What kind of divorce lawyer do you want?

What kind of lawyer should I hire? (avoid the pitbull). Many spouses are faced with the decision as to what “kind” of lawyer to hire. Friends and family will typically offer referrals or what lawyer’s call “armchair” advice. Every spouse will receive from one source or another the encouragement to hire a “pit bull” lawyer. […]

Why divorce laws matter when you don’t want one.

I’ve had many discussions with people about divorce laws and how they work.  Many are surprised, if not shocked, that divorce laws are actually more designed for spouses that are not considering a divorce.  Wait, what?  That’s right.  Divorce laws were designed not so much for battling couples, but more so, to provide security to […]

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 […]

Thought your divorce lawyer keeps your secrets? Think again.

Of all things, spouses feel some sense in comfort that the secrets disclosed to their divorce attorney must be kept secret.  In the legal world, we call this privilege.  And while this is the general rule -no matter how scandalous the information, the rule is not absolute.  There are exceptions.   For example, at attorney […]

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 […]

Holiday visitation for divorced parents

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Sure, it was yesterday – but most of the country observes this special day on the Monday following.  There are few others that are treated this way.  Veteran’s Day, for me, also signals the start of the Christmas holiday season – though lets not forget Thanksgiving.  Many divorced spouses have a schedule […]