In Chicago, Illinois, Can I Make An Out Of Court Deal With My Ex?

In Chicago, Illinois, the general rule is that courts have the exclusive authority to modify child support and are not bound by the parties’ agreements concerning child support. Blisset v. Blisset, 123 Ill. 2d 161, 167 (1988). In Blisset, Illinois’ supreme court held an out of court agreement to waive child support in exchange for…

I used non-marital funds to purchase the family home in Chicago. Do I get those non-marital funds reimbursed?

In short, it depends how the family home was held. If the family home was held in your name exclusively and you used those non-marital funds (usually an inheritance) to pay the mortgage of the home, then you could have reasonable chain of title showing that this property was non-marital and remained non-marital because the…

Parental support

My Husband or Wife is supported by their parents. Does that effect my maintenance or child support in my Chicago divorce?

Often, during the pendency of a divorce the couple find themselves supporting two households and trying to maintain the standard of living for both of the households while having just one income.  In the absence of assets to live off, typically, this means the lower-earning spouse is relying on support from family. This support may…

In Chicago, Illinois, how can I change my parenting time or visitation?

If there is no previous Cook County court order you can file a Motion To Enter an Allocation of Parenting Responsibilities and Parenting Time. The court will consider what parenting time (formerly called visitation) you should be awarded based on the best interests of the child. In the case of modifying an existing order, I…