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Keeping it Together after a Natural Disaster

By Nottage and Ward on November 23, 2012

Whether you are married, separated, or divorced, experiencing a natural disaster, as the East Coast did with hurricane Sandy, can have a substantial impact on your family relationships. As experienced Illinois divorce attorneys at Nottage and Ward, we recognize that there are many different issues that could present problems for family relationships, but a natural disaster can carry more of these issues than can be handled if you are not prepared. According to an article in The Huffington Post, hurricane Katrina was followed by a 10 percent spike in the New Orleans divorce rate.

After a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, flood, or widespread fire, it is especially important to keep your relationships together. You may have lost your home, your business, and/or your possessions, which is why it is necessary to hold on to what you still have. To make sure a natural disaster does not cause irreparable damage to your marriage, or other family relationships, keep the following tips in mind:

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Extending 4th of July Holiday: Marital Histories of our Founding Fathers

By Nottage and Ward on July 6, 2012

Although the Fourth of July holiday has passed, the family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward in Illinois would like to take a moment to relate less common information about our nation’s history, specifically about our Founding Fathers, as provided by The Huffington Post.

Not many people think about the marital histories of our Founding Fathers. Having made such a significant impact on the history of the United States, many people may forget that our Founding Fathers were regular people, with wives, children, and their own views on the institution of marriage. And so, in celebration of the men that contributed so much to shape the nation, here is a rare glimpse into them as regular people:

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Divorces May Hurt Republican Presidential Hopeful’s Chances for White House

By Nottage and Ward on November 21, 2011

The 2012 presidential election has several potential candidates. One Republican presidential hopeful is Newt Gingrich. But, according to an article in The Huffington Post, his past tumultuous private life may affect his chances of being voted the Republican presidential nominee.

Recently, the 68-year-old former House Speaker addressed his past divorces and affairs in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” Currently, he is married to wife number three and has previously admitted to having had affairs. Gingrich also led the charge for the impeachment of President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Gingrich opened up about his regrets during the Fox interview and discussed how his past relationship decisions may compromise his presidential aspirations. Gingrich believes voters will have to “come to their own judgment” on whether he is “somebody that [they] would trust to lead the American people.”

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Custody and Credit Issues to Consider Before Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on August 26, 2011

This blog post continues our discussion of important financial issues that anyone facing divorce should reflect upon, particularly with the counsel of a highly trained lawyer that has experience with family law. It can be an unwise decision to begin the divorce process without taking these factors into consideration.

Your Credit Score

If you do not have a good credit history, it may be worsened by a divorce. To open a credit card, rent an apartment, or even interview for some jobs a credit report is often needed. Depending on how damaged your score is, you may not be able to live to the standard of living you were accustomed to prior to the divorce. Depending on the situation, it may be worthwhile to wait for some time to divorce, if the split is amicable, in order for you to work on increasing your credit score. In some cases, if one party has serious credit damage, it may be in their best interests to attempt to negotiate to keep the house or vehicle so they do not have to face creditors any time soon.

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Man Wins “Wheel of Fortune,” Wife Divorces Him: Who Gets the Money?

By Nottage and Ward on February 17, 2011

The Columbian reports that one couple’s divorce in Washington state has been complicated by the fact that one spouse won $51,600 on “Wheel of Fortune.” Now, the debate is whether the money is community property and therefore eligible for property division under law.

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