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In re Marriage of Allen Blog Post

Keith and Debra Allen had lived together for 13 years prior to getting marriage. They had been married for less than 7 months when they filed for divorce. Before their case went to trial, Debra sought leave to amend her Petition with common law claims based on their 13 pre-marital years of cohabitation. The primary…

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Hacking spouse’s email

In the highly emotional time of a divorce, it can become tempting for people to cross lines that should not be crossed.  Hacking into your spouse’s email account or computer to try and find some damning evidence against them is that step too far.  Recently a husband sued his wife for reading the private emails…

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Recognizing unreasonable divorce demands

As an Illinois couple considers a divorce, financial issues and child rearing can be some of the most contentious matters under the scrutiny of both parties, their lawyers, and the court system. In trying to avoid litigation, an individual might suggest negotiating an agreement without legal help in order to save money on fees. Alternative…

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Millionaire ex-spouses have been in court for 7 years

A divorced couple in Illinois has failed to reach a final divorce settlement after seven years of litigation. In April, Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder Richard Stephenson and his former wife Alicia Stephenson formally dissolved their 18-year marriage. However, the couple still has not been able to reach a final agreement about property division….

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Safeguarding a child’s college savings during divorce

An Illinois parent who is going through a divorce might worry about the future, especially with regard to finances. Even those who have saved carefully can see their resources decimated in contentious situations, especially if litigation is focused on minor issues. The best interests of one’s children might be the goal of all parties involved,…

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More states encourage shared parenting

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Friday, September 9, 2016. Illinois parents who are ending their marriages may want to learn more about seeking joint physical custody. There are a handful of states that have adopted legislation dealing with child custody reform, and several other states…

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Family court preferences in child custody cases

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. When Illinois parents are unable to reach agreements regarding child custody disputes, they may decide to litigate their issues in family court. In making a decision about who to award primary physical custody, a family law…

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The impact of child support on parental credit

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Support on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Child support is a huge issue throughout the nation. Illinois parents who depend on child support to make ends meet can face serious financial consequences when the obligor forgets or refuses to pay. In some cases,…

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The effect of state laws on divorce

State laws govern various aspects of divorce, including the division of property. Each state has its own unique laws and procedural criteria. Illinois residents who are thinking about divorce may benefit from learning more about their state’s divorce laws and how those laws would affect the division of their assets. States often impose certain conditions…

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Important financial matters during divorce

An Illinois resident who is getting a divorce should keep in mind that it can be an expensive process. First, there are legal and filing fees, but there is also the expense of finding a new place to live and replacing furniture and other possessions. Securing accounts and passwords is a first important step along…

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Guidelines for working with children in divorce

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Illinois parents who are getting a divorce should make the effort to put their children first. They should try to be amicable and avoid using the child against the other spouse. If possible, parents should try…

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