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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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Gifts vs. Loans in Divorce

Many married couples receive financial assistance or assets from their family members. If the parties file for divorce, how should these assets be classified and divided by the court? Illinois excludes property acquired by gift from a third party from the marital estate, because these gifts are not earned by the efforts of marital partnership….

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Major Changes to Illinois Maintenance Laws

When a client asks how much maintenance, also known as alimony, they will be ordered to pay or receive the long standing answer has been “It is hard to know for sure”. The inconsistent and unpredictable maintenance awards handed out by the many Illinois Judges have been frustrating both attorneys and our clients for years….

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Keeping Your Divorce Settlement Private

If you are a newsworthy figure whether as an athlete, a philanthropist, a business owner, a highly compensated executive or a well-known executive this may be a good reason to keep the facts of you divorce settlement confidential. As an athlete you may not want the terms of your contract made public. As a business…

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Tax implications when a marriage ends

Tax issues related to divorce might take couples by surprise, especially when they are financially set. Couples in Illinois and elsewhere need to keep several things in mind when dividing their assets at the end of a marriage. First, state law determines how assets are handled during a divorce. In community property states, both parties…

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Recipe ownership disputed in deli divorce case

Illinois residents may be interested to hear that the divorce of the owner of the New York landmark Carnegie Deli and her husband has become focused on the alleged theft of proprietary recipes. The owner has accused her husband of 22 years of giving away recipes for the deli’s famous pastrami and cheesecake to another…

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Divorce and pet custody

Illinois readers may be interested to know that some judges are acknowledging that pets are family members. Rather then treating them as personal property in a divorce, in some cases, the best interests of the animal are being considered. It isn’t unusual to see legal motions filed asking for sole custody of the family dog….

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Debt after a divorce and legal recourses

In different jurisdictions, including Illinois, an ex-spouse can seek legal recourse when his or her former partner continues to incur debt on joint credit cards or accounts. During divorce, debt is usually split up between partners, and their joint accounts are closed. Divorced individuals whose financial situations and credit scores are impacted by their former…

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Clint Eastwood to divorce wife of 17 years

Illinois fans of actor Clint Eastwood, 83-years-old, may want to know of his recent split with a woman he spent the past 17 years married to. In an odd turn of events, Clint and Dina Eastwood are now said to be dating two former spouses, one of whom was a high school friend of Dina’s….

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Marital assets to be remembered in property valuation

Illinois residents who are going through a divorce need to ensure that they take into account all of their assets when they are coming up with a valuation of their property. Real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, furniture and artwork usually come to mind, but other less-visible assets are no less valuable but often forgotten. Collections…

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Prenuptial agreements becoming more common

A recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has found that couples are more frequently requesting prenuptial agreements, with 63 percent of the lawyers in Illinois and around the country who were surveyed reporting having seen an increase in those agreements in the past three years. It has been suggested that the increase…

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Long-term separations

Many Illinois divorce attorneys are seeing an increasing number of couples whose marriages have failed getting caught in so-called separation limbo. They are living apart without making anything official and in no apparent hurry to begin divorce proceedings. A couple can begin living apart on a temporary basis, but in some cases years pass and…

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Things divorcing men might not know

Illinois men contemplating divorce might not have the right tools or support to get through the process due to a number of reasons, least among which is, according to a recent piece, the stigma against men keeping the split anything but private. However, experts say divorce affects men as much as it does women, so…

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