Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog

Divorcing a Violent or Dangerous Person

By Nottage and Ward on October 20, 2022

Divorce is difficult under any circumstances. When the person you are divorcing is violent or dangerous, it can be even more traumatic, particularly when children are involved. If your spouse has threatened to retaliate, you may be afraid to leave or file for divorce. Special preparations may be needed to exit the relationship safely.

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Posted in: Divorce

Settling Holiday Custody Disagreements

By Nottage and Ward on September 23, 2022

Most divorced or separated couples that share children with someone else would like to spend the holidays with their offspring but not with one another. This can be difficult for many divorcing families as they try to navigate the new landscape of their lives. For some kids, it may mean spending Christmas with one parent and New Year’s with the other. Others may alternate every year. No matter the situation, trying to make the holidays special for your children is essential, even if it means spending time with your children during the holidays at times other than on the actual holiday. Whatever you do, try to put your children’s needs first during this time.

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Posted in: Parenting Time

Divorcing a Narcissist

By Nottage and Ward on August 23, 2022

Narcissism is generally defined as a personality trait where a person has an inflated sense of their own importance, an intense desire for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. People who have narcissistic personality disorder tend to be very arrogant, haughty, and conceited with an over-inflated view of their own intelligence, attractiveness, or skills.

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Posted in: Divorce

Tips for Divorcing Parents of Schoolchildren

By Nottage and Ward on July 24, 2022

A divorce is complicated enough on its own, but even more is at stake when children are involved, especially if they are young schoolchildren. How the parents proceed can severely impact the child’s development and define the relationship the child has with their parents.

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Posted in: Divorce

What Are Marital Assets?

By Nottage and Ward on May 23, 2022

Experiencing a divorce can be a stressful, time-consuming affair and can cause much uncertainty as to which assets each party will keep. When going through divorce proceedings, Illinois courts will determine which assets are “marital assets” and divide them between the two parties as they see fit.

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Posted in: Divorce

Options for Divorcing Couples that Are Business Co-Owners

By Nottage and Ward on April 6, 2022

Illinois is not a community property state. When a couple divorces, marital assets are divided equitably – not necessarily equally. Determining what qualifies as marital assets and how it should be divided can be a complicated process. Divorce can be even more complex when both spouses are co-owners of a business. 

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How Social Media Can Affect Divorce Proceedings

By Nottage and Ward on March 1, 2022

For many people today, social media plays an important role in their lives. People of all ages stay in touch with family, friends, and networking connections through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn. In a divorce, however, it is important to know that social media is not your friend. If you use it at all, be very careful of what you post.

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Posted in: Divorce

Failure to Pay Child Support Could Cost You Your Illinois Professional License

By Nottage and Ward on February 1, 2022

State lawmakers in Illinois are committed to ensuring child support is paid as ordered. If a parent fails to provide the child support ordered by the court, the consequences can be very serious, including the loss of your professional license, which can be suspended after 30 days of delinquency. Once the parent receives a notice regarding overdue child support, 60 days are allowed to bring the account current. The delinquent parent also has rights and can request a hearing to contest the notice within 45 days of the notice of delinquency.

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Posted in: Child Support

The Future of Health Savings Accounts in an Illinois Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on January 3, 2022

A divorce can be one of life’s most stressful events. The former partners may be ready to move on with their lives, but the division of marital property must be resolved – including any funds in a Health Savings Account (HSA).

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Posted in: Divorce

Parental Disputes Over the COVID-19 Vaccine in IL

By Nottage and Ward on October 16, 2021

With the approval of the Pfizer vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages five and older, in addition to 12 to 17-year-olds. Disputes among divorced parents and co-parents are on the rise as to whether to have children vaccinated. Some parents are strongly opposed to having their children vaccinated, while others are all for it. Many parents feel there are too many unknowns about the COVID-19 vaccines and want to wait until there is more data about their safety and effectiveness to have their children vaccinated. Other parents feel not having the vaccine puts their children at risk of contracting the virus.

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Posted in: Child Allocation

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