Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog

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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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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What You Need in Your Parenting Plan

By Nottage and Ward on July 5, 2021

When determining allocation, one useful tool that many Illinois judges use is the parenting plan. This plan allows the judge to see what each parent feels is best for the child, and make an informed decision based off of that. Developing this plan is an incredibly important step for any parent who wants to make their needs and opinions known to the judge. Without a parenting plan, your say in the parental allocation may be completely overlooked.

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The Complications of High-Asset Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on June 28, 2021

Divorce is never an easy process. There is property to split, emotions run high, and things can quickly become tense. However, there are few divorces as difficult to undergo than a high-asset divorce. With more assets to look over and split come more financial documents and complicated legal wrangling. Paperwork can quickly stack up, leaving you with mountains to deal with. But why is high-asset divorce so difficult, and how can you make it easier to deal with?

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Who Is Allowed to Have Parental Responsibilities for a Child?

By Nottage and Ward on June 21, 2021

Determining who should be given parental responsibilities for a child, sometimes known as custody, can be a contentious topic.

Parental responsibilities may be determined by both parties in divorce court, and they may also be brought up if a parent seems to be failing in his duties to his child. No parent wants to lose their right to take care of their child, but when the matter of parental responsibility is called into question, it is the judge who gets the final say.

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How to File for an Order of Protection in Illinois

By Nottage and Ward on November 3, 2020

When we enter into a relationship, we do so with a sense of trust. We trust that our partners will not just be kind and respectful, but also offer us a safe place to relax and be vulnerable in. Unfortunately, there are some people who take advantage of that trust and vulnerability. If you are living with an abusive partner, then you need to find somewhere safe to say and then file an order of protection. Nothing is more important than your safety. Even if your partner tries to dissuade you from leaving and getting help, put yourself first and ask the court for the protection you are in dire need of.

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