Indian Divorce Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

There are over 100,000 Indian-Americans in the Chicagoland area. There are a smaller number of Pakistani and Bangladeshi-Americans in the Chicagoland area but all three groups are an expanding, vibrant and successful demographic.  Unfortunately, even South...

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Personal Injury And Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

Big changes in life can often be a trigger for a divorce.  There are fewer bigger changes than sustaining a significant personal injury and then receiving a subsequent settlement or award for that personal injury.  Often, this change in physical and financial...

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Unmarried Couples and Dividing Property In Illinois

People are getting married a lot less lately….or at least getting married a lot later. It’s not uncommon for unmarried couples to not only live together but to buy homes together.  What happens when an unmarried couple buys a property and then breaks up? Does either...

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How Do You Get Legally Separated in Chicago, Illinois?

Legal separation is a good scenario for conflict: not quite married, not quite divorced.  Not surprisingly, people are always getting legally separated on television because it adds conflict to a storyline. This leads the American public to believe that legal...

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Disqualifying a Divorce Lawyer in Illinois

Most people don’t know much about divorce before entering the process.  They hear from friends and relatives’ bits and pieces, almost always scandalous and dispiriting.  Then the rest they pick up from television and movies such as the ability to disqualify a divorce...

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Children’s Extracurricular Activities And Divorce

Children are expensive. Children need to be fed, clothed and cared for when they’re babies. Then when children get into school, they inevitably get into activities that require some kind of financial contribution from the parents. When the parents of the children are...

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Russell Knight Attends National Family Law Trial Institute

This past week, I spent 8 days in Houston, Texas, at the annual National Family Law Trial Institute's Regular Program. This was not a conference where you attend a few lectures and then spend the rest of the day at happy hour. This conference was 9 to 10 hours a day...

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Taxes and Divorce

Whenever money is being transferred there is a possibility of taxes.  Perhaps there is no bigger transfer than the transfer of assets and income during divorce.  Therefore, taxes and divorce must be considered together when negotiating and finalizing a dissolution of...

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Wills, Trusts and Divorce in Illinois

Estate planning is making preparations for the transfer of a person's wealth and assets after his or her death. Typically, this is done by setting up a will or a trust. People set up estate plans to benefit their loved ones especially their husbands and wives. But,...

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Illinois Divorce With A Child

Divorces are difficult wherever they are. An Illinois divorce with a child or with children is even more difficult.  I often tell clients who have no children or have grown children, “your divorce is automatically 75% easier than the average divorce with a child.” Is...

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What Happens To Foreign Property In A Divorce?

A married couple may be from a foreign country, have a foreign vacation property or habe simply diversified their investment portfolio by buying foreign property.  Property is still property no matter where it is located.  The question is "What happens to foreign...

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Common Law Marriage in Illinois

In the old days, folks would just get married in a church, jump a broom, or just start living together. Before 1905, people in Illinois did not have run down to the county clerk to register their marriage. Our forefathers would just say, “Well, we’ve been together for...

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Inheritance and Divorce in Illinois

Inheritance money is rarely given to a couple together.  Last wills and testaments almost always read “to my dear my son” not “to my dear son-in-law.”  So, when the deceased wished that a property go to a single person, that property should stay with the single...

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How To Value A House In a Divorce

For most divorcing couples the marital home is the most valuable asset they have.  If that house was purchased while the couple was married, the house is a marital asset and therefore divisible in a divorce. Even if the house was purchased before the marriage, if the...

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What Should Child Support Cover in Illinois?

Child support in Illinois is calculated based on a complicated formula where both parents’ incomes are used to calculate the non-custodial parent’s obligation to the custodial parent. This amount of money is then ordered to be paid by the non-custodial parent to the...

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Adultery And Divorce in Illinois

When a marriage breaks apart, it’s a horrible and painful process.  When adultery is the cause of the break up, it makes things even harder.  Beyond the mere hurt of being rejected for someone else, the betrayal and lack of trust after adultery makes everything about...

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What Are The Grounds For Divorce In Chicago, Illinois?

In the old days you couldn’t just ask for a divorce because you wanted one.  You needed “grounds” or a tangible reason to be divorced.  The grounds for divorce in Illinois would be adultery, desertion, imprisonment, etc.  This meant that you’d have to prove these...

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What Is A Parenting Coordinator In A Chicago Divorce?

A divorcing couple is inherently in a state of disagreement.  When the parties have children, the disputes between the couple can bleed into the temporary parenting arrangement.  Sometimes the dispute is so severe that the parents cannot even communicate in order to...

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Do I Have To Come To Court For My Chicago Divorce?

Yes. You have to come to court during your Chicago divorce.  At least once, if you’re both agreed, unless you’re the Respondent (the person who didn’t file) then you don't go to court, you just need to sign the final documents and the Petitioner will go to court.  If...

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Uncontested Divorce In Chicago, Illinois

Uncontested divorce in Chicago, Illinois is common and simple.  If you want a divorce and your spouse wants a divorce too then you do not need to go through the entire divorce process?  The formal service, the mediation, the exchange of documents and the trial can all...

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Gifts and Divorce In Illinois

When considering gifts and divorce in Illinois, we must first acknowledge that all of the property you have at the time of the divorce can be classified as either marital or non-marital for the purpose of division of assets. In short, marital property get divided and...

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How Can I Get Divorced Faster in Chicago, Illinois?

Divorces are stressful at best and awful at worst.  Often the only thing you can honestly hope for is that the divorce is over quickly.  People in Chicago facing divorce should be asking "How can I get divorced faster in Chicago, Illinois?" A divorce happens in...

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How Do I File An Emergency Motion in Chicago, Illinois?

Divorce and paternity cases seem to have a lot of emergencies that require the attention of the court, especially in Chicago, Illinois. So, How do you file an emergency motion in Chicago, Illinois? What Is A Motion? Typically, if two parties disagree about something...

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Reverse Mortgages and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

A reverse mortgage is a special financial instrument that functions a lot like a mortgage only (obviously) in reverse.  When a homeowner takes on a reverse mortgage, the homeowner gives the title to the financial institution.  In exchange, the financial institution...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 13: Millenium Park

This is number 13 in my series of things to do with kids if and when you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of things to do with your kids in a city that is not too...

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Can I Sell My House During My Chicago, Illinois, Divorce?

Owning a house is a big deal, financially.  So, what happens to your house during a divorce in Chicago, Illinois? Most people’s biggest asset is their house.  But, the marital home is typically held by two people as a couple together because, as a couple, they were...

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Divorce In Chicago

Looking into divorce in Chicago means learning about the rules that govern divorce in Chicago, Illinois. Divorce in Chicago is governed by a series of rules: The Illinois Complied Statutes, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, The Cook County Court Rules, case law and...

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Parenting Time And The Alcoholic Parent

Alcoholic parents make divorce and parenting time extremely challenging. 30% of American adults don’t drink at all.  Another 30% have less than one drink a week.  The top 10% of drinking Americans drink an average of 73.85 drinks a week. The second decile of drinkers...

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Can I Afford To Get Divorced?

Affordable divorce in Chicago, Illinois.  Is it possible? What does a divorce cost in Chicago, Illinois? You’ve spent years planning your life together.  All of your plans involved you both remaining together as a couple.  You got a house big enough for the two of...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 4: Pickle’s Playroom

This is number four in my series of things to do with children while you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of things to do with your kids in a city that isn’t set up for...

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What Happens If My Husband Or Wife Dies During My Divorce?

Divorces can take years and there is always the possibility that a party in a divorce case may die during the divorce.  This means the divorce will not be finalized and then the marital estate remains unsettled and undistributed. What happens when a husband or wife...

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Life Insurance and Divorce in Illinois

Life insurance is an insurance against a person’s life in that it pays out money upon the death of the person.  People typically purchase life insurance to support their family if, God forbid, they are no longer able to support their family due to death. What happens...

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How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

After the anxiety of “what will happen to me and my kids in my divorce?” the question of “how much will my divorce cost?” can be the next most worrisome question. After all, you will have read through the articles on my website and the websites of other lawyers about...

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Can I Put My Divorce On Hold In Chicago, Illinois?

Divorce is a process. Divorce is not a “never look back” decision. In fact, if you had children with your spouse your relationship will never be truly over.  You'll always be in each other's lives through your children's lives. So, divorce is a big deal but divorce...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 3: Chicago Children’s Museum

This is the third in my series about places to go when you have the kids in Chicago for the weekend, the day or just the afternoon.  There’s lots to do in Chicago but not a lot do with kids.  Hopefully, these articles will help you find a place to enjoy your quality...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 2: The Field Museum

This is part 2 in my series , Parenting Alone In Chicago. I like to write articles. Whether you’re divorced, separated, or just have the kids for the weekend.  I hope that I can help you plan some quality time that your kids and you will always remember as you learn...

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Bigamy and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

Black’s law dictionary defines bigamy as “the condition of having two wives or two husbands at the same time” In Illinois, bigamy is a crime whether you are the person that is married twice or you are one of the husbands and/or wives. “A person commits bigamy when...

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Social Security and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

Social Security and divorce have interesting effects on one another. Social Security is the United States’ federal government’s system for making regular payments to people if they are disabled and/or elderly. People who are getting divorced and also receiving a...

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Being A Spanish Speaking Lawyer In Chicago

I’m 6’2” and all my ancestors are from Great Britain. Actually, I'm Canadian by birth.  Yet, here I am, one of the Spanish speaking lawyers in Chicago. When I speak Spanish with a good accent (rolling Rs) people are often confused.  The best compliment I ever received...

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Bankruptcy and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

Whether you or your spouse have filed for bankruptcy and then divorce, or divorce and then bankruptcy, you'll need to know how bankruptcy and divorce affect each other. It’s important to understand that there are two types of personal bankruptcies because the impact...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 1: Lincoln Park Zoo

This article will be the first in a series of articles I will write about advice on how to parent in Chicago alone.  Whether you're divorced, separated or just have the kids alone for a weekend, constructive activities are an important way to turn your time with your...

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When Will My Chicago, Illinois Divorce be Truly Over?

As you might infer from the question, there is never a time your divorce case can truly be considered “over” or “finished”. Before we go onto why, let’s talk about divorce procedures briefly. Illinois law governs divorces in a section of the statute called the...

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What Are Sanctions In A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

According to the law.com legal dictionary, a sanction is defined as “a financial penalty imposed by a judge on a party or attorney for violation of a court rule, for receiving a special waiver of a rule, or as a fine for contempt of court. If a fine, the sanction may...

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How Do I Seal My Chicago, Illinois Divorce Court File?

Did you know that all of the filings in your Chicago, Illinois, divorce are accessible to the public? How do you keep your divorce file private? It's called sealing your divorce file. In Cook County, Illinois, (which includes Chicago) you can’t look at the documents...

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Limited Scope Appearances in Illinois Family Law Cases

Oftentimes, a Chicago, Illinois family law lawyer will suggest to his client that he or she provide a “limited scope appearance.” A limited scope appearance is exactly what it sounds like: an appearance by an attorney in a case for a very specific issue or hearing,...

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How Can Therapy Help With My Chicago Divorce?

Break ups are always hard, but breaking up from your spouse can be a particularly painful process. Not only are you separating apart from someone you’ve loved; you are also uplifting and recreating a whole new life for yourself.   Divorces are messy. They require...

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What Is A Pre-Nuptial Agreement in Chicago, Illinois?

The term “pre-nup” is part of pop culture’s nomenclature. We hear about it on television, we hear about celebrities and athletes entering into pre-nuptial agreements, and we hear about it in music. However, how does a pre-nuptial or premarital agreement actually work,...

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How Do I Deny Paternity In Chicago, Illinois?

We all know that to find out if a child is yours or not is simply a matter of taking a DNA test. But how do you establish that legally in Illinois that you are not the father? Or, more formally, how do you deny paternity in Chicago, Illinois? The first step is to...

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Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies And Divorce

In 2017 millions of people invested in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Millions of people also got divorced. Therefore, several Bitcoin owners got divorced and had to address the division of their marital assets…which included this new and strange asset which is...

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How Do I Get An Order Of Protection In Cook County?

Orders of protection in Cook County can be obtained either through the criminal courts or through the civil courts. A criminal order of protection is obtained through the underlying crime (usually assault or battery).  The state's attorney should provide you with the...

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Who Gets The Jewelry In A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

Jewelry is a peculiar asset: it’s value has to be estimated and it can often “disappear”. Most all, it is usually a gift.  But, who gets the jewelry in a Chicago, Illinois divorce? In Illinois, the first step is determining whether the jewelry is marital property or...

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Can I get my husband or wife deported?

As a Chicago attorney who speaks three languages, this issue comes up constantly.  Understandably upset clients believe they can solve all of their problems by having their spouse deported as well as divorced.  The reality is that it is extremely difficult to get the...

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Chicago Illinois Divorce Timeline

To start, one of the spouses hires a lawyer, who files a petition for them in court. This document states basic facts about the marriage. The spouse will be referred to as the petitioner for the rest of the case. The lawyer serves the other spouse with a summons to...

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How Can I Reduce My Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

Child support is always modifiable.  Once a child support payor understands that the next question is always "How can I reduce my child support?" In Chicago, Illinois, to obtain a reduction in his or her child support obligation, a parent must prove that there has...

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Illinois Divorce Law Is Changing Again

Illinois Family law is changing once again with the passage of public act 100-520. Some of the new changes include: 750 ILCS 5/21-103.5 now requires that any petition to change a child’s name require notification to a parent or any person who has been assigned...

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How Do I Calculate Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

How do I calculate child support in Chicago, Illinois? Effective July 1, 2017, courts in the State of Illinois implemented changes to how child support is to be calculated. Going forward, child support obligations will be calculated using something called the “Income...

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In What Court Houses Do We Practice Law?

I only practice Family Law and I only practice in Chicago, Cook County, IL.  Specifically, I will only handle cases in the Richard J. Daley Center at 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois.  This is the largest court building in the world.  Tens of thousands of family...

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Division of Martial Assets In a Chicago Divorce

One of the key functions of a divorce is the division of property acquired during the course of a marriage. Illinois is an ‘equitable division’ state, meaning the courts are inclined to divide all marital property equitably. This can be either 50/50, 60/40, or another...

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all the...

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Spousal Maintenance in Chicago Illinois

Spousal Maintenance is a monetary sum paid by one spouse for the benefit of the other spouse upon separation or the dissolution of marriage; also called “alimony” or “spousal support.” In determining how much one spouse will pay another spousal maintenance (formerly...

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What is Discovery in a Chicago, Illinois Divorce Case?

What is Discovery? Discovery is the process through which attorneys, prior to a trial, obtain information about a case they will be involved in. They usually do this through such actions as sending and receiving series of questions (called Interrogatories) and their...

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How to Use the Cook County Clerk Docket

Navigating any legal situation can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience and it can be difficult to keep track of important information such as the case number, upcoming court dates, and judge assignment. As a reference for participants and attorneys, the...

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Can my spouse see my text messages?

One of the newest technological advances of the 21st century is the ability to communicate quickly and effectively with one another via text. Text messaging is commonplace and often is preferred to talking directly on the phone. However, sending a text message creates...

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Can I Change My Judge in Cook County, Illinois?

In a contested Chicago divorce, a judge has enormous power your future and the future of your family.  Therefore, you're going to want to a judge who will fairly consider all the factors in your divorce case.  If you believe the judge you have cannot rule fairly you...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 17: Bad Axe Throwing

This is number 17 in my series of things to do with children if and while you’re parenting alone. Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of things to do with your kids in a city that isn’t set up...

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Parenting Alone in Chicago # 16: The Game Show Game Show

This is number 15 in my series of places, events and things to do with children while you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide in a city that isn’t set up for kids, Chicago....

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 15: Fox In A Box

This is number 15 in my series of things to do with children while you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of things to do with your kids in a city that isn’t set up for...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 14: Water Tower Place

This is # 14 in my series of articles that guide single parents on where to take their kids while parenting alone in Chicago.  You might be going through a divorce, considering a divorce or just have the kids for the weekend.  Either way, it's important to put being a...

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Parenting Alone in Chicago # 12: Adler Planetarium

This is number 12 in my series of things to do with children while you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of things to do with your kids in a city that wasn't designed for...

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Parenting Alone in Chicago # 11: Little Beans Cafe

This is number 11 in my series of articles about places you can go when you are parenting alone with your kids in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is famous for sports, restaurants and architecture but Chicago is not a very kid friendly city. I hope this series can be a...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 10: Shedd Aquarium

This is number 10 in my series of things to do with children while you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of things to do with your kids in a city that isn’t set up for...

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Parenting in Chicago Alone # 7: Morton Arboretum

This is number seven in my series of “Parenting Alone In Chicago.”  My hope is that my clients or my readers can use these posts as a list of places to enjoy with their children after their divorce, separation or even just a weekend where they have the kids by...

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 6: Maggie Daley Park

This is number six in my series of things to do with children while parenting alone.  Whether you're divorced, separated or just have the kids for the weekend, I hope these suggestions will help you make memories with your children.  I'm not just a lawyer, I'm also a...

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