Bad Marriage Certificate

My Cook County Marriage Certificate Might Be Invalid. What Do I Do?

In Illinois there is a great deal of law as to what makes a marriage valid. 750 ILCS 200 et al. A marriage license must be applied for, a marriage must be solemnized and the marriage license must be recorded appropriately. It is exceptionally rare for a marriage conducted in Illinois to have its marriage…

texting your children

Practical Advice Concerning Telephone Contact With Your Children

In Illinois, the only law regarding telephone or electronic contact with children is the requirement that “provisions for communications, including electronic communications, with the child during the other parent’s parenting time,” 750 ILCS 602.10(e)(11), be included in the Parenting plan. There is, however, a longstanding tradition that whichever parent is not with the children that day…

Parental support

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

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 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…