What is a Prenup?

What Is A Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

The term “pre-nup” is often part of pop culture’s nomenclature. We hear about it on television, we hear about celebrities and athletes entering into pre-nuptial agreements, and we hear about it in music. However, how does a pre-nuptial or premarital agreement actually work, and what is the legal reason people actually enter into pre-nuptial agreements?…

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…

Who Gets The Jewelry In An Illinois Divorce?

Jewelry is a peculiar asset: it’s value has to be estimated, it can often “disappear”, but most all it is usually a gift. In Illinois, the first step is determining whether the jewelry is marital property or not.  Section 750 ILCS 5/503(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act defines marital property as…

I have sole custody. Can I move the children wherever I want?

In Illinois, Sole allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as “sole custody”) allows a parent to be solely responsible for making decisions for a minor child. Statutorily, these decisions are broken down into four different areas, namely: Education, Religion, Medical, and Extra Curricular Activities. Generally, the parent who is allocated sole responsibility over these areas…

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…