“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)

“If a party does not offer any argument or meaningful authority in support of an argument, the argument is forfeited. ” Abbinanti v. Presence Cent. & Suburban Hosps. Network, No. 2-21-0763, 8 (Ill. App. Ct. 2021)

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Property in receivership in an Illinois divorce
Illinois Law

Receivership And Divorce In Illinois

In the movie “The Dark Knight” Batman’s loyal butler, Alfred, remarks that The Joker is inscrutable “because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with.

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Broken Promises In An Illinois Divorce
Illinois Law

Promises And Divorce In Illinois

In the course of a relationship, people make a lot of promises. When those promises go consistently unfulfilled, the disappointed party files for divorce and all promises are cast to the wind (including “until death

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How romantic must a dating relationship be in order to get an order of protection in Illinois?
Orders of Protection

Dating Relationships And Orders Of Protection In Illinois

Orders of protection are not for everyone. Specifically, orders of protection are for people who had an intimate bond with their abuser. The protections afforded under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act are so powerful because

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Limited Scope depositions in an Illinois divorce

Limited Scope Depositions In An Illinois Divorce

Almost anything is allowed to be asked in a deposition. You could ask a deponent “what color underwear are you wearing?” There are no questions provided for the deposition provided in advance. Everything is a

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How does separation impact an Illinois divorce?

Physical Separation And Divorce In Illinois

Divorce does not happen quickly. Usually there are a few months to a few years between breaking up with a spouse (usually moving out and living apart) and finally being divorced. We politely refer to

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Unemployment and maintenance in Illinois divorce

Temporary Job Loss And Maintenance In Illinois

People conveniently lose their jobs when they have to pay maintenance pursuant to an Illinois divorce order. While unlucky in their profession, they presume they will be lucky in court when they file a motion

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Waiver defense in an Illinois divorce

Waiver In An Illinois Divorce

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Bankrupty and divorce in Illinois
Marital Property

When Your Spouse Files For Bankruptcy In Illinois

Divorce and bankruptcy seem to go together. If you are throwing away your personal life, why not also throw away your professional life? Promises, after all, are made to be broken. How Bankruptcy Works “The

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Franchise Business and divorce in Illinois
Marital Property

Franchise Businesses In An Illinois Divorce

Whether it is McDonald’s, Jiffy Lubes or Verizon stores, Americans love a trusted brand. All of us enjoy the promise of consistent quality a branded business provides…even if we have never used that particular location

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Fixed costs for order violations in an Illinois divorce.
Drafting Considerations

Liquidated Damages In An Illinois Divorce

People who get divorced both know each other and hate each other. The clever soon-to-be divorcee will enjoy putting a clause in their Marital Settlement Agreement which they know their soon-to-be former spouse cannot resist

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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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