“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

“Arguments without citation of authority are forfeited.” Porter v. Cub Cadet LLC, 2020 IL App (2d) 190823

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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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Stalking in An Illinois Divorce
Orders of Protection

Stalking And Divorce In Illinois

A divorce is the end of a relationship. For some people, the relationship is never over. The continuous contact with an ex-spouse can be described as stalking. What is stalking in an Illinois divorce? How

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Income increase and child support or alimony in Illinois

An Increase In Income After An Illinois Divorce

Whether the economy is booming, inflation is increasing or either former partner has devoted themselves to their job after their divorce…people’s incomes go up. Income is the determinator for both child support and maintenance in

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