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October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Nottage and Ward on September 30, 2018

Victims of domestic violence understand that the physical and emotional trauma lasts long after the actual abuse has stopped. One of the greatest challenges is the lack of support from institutions such as law enforcement, society at large, and even friends and family members who don’t understand what it means to be a victim of assault.

October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month to change this.

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Posted in: Order of Protection

The Business of Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on September 10, 2018

This fictional scenario is one that Chicago couples face every day.

Tom used to take his wife Abby’s pork tamales to his office every Thursday. It didn’t take long before they were a big hit—not just in his office, but in the whole building. “We were going through so many that I had to charge for them and keep receipts. Abby and I thought, why not make a real business out of this? We could do the food truck thing. That’s what people do, right?”

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Posted in: Property Division

How Alienation Can Poison Parenting Time

By Nottage and Ward on August 24, 2018

In most divorces, there is one thing the couples have in common: pain. The divorcing couple has built a life together, and at one point, they loved each other. And now, as time has passed, that love has deteriorated into hard feelings or absence of feelings altogether. Often, the only thing holding the couple together is the child they share.

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Posted in: Child Allocation

A Divorce with No Name

By Nottage and Ward on July 31, 2018

What do former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Fox News television host Bill O’Reilly, actor Richard Gere, reality television star Bethenny Frankel, and a slew of millionaire celebrities all have in common?

They were each personally involved in what is called an anonymous divorce.

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Summer Meant Dill

By Nottage and Ward on July 15, 2018

This fictional story explores a common situation that many Illinois parents face. We encourage anyone with questions to contact a Chicago child allocation attorney.

Recently, we had another one of those Chicago weekends where it felt like summer would never quite arrive and chilly rainfall delayed the celebration for kids all over town, who couldn’t wait to tear off on a bike ride or go swimming with friends. This affected me personally as I saw my 8-year-old daughter—Erin—watch a puddle building in the yard just outside our living room window, her gloom accompanied by the thudding drip of the rain. Let me tell you, it was a sad sight.

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Posted in: Child Allocation

He Gave You a What?

By Nottage and Ward on June 30, 2018

The following is a fictional “what-if” scenario that many couples in Illinois may currently be dealing with.

It’s been almost a year and you couldn’t be happier with Mike. He’s charming, sweet, funny, has a good job, keeps a clean bathroom, actually gets along with your mom, and (let’s face it) he’s pretty easy on the eyes. You’ve sampled the dating pool and have come to the conclusion that Mike could be The One. All your friends agree that he’s definitely got The One material—even your mom thinks so!

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Divorce Tax Laws Are Changing

By Nottage and Ward on June 16, 2018

New changes to our federal tax laws that just passed Congress have profound implications for divorcing couples. If you are considering a divorce, you should definitely educate yourself on the new law to determine how it might influence your decision.

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Posted in: Maintenance

Sometimes, Divorce Is the Easier Option

By Nottage and Ward on May 26, 2018

As family law attorneys, we’ve seen people who go to great lengths to avoid divorce. And while there are good reasons for a couple to work through their problems and stay married, it’s also true that in many cases, divorce is in the best interests of everyone involved.

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Posted in: Divorce

Not Feeling the Love This Spring?

By Nottage and Ward on April 5, 2018

For many people, spring is about starting over again and getting your life in order, and that includes recommitting to serious relationships. For others, it means the opposite—time to change or end a relationship that only causes discontentment. But, if you don’t want to divorce, it may seem like there’s no way out of this tough situation.

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Posted in: Separation

New Illinois Law Addresses Pet Custody in a Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on March 1, 2018

We all know that issues relating to property division and child custody can be contentious in a separation or divorce, but what about pets? In the past, Illinois law has treated pets as property when dividing up assets. However, a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2018, allows a judge to take a pet’s well-being into consideration when allocating joint or sole custody of Spot or Puff.

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Posted in: Family Law

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