“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein.

“The rules of court we have promulgated are not aspirational. They are not suggestions. They have the force of law, and the presumption must be that they will be obeyed and enforced as written.” Bright v. Dicke, 652 N.E.2d 275 (1995)

“[E]veryone is presumed to know the law and ignorance of the law excuses no one” Jones v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 2013 IL App (1st) 122437

Mere contentions, without argument or citation of authority, do not merit consideration…and are waived” First National Bank of LaGrange v. Lowrey, 375 Ill. App. 3d 181, 207, 872 N.E.2d 447, 473 (2007)

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Modification of an order of protection in Illinois
Orders of Protection

How To Modify An Order Of Protection In Illinois

Petitions for orders of protection can be heard with only one person’s testimony. Furthermore, the standard of proof to grant an order of protection can be absurdly low, as only “abuse” in almost any form,

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Two different orders of protection in Illinois
Orders of Protection

Competing Orders Of Protection In Illinois

When two kids fight, the perpetrator kid will often claim that they had to abuse the other kid because of something the other kid did. As adults, scold the child by saying, “two wrongs don’t

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Child support orders from other countries in Illinois
Child Support

Foreign Child Support Orders In Illinois

People live all over the world…and sometimes they end up in Illinois. If parents were able to obtain a child support order in foreign country, that child support order may be enforced or even modified

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Child Representative Fees In An Illinois Divorce
Attorney's Fees

Guardian Ad Litem Fees In An Illinois Divorce

A family’s dynamics are simply too complicated for a judge to completely digest. Judges appoint Guardian Ad Litems (commonly referred to as a “GAL” )to investigate, report and offer recommendations on what the family should

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Illinois divorce and emergency orders of protection
Orders of Protection

Emergency Orders Of Protection In Illinois

Orders of protection are to prevent “abuse[] by a family or household member” 750 ILCS 60/201(a)(i) Family and household members are usually seen every day. So, when the abuse needs to stop…the abuse needs to

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Unwritten agreements in an Illinois court

Oral Agreements In An Illinois Divorce

The entire Illinois divorce process builds up to the final entry of a written Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage which incorporates other written agreements such as the Marital Settlement Agreement and the Allocation of Parenting

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Who gets the art in an Illinois divorce?
Marital Property

Valuing And Dividing Art In An Illinois Divorce

They say you should marry someone who you share common interests with. Those interests may be religion, sports, theater or just sex. Unfortunately, you cannot take any of these interests home and put them on

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