Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog

Options for Divorcing Couples that Are Business Co-Owners

By Nottage and Ward on July 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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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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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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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

How Are Lawsuit Settlements Evaluated in Illinois Divorces?

By Nottage and Ward on September 6, 2021

We all have recourse under the law if we are injured through someone else’s negligence or suffer unlawful conduct in the workplace. A person who has been hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault may file a personal injury claim for compensation. A victim of wrongful termination, discrimination, or harassment in an employment situation may file an employment lawsuit in civil court.

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How Are Non-Fungible Tokens and Other Cryptocurrencies Evaluated in a Divorce?

By Nottage and Ward on August 17, 2021

A malicious spouse hiding assets during a divorce is nothing new, especially if he or she was the primary person controlling and overseeing a marriage’s complex financials. With advances in financial technology, resources for hiding financial assets have grown and not disclosing under-the-radar gains might be even more tempting. While that spouse may think he or she is one step ahead of you, an attorney with the resources to track down and evaluate hard-to-find digital assets can work with you.

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How an Evidentiary Hearing Affects Allocation

By Nottage and Ward on July 31, 2021

Spending time with your children after a divorce can be a difficult process. You may still be in the midst of determining allocation or looking to change your parenting plan, but in either case, you will need to go before a Chicago judge to get a final order. Final orders are only issued after family law courts evaluate every aspect of an allocation case and often require an evidentiary hearing. While this proceeding may sound scary, a skilled family law attorney can you prepare for one and present your case so that you can maintain your relationship with your children.

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How to Know If a Prenup Is Enforceable in Illinois

By Nottage and Ward on July 26, 2021

A prenuptial agreement is an agreement made between two people before their marriage that outlines how they would divide their assets in the event of a divorce. While you would assume this makes a legally binding contract, some aspects of a prenuptial agreement may actually be unenforceable.

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The Dangers of Child Abduction After a Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on July 19, 2021

One of the most terrifying situations a parent can go through is having their child taken away. Divorces can be messy, emotional affairs, but there are proper, legal channels to settle child allocation disputes. There is no excuse for denying one parent their allotted time with their child or threatening to relocate the child. In the state of Illinois, this can constitute a case of child abduction or parental kidnapping.

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