What Do I Need To Prove To Get A Divorce in Chicago, Illinois? Do I Need To Prove An Affair? Do I Need To Prove Abuse?

Starting from January 1, 2016, Illinois joined a majority of states in the USA in eliminating all the fault-based grounds for divorce. This was done through Public Act 99-90 that removed all fault-based grounds for divorce and the only ground remaining that a party can allege is known as irreconcilable differences. Prior to January 1,…

In Chicago, Illinois, Can I Make An Out Of Court Deal With My Ex?

In Chicago, Illinois, the general rule is that courts have the exclusive authority to modify child support and are not bound by the parties’ agreements concerning child support. Blisset v. Blisset, 123 Ill. 2d 161, 167 (1988). In Blisset, Illinois’ supreme court held an out of court agreement to waive child support in exchange for…

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…

I have an agreement with my spouse. Is that enforceable in a Chicago, Illinois court?

ATTENTION:  There is new case law since I wrote this that may effect any Chicago, Illinois out-of-court agreements.  Learn more here. Typically, all agreements in the context of a divorce or parentage case must be entered with the court as an agreed order.  This memorializes the agreement and gives the agreement the court’s “stamp of…

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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?…

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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…