“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 Division

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1st amendment right to post on social media.
Illinois Law

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Judicial Admissions In An Illinois Divorce

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Orders of Protection

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Prenuptial Agreements

Breaching A Prenuptial Agreement In Illinois

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Motion To Clarify In An Illinois Divorce
Illinois Law

Motions To Clarify In An Illinois Divorce

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Drafting Considerations

Parol Evidence And Divorce In Illinois

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