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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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Your Cheatin’ Heart and Lyin’ Eyes

By Nottage and Ward on January 31, 2018

Shock. Anger. Disgust. Weariness. Sadness. Loathing. So much pain.

Now, let’s go to court.

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It Almost Lasted Forever

By Nottage and Ward on January 14, 2018

Who can forget the powerful images of celebration on North Halstead Street, right here in Chicago, on June 26, 2015? That was the day when the United States Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage at a state level were unconstitutional. That ruling was the most significant legal victory for advocates of gay marriage in U.S. history.

But sadly, as with different-sex marriages, some of those relationships won’t last. According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, on average, 1.1% of same-sex couples dissolve their legal relationships each year. This rate is lower than the annual divorce rate for married different-sex couples (2%).

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Can Social Media Posts Affect Your Divorce Case?

By Nottage and Ward on December 29, 2017

Going through a divorce is almost always stressful and traumatic. But few people are aware how modern technology and the rise of social media platforms have complicated what was already a difficult ordeal. It is important to realize that your online footprint can adversely impact your divorce proceedings.

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The Complexities of Divorce and Mental Illness

By Nottage and Ward on December 16, 2017

Divorce, even under the best of circumstances, can be a traumatic experience. You will face emotional stress and fears regarding your future security. If you have children, you will rightfully worry about the impact a divorce will have on them. But if your spouse is suffering from mental illness of any kind, then the complications can be even more damaging—and might even prove dangerous.

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Here’s Why You Need a Forensic Accountant to Deal with Your Divorce Investments

By Nottage and Ward on August 26, 2016

Divorce: It’s that dreaded word that no one wants to hear, yet half of marriages today will experience it. Not only does divorce bring with it the emotional heartache and stress, but it comes with the overwhelming job of dividing up all assets between you and your spouse. This division of property can become especially complicated when you and your spouse shared investments. These can include your home, vacation properties, real estate, businesses or corporations, stocks, bonds, retirement plans, and any other financial investments you and your spouse made during the course of the marriage.

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FAQs About Same-Sex Divorce in Illinois

By Nottage and Ward on June 30, 2016

Divorce is certainly the last thing you think about when you and your spouse are exchanging vows. However, for whatever reasons, divorce happens. If you and your spouse have decided that divorce is the correct pathway for you, there are a few things that you’ll need to know about a same-sex divorce in Illinois.

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Domestic Partnership in Illinois

By Nottage and Ward on June 16, 2016

In the state of Illinois, a domestic partnership is defined as an arrangement between two committed adults who share the same residence. It is not considered a marriage, but it does offer many of the same legal benefits, especially in regards to insurance and tax regulations. If you are in a devoted relationship, but don’t want to consider marriage, read the following information to learn more about domestic partnerships.

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New Illinois Law Makes Major Changes to Divorce Process

By Nottage and Ward on February 23, 2016

In the new year, Illinois has made major changes to its divorce and family laws. For the first time in years, Illinois has updated its Dissolution of Marriage Act, changing the way the state handles divorces.

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Chicago Divorce Inquiries Spike After the New Year, Say Studies

By Nottage and Ward on February 3, 2016

The first Monday after the new year always means a significant increase in inquiries by people who are considering a divorce. The trend is so well-known that in Great Britain it even has a name: “Divorce Day.”

Here in the United States, studies have found that calls to divorce attorneys rise 20 to 30 percent in the first weeks of the new year. Some attorneys compare it to a “New Year’s resolution.” They note that for many people, the conclusion of the holidays–plus the potential represented by the new year–are enough of a push for them to seek the advice they need to make a change.

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