Category Archives: Family Law
Challenging a Prenuptial Agreement
Prenuptial agreements, or simply “prenups,” are a common means of providing security for one’s assets before entering into a marriage. Many soon-to-be spouses find the topic of prenuptial agreements both emotionally challenging and complex. However, it is important for both parties to understand the stipulations of an agreement and the conditions under which the agreement could be considered invalid. If a couple signs a prenuptial agreement andContinue reading
Frequently Asked Questions About Legal Separation
It is not uncommon for people to use the word “separation” when referring to a stage in their divorce process, but very few people ever actually obtain a legal separation. What most people refer to as a separation is considered by Illinois law to be spouses who are simply “living separate and apart” and requires no legal action on the part of either party. A legalContinue reading
Same-Sex Couples Should Consider Prenuptial Agreements
Discussing a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse is difficult, no matter your circumstances. Nobody likes to discuss the potential end of their marriage before the marriage has even begun. While prenuptial agreements may be an uncomfortable topic to discuss with your future spouse, there are a number of situations, including the marriage of a same-sex couple, in which having a prenuptial agreement is extremely beneficial.Continue reading
Understanding the Family Law Umbrella
Whether you have been searching for information on filing for divorce, looking for assistance with child support, or trying to learn more about spousal maintenance and how it works, you have likely come across the term family law along the way. So, what does it mean, and what areas does it cover exactly? What Does Family Law Include? Also referred to as matrimonial law, family law includes everythingContinue reading
Family Law Appeals in Illinois
Sometimes, even with the best preparation you can lose your family law case. You may have gotten an unfavorable property division decision, or you may feel the judge made a mistake in setting the amount of the spousal maintenance or there may be some other problem. After the court has issued a final ruling, you may need to file an appeal to keep your case alive. WhatContinue reading
The Presumption of Paternity
While most people understand the importance of establishing paternity for unmarried parents, little thought is often given to the paternity of children born to a married couple. In a large majority of family situations, paternity will never be an issued for married parents, but there are some cases in which the presumptions made by law can actually complicate matters. If you find yourself in such aContinue reading
Infidelity and Divorce: My Spouse Cheated, What Now?
There are few things in the world more difficult to describe than the hurt of betrayal associated with infidelity. The trust that is destroyed as a result may take years to rebuild, if it can even be restored. For couples who are dating, an act of infidelity can easily end the relationship. For those who are married, a cheating spouse can certainly precipitate divorce, as theContinue reading
Will Your Marriage Beat the Odds?
Many people who are going through a divorce have a lot of “if only” statements–if only I did this differently, if only my spouse did more of this. The search to find the reason why the marriage did not work out is a common one, however, the answer of why is often a hard one to find. However, there are several signs that may indicate that the marriage wasContinue reading
Child Custody Modification: What Happens When a Parent is Convicted of DUI?
In the state of Illinois, if you are arrested and convicted for drunk driving, the consequences can be severe. Even a first offense drunk driving conviction not only results in a minimum of a year’s loss of license and heavy fine, but the guilty party can also face up to one year in jail. When people consider the consequences of drunk driving, one thing they oftenContinue reading