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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Steps to an Illinois Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on July 12, 2021

Divorce is not an easy process. While some couples may wish they could just rip up their marriage certificate and leave it at that, the truth is that a divorce takes months of litigation and paperwork, potentially years if one party is dragging their feet.

Knowing the important steps of a divorce in Illinois can help you prepare for the process, and help you seek out the attorney that is right for your separation needs.

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