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

This situation is extremely common for Chicago’s 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…

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…

I signed a Mahr and I’m getting divorced in Chicago, Illinois. Can I enforce the Mahr in court?

In Islam,a mahr (also transliterated mehir, mehr, meher, mehrieh or mahriyeh) is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, that legally becomes her property.  While the mahr is often money, it can also be anything agreed upon by the bride such…

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…