In Illinois, is property acquired after separation marital or non-marital property?

Parties almost always separate and begin pursuing separate lives before they even file for divorce.  Often, the parties will then believe that a “line in the sand” has been drawn where their earnings are no longer the property of their spouse as well. 750 ILCS 5/503 governs what happens with this property in a marriage…

My work schedule doesn’t allow me to have regular, specific time off. How will I see my children?

This situation is extremely common for firemen, police, and hospital workers.  Typically, some kind of letter is required from your employer outlining the conditions of your employment including the scheduling arrangement.  If your schedule is truly in constant flux, most parenting agreements include a notice provision to accommodate parenting time for the parent with the…

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all the terminology presumably so that parents would no longer feel unequal with emotionally charged terms…