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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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What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?

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Parental alienation syndrome is a growing concern paralleling the rise of divorce and children born out of wedlock over the past few decades. This relatively new phenomenon has spiked major disputes from both the legal and psychological communities as to how to identify and manage the condition. 

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is considered “brainwashing” because one parent will routinely talk about the other parent to the child in a derogatory manner to the point that the child begins to harbor the same beliefs. This manipulative behavior can be highly destructive and can cause long-term detriment to parent/child relationships. It can also have a negative impact on the child’s psychological development. read more

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Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody

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Sole custody in Illinois is generally defined as one parent being the primary decision maker for the minor child or children on the areas of: medical, education and religion. If you have sole custody, you most likely have the authority to make important decisions pertaining to your child’s life without having to consult with or obtain permission from the other parent. Joint custody in Illinois, on the other hand, provides both parents with decision making authority. As such, joint custody requires communication, collaboration, and compromise. read more

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