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How to File for an Order of Protection in Illinois

By Nottage and Ward on November 3, 2020

When we enter into a relationship, we do so with a sense of trust. We trust that our partners will not just be kind and respectful, but also offer us a safe place to relax and be vulnerable in. Unfortunately, there are some people who take advantage of that trust and vulnerability. If you are living with an abusive partner, then you need to find somewhere safe to say and then file an order of protection. Nothing is more important than your safety. Even if your partner tries to dissuade you from leaving and getting help, put yourself first and ask the court for the protection you are in dire need of.

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How to Stop Your Ex-Spouse From Moving Out of State With Your Child

By Nottage and Ward on October 12, 2020

Divorce can be difficult, especially when you have to share allocation of your child or children. But there is nothing more heart-wrenching than receiving a notice that your former spouse plans to move out of state and take your child with them. After getting such a notice, you may be panicking, wondering what on earth you can do to make sure you don’t lose your child. Well, never fear, there are several solutions that may work in your favor.

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The Danger of Parental Alienation

By Nottage and Ward on September 30, 2020

Parental alienation is not uncommon after a divorce or separation. In fact, you may have seen it depicted in countless TV shows and movies. Sadly, this form of toxic parenting can destroy a relationship between child and parent, as well as leave the child in a damaged state of mind for potentially their entire life. If you are worried that your former spouse is trying to alienate you from your child, then you need to take action.

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Posted in: Parenting Time

COVID-19 and Spousal Maintenance: When You Can No Longer Pay

By Nottage and Ward on August 31, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to rage across the United States, millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Without a form of employment, many are having difficulty paying rent, groceries, and utilities. When you have the extra costs of spousal maintenance thrown on top of that, it can seem impossible to keep your head above water. You shouldn’t give up hope, however.

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Posted in: Maintenance

How To Protect Your Child’s Inheritance From A Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on August 20, 2020

As a parent and grandparent, you want to make sure your children, grandchildren, and their descendants receive the inheritance they are due, based on your wishes. In many cases, this is as simple as willing your assets to them – but a will may not protect your children and grandchildren from losing a large portion of their inheritance in a divorce.

Thankfully, there are ways to plan an estate to provide maximum protection for your descendants in the case of divorce. While we always recommend you retain an experienced Chicago family law attorney, there are a few fundamental actions you can take to help protect the people you love.

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Posted in: Divorce

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and COVID-19

By Nottage and Ward on June 30, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads more and more, we have all naturally become concerned for our family and loved ones. This hold especially true for parents, who must now contend with having to work for financially support their children, while also having to do their best to provide adequate homeschooling while both public and private schools are closed.

The Stay At Home orders can make the allocation of parental responsibilities difficult and confusing to navigate for separated parents to navigate. What does your parenting time schedule look like now? What if your child’s other parent lives somewhere that is unsafe due to COVID-19? How do school closings impact parenting schedules?

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Posted in: Child Allocation

What Should I Include in my Prenuptial Agreement?

By Nottage and Ward on June 18, 2020

Prenuptial agreements, commonly known as prenups, have become more and more popular over the past few years. It is very common for young couples to enter into a prenuptial agreement before committing to marriage, so that both parties can be protected should the relationship end in divorce. These agreements are legal documents, and so should be looked over by an experienced family law lawyer before being signed. But it can be difficult to decide what is worth including and what is not. That is why we at Nottage and Ward, LLP have put together this brief guide for you.

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The History of No-Fault Divorce in Illinois

By Nottage and Ward on April 17, 2020

The first divorce laws in Illinois were passed in 1819. Abraham Lincoln represented more than 120 litigants in divorce cases in his 25 years of practice, a mostly unknown fact reported by researchers for the Lincoln Legal Papers project. The Illinois state legislature had given women the right to divorce earlier than many other states, and Abraham Lincoln served as their advocate. At that time, Illinois judges not only granted divorces to women but also awarded them custody of their children.

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Posted in: Divorce

COVID-19 Update: Nottage and Ward, LLP Continue to Work

By Nottage and Ward on April 7, 2020

We hope that everyone reading this blog post is in good health and is staying as safe as is currently possible. This pandemic has left all of us in a difficult position. We at Nottage and Ward, LLP will be working from home in an attempt to do our part to flatten the curve. However, that does not mean we have stopped focusing on our cases or our clients.

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When Does Legal Separation Become Divorce?

By Nottage and Ward on April 3, 2020

Spouses who are experiencing a rough patch may choose separate temporarily or even permanently if they feel that rough patch can’t be overcome. This may involve a trial separation, in which one spouse moves out but the legal rules of marriage continue to apply. Couples who are not ready for divorce may opt for a legal separation, which changes your legal status without dissolving the marriage.

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Posted in: Divorce

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