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How to File for Divorce in Illinois


The decision to file for divorce is often one of the most difficult decisions in one’s life. Filing for divorce can be time consuming, costly, and complex. For these reasons as well as others, it is crucial that anyone considering ending their marriage be sure a divorce is what they truly want.

Once you are 100% certain you are ready to file for divorce, you will need to evaluate whether you want to hire counsel or attempt to navigate the process on your own.  Generally, there are several main steps that will need to taken in order to dissolve a marriage. read more

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

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If there is one question that those embarking on a divorce are sure to ask their lawyer, you can bet the question is: How long does it take to get a divorce? Understandably, parties going through a divorce are always concerned about how long their case will last for many reasons, whether it be because of the impact on their children, the cost of the process, or planning the potential move from a residence.

When asked how long does it take to get a divorce, I always explain that unfortunately there is not a clear and concise answer I can give. Divorce can be over and done in a week and divorces can go on for many years. It all depends on the situation at hand and every case is different. What I can tell my clients is that there are numerous factors that will impact the time your divorce will take. read more

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Understanding Child Support in Illinois

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Most of you are likely familiar with the saying, “It takes two to tango.”   This phrase can have many meanings, but it essentially means that two people are typically responsible for a particular action or result. This saying is often heard when stating that is takes 2 people to bring a child into the world. In the realm of child support, both parents of a child are legally required to financially support their child, regardless of their relationship once the child is born.  Child support in Illinois is typically straight-forward when it comes to establishing the amount of child support that a non-custodial parent must provide to ensure the is child properly supported. read more

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The Discovery Process in Divorce and Parentage Cases

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A look in the Discovery Process…

A major component of litigation is the discovery process. This article is a guide to the basics of navigating through a process that oftentimes is the most time-consuming, most expensive, and most informational aspect of a case. In both parentage and divorce cases, the discovery of the other party’s income, assets, and liabilities is a crucial part of evaluating one’s case, preparing for hearings and trials, and being prepared for settlement discussions. read more

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