Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog

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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Posted in: Divorce

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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Posted in: Child Allocation

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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Posted in: Divorce

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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Posted in: Child Allocation

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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Posted in: Order of Protection

How to Stop Your Ex-Spouse From Moving Out of State With Your Child

By Nottage and Ward on October 12, 2020

Divorce can be difficult, especially when you have to share allocation of your child or children. But there is nothing more heart-wrenching than receiving a notice that your former spouse plans to move out of state and take your child with them. After getting such a notice, you may be panicking, wondering what on earth you can do to make sure you don’t lose your child. Well, never fear, there are several solutions that may work in your favor.

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The Danger of Parental Alienation

By Nottage and Ward on September 30, 2020

Parental alienation is not uncommon after a divorce or separation. In fact, you may have seen it depicted in countless TV shows and movies. Sadly, this form of toxic parenting can destroy a relationship between child and parent, as well as leave the child in a damaged state of mind for potentially their entire life. If you are worried that your former spouse is trying to alienate you from your child, then you need to take action.

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Posted in: Parenting Time

COVID-19 and Spousal Maintenance: When You Can No Longer Pay

By Nottage and Ward on August 31, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to rage across the United States, millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Without a form of employment, many are having difficulty paying rent, groceries, and utilities. When you have the extra costs of spousal maintenance thrown on top of that, it can seem impossible to keep your head above water. You shouldn’t give up hope, however.

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Posted in: Maintenance

How To Protect Your Child’s Inheritance From A Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on August 20, 2020

As a parent and grandparent, you want to make sure your children, grandchildren, and their descendants receive the inheritance they are due, based on your wishes. In many cases, this is as simple as willing your assets to them – but a will may not protect your children and grandchildren from losing a large portion of their inheritance in a divorce.

Thankfully, there are ways to plan an estate to provide maximum protection for your descendants in the case of divorce. While we always recommend you retain an experienced Chicago family law attorney, there are a few fundamental actions you can take to help protect the people you love.

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Posted in: Divorce

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and COVID-19

By Nottage and Ward on June 30, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads more and more, we have all naturally become concerned for our family and loved ones. This hold especially true for parents, who must now contend with having to work for financially support their children, while also having to do their best to provide adequate homeschooling while both public and private schools are closed.

The Stay At Home orders can make the allocation of parental responsibilities difficult and confusing to navigate for separated parents to navigate. What does your parenting time schedule look like now? What if your child’s other parent lives somewhere that is unsafe due to COVID-19? How do school closings impact parenting schedules?

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Posted in: Child Allocation

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