Emotional Abuse: how to cope

Emotional Abuse: how to cope

Many in Illinois suffer the quiet torment of emotional abuse. Admittedly, Illinois law often falls short of helping families and individuals enduring this painful experience. It is almost impossible to describe the fatigue that results from a “loved” one constantly putting a partner or child down. Yet, there are no external bruises – no outward marks. That is […]

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Terms in Family Law: What’s a VAP?

Terms in Family Law: What’s a VAP?

In Illinois, paternity is presumed under several circumstances, such as when a child is born into a marriage or the parents are married after the child’s birth and the father named on the birth certificate.  Parentage can also be established by consent of the parties with the signing of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity  or […]

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Divorce – why not to take your friends’ advice

Divorce – why not to take your friends’ advice

There’s one thing about divorce upon which nearly everyone can agree: it’s not easy.  Regardless of the situation, the dissolution of a relationship which was to have lasted forever is draining, so it’s only natural for those closest to us to offer support.    While the moral support of friends in divorce is indispensable, the same […]

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The Divorce Process – a quick overview

The Divorce Process – a quick overview

Every divorce has a beginning and an end.  Some marriages are successfully dissolved a mere weeks after the process is begun while others spend years winding through the courts.  While an experienced attorney may be able to give a fairly good prediction of the course a divorce might take and can be indispensable in obtaining […]

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Financial Inequality and Divorce

Financial Inequality and Divorce

It is not at all uncommon for the income of one spouse to outstrip that of another during the course of a marriage.  It may be because one has chosen to stay home and take care of the children or maintain the household while the other works.  Or, it may just be one party’s career […]

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Documents and Divorce – a guideline for preparation

Documents and Divorce – a guideline for preparation

One of the first questions most people ask at the start of any divorce proceedings is what will I need to bring in for our first meeting.  People get divorced for a variety of reasons, but the actual process of dissolution will almost without exception involve a discussion of finances and production of documents to […]

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