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Investigation Alleges that Will County Divorce Judge Used Courthouse Computer to Watch Porn

By Nottage and Ward on July 23, 2012

A state probe revealed some troubling news recently, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, when it revealed that a 69-year-old judge in Will County, Illinois was spending time browsing various pornographic websites in his judicial chambers instead of deliberating law. The state probe was conducted after an initial Sun-Times investigation.

As dedicated divorce attorneys in Chicago with Nottage and Ward, we are disappointed that a former divorce court judge would allegedly abandon his legal duties in such a way, especially as his actions may point to underlying personal issues that could potentially interfere with his decision-making ability in divorce court. This is likely the reason why the judge was transferred from divorce court to a courtroom that hears mental health and building code enforcement cases the day after the initial story appeared in the Sun-Times. The judge who made the transfer explained that since “(divorce) court calls … by their nature are adversarial and … the issue of gender is often central,” it was logical to remove him from that position.

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Family Lawyer Eunice Ward Provides Commentary on Fox News Chicago about Holmes-Cruise Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on July 18, 2012

What do you usually get when two celebrities divorce? A long, hostile court battle complete with media frenzy. But that was not the case when Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. Within a matter of weeks, the divorce was finalized. So what did they do that other celebrity couples aren’t doing? Experienced Illinois divorce attorney, Eunice Ward, has the answer.

Attorney Eunice Ward appeared on Fox News Chicago recently to provide insightful commentary on why this celebrity divorce was so different. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were both aware of what a divorce war could do to their lives and the life of their daughter, Suri, but more importantly, Katie Holmes was serious and prepared. She made the decision to divorce and took every step necessary to show her husband that she was not only serious about getting a divorce, but determined exactly what she wants in terms of a divorce settlement. Fortunately, Cruise does not appear to have presented any challenge to Holmes’ requests, which made the process that much smoother.

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Understanding the Four Main Divorce Options

By Nottage and Ward on April 30, 2012

Every marriage is different and, likewise, the type of divorce that may work for one couple may not be possible for another. If you have been thinking about divorce, there are four main options for how you can proceed, according to an article in Forbes. Understanding what each of those options are and the pros and cons of each can help you decide what type of divorce will be the best for you.

The first option is do-it-yourself divorce. The bottom-line for DIY divorce is don’t do-it-yourself. Divorce is a complicated process and trying to get through that whole process by yourself can lead to irreversible mistakes. The only circumstances which would make DIY divorce beneficial are if it was a very short marriage, there are no children, little to no marital debt or assets which must be divided, no alimony, and comparable incomes.

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