her ex-husband convinced the court that she could no longer properly care for theContinue reading

Former NFL player’s child support matter settled

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Support on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. When a couple who has children together decides to end their relationship, working out matters regarding the kids such as child custody and child support can be trying. This is true regardless of whether the split involves a divorce or not. In Illinois, guidelines issued by the state are used to determine what level of support is appropriate. The guidelines take into account the expenses as well as the incomes of both parents to arriveContinue reading

Divorce as a career booster or career killer

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, July 27, 2012. Did you know that a painful divorce can accelerate your career? Are you aware that a contentious divorce can also prove to be a career killer? Family law attorneys and mediators in Chicago agree that either result may occur. Compounding the stress and trauma of a painful divorce, employers are often subpoenaed for records, interrogatories, depositions, or trial appearances. When this happens, you might helplessly watch your chances for promotion slipping away, along with your formerly advancingContinue reading

Vera Wang and husband decide to end marriage

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. In this day in age, the number of divorces being filed by individuals who are a part of the baby boomer generation is on the rise. Residents of Chicago may have been surprised to hear that earlier this month, a baby boomer, whose livelihood in part depends on people getting married, announced her separation from her husband of 23 years. The woman is none other than Vera Wang, among other things, wedding dress designer extraordinaire. WangContinue reading

Increased financial and emotional pain with second divorces

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, July 20, 2012. Divorced residents of Chicago likely understand how traumatic the process can be. Contrary to the assumptions of those who’ve avoided the process, a second divorce is not any easier on the participants. There is evidence that the financial and emotional pain actually increases. Unless you adopt the approach of many celebrities, “keep doing it until you get it right,” the pain of your first divorce doesn’t serve as an aid should you face a second one. There are understandableContinue reading

Child support ordered in case of returned adopted Russian boy

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Family Law on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Each year, residents of the United States pursue international adoptions in an effort to fulfill their desire to be parents. These family law matters are usually joyous occasions where new families are formed. While as is the case in any family situation, issues can arise, they are usually dealt with and the family unit moves forward. Readers may remember a sad example of a failed adoption from a couple of years ago. The story made headlines inContinue reading

Divorcing parents might consider the collaborative approach

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, July 13, 2012. To many throughout the Chicago area, the first thought when the word divorce is uttered is that it is a long, acrimonious process. There is of course good reason for this assumption-for many it is the way the divorce unfolds. Of course, this is not the way it has to be. More and more today divorcing couples are choosing the route of collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce is the process of ending a marriage in a manner thatContinue reading

Divorce between Cruise and Holmes apparently settled

On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Last week we wrote about the pending divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. At that point in time it appeared to Chicago area residents, and others paying attention throughout the country, that each side was readying for a long hard battle, the centerpiece of which was most likely who would have custody of their 6-year-old daughter. In a testament to how quickly things in life can change, this week there is news that it may, forContinue reading