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Does My Husband or Wife Have To Be Personally Served In My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

We’ve all seen the movies where a stranger nonchalantly hands a character some documents and quietly says, “You’ve been served.”  The character then looks at the papers with surprise and is completely devastated.  Because of scenes like this we dread the idea of serving someone or being served when all it is, is handing a…

Travel Outside Of The Country With Your Children After A Chicago, Illinois Divorce

In Illinois, throughout the divorce or parentage process the parties are required to exchange and submit parenting plans.  A parenting plan is “a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities, parenting time, or both.” 750 ILCS 5/600(f) The parties come to an agreement on the parenting plan or the court orders a parenting plan that…

I have an agreement with my spouse. Is that enforceable in a Chicago, Illinois court?

ATTENTION:  There is new case law since I wrote this that may effect any Chicago, Illinois out-of-court agreements.  Learn more here. Typically, all agreements in the context of a divorce or parentage case must be entered with the court as an agreed order.  This memorializes the agreement and gives the agreement the court’s “stamp of…

I Bought Something With My Spouse Using Non-marital Property. What Will Happen In My Chicago divorce?

In a Chicago, Illinois divorce, all property held by either of the two parties (or both) is either marital property or non-marital property. Marital property is divisible in the divorce proceedings while non-marital property stays with the person in possession or title of that property. The short rule of thumb is that if either party…

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…