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“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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Criminal Order Of Protection
Orders of Protection

Criminal Orders Of Protection In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is contentious. Often, divorce so contentious that one party to the divorce requests that the other party no longer contact or communicate with them via an order of protection. There are two types of

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Maximum Child Support In Illinois
Child Support

What Is The Cap On Child Support In Illinois?

Whenever a celebrity’s child support amount is announced in the news, the child support always seems absurdly high. Kelly Clarkson pays her ex-husband $ 45,601 in child support. Nick Cannon pays $2.2 million dollars a

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Adult Child Sues Parent In Illinois
Illinois Law

Can A Child Sue A Parent In Illinois?

Divorces with children involve multiple parties: two parents and the children they birthed or adopted. The children in a family are affected by their parents’ actions. The children can seek justice in the courts just

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Curfew In Illinois
Parenting Time

When Is Curfew For Children In Illinois?

Curfew is “[a] regulation that forbids people (or certain classes of them, such as minors) from being outdoors or in vehicles at certain hours.” Black’s Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019) Like my mother always said, “Nothing good

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Illinois Lis Pendens
Illinois Law

Lis Pendens In An Illinois Divorce

People move a lot of money around during an Illinois divorce. Sometimes, parties to a divorce even move real estate around. It is not uncommon for a divorce litigant to suddenly sell real estate to

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Marital Assets In Illinois Divorce
Property Division

What Is Marital Property In An Illinois Divorce?

There are very few contested facts in an Illinois divorce. In fact, there are really only two sets of facts that matter, financially, in an Illinois divorce: the parties’ respective incomes and what assets will

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No-fault divorce in Illinois
Divorce

No-Fault Divorce In Illinois

Illinois divorce law is peppered with phrases that you kind-of/sort-of think you might already understand. “No-Fault Divorce” is one of those legal terms where you presume it means that neither spouse needs to show adultery,

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Self-Defense In An Illinois Order Of Protection
Orders of Protection

Self-Defense And Orders Of Protection In Illinois

Getting an order of protection in Illinois is not difficult. “A petition for an order of protection may be filed only: (i) by a person who has been abused by a family or household member” 750

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Fraudulent Transfer In An Illinois Divorce
Property Division

Fraudulent Conveyance In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is rarely a surprise. A person anticipating divorce will contemplate how their net worth will likely be reduced by half at the end of the divorce process. This potential loss of assets via divorce

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Reimbursement for overpayment of child support
Child Support

Overpayment Of Child Support In Illinois

When child support order is entered in Illinois, that order is either written on a self-composed order by child support receiver (or their attorney) or that child support order is the county’s Uniform Order For

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Children getting gifts in an Illinois divorce
Marital Property

Gifts To Children During An Illinois Divorce

A divorce with children often provokes selfless feelings by the parents. “So long as the kids are okay,” can quickly turn into, “So long as the kids get everything.” Parents can find themselves transferring marital

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Letters to judges in Illinois
Illinois Law

Can I Write A Letter To My Illinois Divorce Judge?

To the non-lawyer, litigation looks a lot like homework. In divorce litigation, you prepare paperwork, submit it to the judge, the judge reads the paperwork and then says “good job” or “sorry, I don’t agree.”

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