In Chicago, Illinois, How Do I Live In The Same House As My Spouse During My Divorce?

Often clients first questions are “should I move out? If I move out won’t I be accused of abandoning the family or relinquishing my claims to the marital home?” In regards to children, parenting time and custody issues, moving out is a strategic decision that must be handled carefully. Especially with the disparities between Chicago…

What is a Prenup?

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

The term “pre-nup” is often 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, and what is the legal reason people actually enter into pre-nuptial agreements?…

Bad Marriage Certificate

My Cook County Marriage Certificate Might Be Invalid. What Do I Do?

In Illinois there is a great deal of law as to what makes a marriage valid. 750 ILCS 200 et al. A marriage license must be applied for, a marriage must be solemnized and the marriage license must be recorded appropriately. It is exceptionally rare for a marriage conducted in Illinois to have its marriage…

Parental support

My Husband or Wife is supported by their parents. Does that effect my maintenance or child support in my Chicago divorce?

Often, during the pendency of a divorce the couple find themselves supporting two households and trying to maintain the standard of living for both of the households while having just one income.  In the absence of assets to live off, typically, this means the lower-earning spouse is relying on support from family. This support may…

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. In Illinois, the first step is determining whether the jewelry is marital property or not.  Section 750 ILCS 5/503(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act defines marital property as…