“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

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Order of Protection Abuse
Orders of Protection

Abuse Of Orders Of Protection In Illinois

People who get divorced get in fights. It is not unusual for a fight between a married couple to result in one spouse filing a Petition For An Order of Protection against the other spouse.

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Illinois divorce and wills

Wills After A Divorce In Illinois

Your wedding vows probably included the words “until death do us part.” Even if you get divorced, your relationship with your ex-spouse may not truly end until one of you dies. What is the effect

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Paid Time Off In An Illinois Divorce
Marital Property

Vacation And Sick Days In An Illinois Divorce

People get paid all sorts of ways. Employees get paystubs, benefits, and per diem accounts. Employees even get paid for NOT working when they are paid for their accumulated vacation and sick days. For an

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Postnups in Illinois
Prenuptial Agreements

Postnuptial Agreements In Illinois

Divorce is terrible. Divorce changes everything in both parties’ lives and in their children’s lives. However, the status quo of living in misery and distrust cannot remain either. There must be some kind of half-measure,

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Forensic accounting in an Illinois divorce
Marital Property

Financial Experts In An Illinois Divorce

The cartoon character Scrooge McDuck would keep all his wealth in one place: a giant vault. Scrooge would then swim in the money he had amassed in order to count it. In real life, wealth

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Engagement Ring In Illinois Divorce
Marital Property

Who Gets The Engagement Ring In Illinois?

Traditionally, men ask women to marry them by buying them a diamond ring. The “rule” is that the diamond ring should be worth two months of the man’s salary. That is a lot of money.

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Embarrassing Divorce

How To Allege Embarrassing Facts In An Illinois Divorce

Getting divorced is not pretty. Usually someone in a divorce has done something really stupid, cruel or embarrassing. Even if the embarrassing behavior is exclusively your spouse’s actions, your spouse (and their behavior) is still

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Severing a divorce agreement in Illinois

Severability In An Illinois Divorce Agreement

Most divorces in Illinois are governed by one to three documents: a Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage, A Marital Settlement Agreement and/or an Allocation of Parenting Time and Parental Responsibilities. 95% of these final divorce

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Res Judicata defense in an Illinois divorce
Illinois Law

Res Judicata In An Illinois Divorce

After an Illinois divorce is over…it is not really over. Everything in a divorce order can be enforced later in the same Illinois divorce court. Additionally, virtually everything about a divorce order in Illinois can

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Grounds for divorce in Illinois

Irreconcilable Differences In An Illinois Divorce

In Illinois, there is only one grounds for divorce: irreconcilable differences. “The court shall enter a judgment of dissolution of marriage [upon] the making of the finding:…Irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the

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