The Difficult Spouse? I can kick them out?

Lawyers secret: Court’s are becoming less tolerant of removing a spouse from his or her home. There are two legal devices to remove your spouse from the marital home. The first of these options is bringing a motion for exclusive possession. The motion is the least aggressive legal maneuver a spouse can take, when attempting […]

Holding the line on Social Security Benefits

Illinois appellate courts continue to hold the line on how to treat Social Security Benefits paid to a dependent child.  Continuing a line of caselaw (common-law), a new case, In re the Marriage of Mitter held fast by noting that Social Security benefits are earned (much like other forms of income).  Therefore, if a dependent […]

Does your divorce lawyer have the heart?

If your superman seems to be lacking the “super” part, you may have joined the same club as thousands of other spouses with the wrong lawyer. Nearly a third of my clientele came to me after being disappointed with the lackluster approach of their prior attorney. Why are some lawyers just not cut for the […]

Using email service can save thousands in a divorce.

Well, things just got a bit easier in Illinois.  Effective January 1, 2013, Illinois Supreme Court Rule 11 now provides for email service of documents, where previously most lawyers (and spouses representing themselves) were stuck with snail-mail, faxes, or personal delivery.  What does this mean? It will save spouses a ton of money in administration […]

How much in Alimony, you wonder?

Alimony is now called “maintenance” in Illinois. Whether or not alimony will be a component in a divorce depends on a number of factors. Judges typically look a the incomes of the spouses, as well as, future earning potential of both spouses. The manner by which the assets will be allocated could also be an […]

When divorce is a passing thought

Of all the spouses that meet with me, talking with a divorce lawyer is the last thing they do when wanting to leave a spouse.  There’s all kinds of activity in their lives that precedes our meeting.  They talk to friends, start dating another, separate finances from their spouse, and even sell a home.  The […]

Flat fees and how they help in a divorce

Many spouses haven’t a clue as to what is a “flat fee.”  Having this information is very important.  If your plane is going down over the ocean, knowing everything about a flat fee will save you.  Well, not really.  But I think you know what I mean.  A flat fee is the cost of legal […]