Not enough time with your kids this Christmas?

Many divorced or separated parents soon regret not addressing parenting time before the holidays. Often is the case that one parent or the other misses out on valuable holiday time with their children. This all too often happening is because many parents struggle to justify the cost and expense of custody litigation before the holiday […]

With the new tax bill – anticipate that men will sprint to the courthouse

It’s going to be interesting times in 2018 in divorce-land. The new tax law makes significant changes with the ability to deduct alimony payments. Alimony is also called spousal support or maintenance, and on the horizon, you will not be able to deduct those support payments from your income at tax time. Prior to President […]

Why are lawyer’s fees so high?

Many spouses seek my help only after incurring tens of thousands of dollars of attorneys’ fees. Many are amazed at the level of fees that they had occurred in such a small amount of time. Does it have to be this way? The down and dirty answer is: No. But it may help spouses to […]

How Divorce Laws Hurt You, even if you’re not interested.

Arizona law likes to taunt people that are not currently interested in a divorce.  Whether your single, recently married or are currently in a happy marriage, Arizona doesn’t care; you have to stay in tune with divorce laws even, if you think it doesn’t matter.  And here’s why: Diclaimer Deed. Many spouses don’t know about […]

Wrangling the uncooperative spouse

While many spouses have asked me about various types of grounds for a divorce, they were largely jilted spouses where cheating was involved in the marriage. Almost never had I witnessed a divorce completed on grounds other than no-fault (irreconcilable differences). And while many attorneys will claim adultery or mental cruelty on court documents, those […]

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. ┬áContinuing 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). ┬áTherefore, if a dependent […]