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The Second Time Around Could Ring Your Bell: The Dangers of Child Support for the Non-Owing Spouse

By: Shannon Luschen and Joy Feinberg Beware: If you are married to someone who pays child support, your income now can be combined with your spouse’s income for purposes of calculating your spouse’s child support obligation.  Illinois has ventured into new territory with In re Marriage of Rushing. In Rushing, the appellate court affirmed a…
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New Year, New Divorce Laws

By: Madilyn Keating Ellsworth, Esq. Starting January 1, 2019, more than 250 new laws became effective in Illinois, including significant changes to Illinois’ divorce laws. This article summarizes the major changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act taking effect this year: I. Maintenance (750 ILCS 5/504) As of January 1, 2019, maintenance…
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Molshree ‘Molly’ Sharma Named to Crain’s Chicago’s Notable Women

Sharma, a partner at family law firm Boyle Feinberg Sharma, received the honor which recognizes legal industry leaders in Chicago Molshree “Molly” A. Sharma, a partner at family law firm, Boyle Feinberg Sharma, was recently honored by being named to the 2018 Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers list by Crain’s Custom Media, a subsidiary of Crain’s…
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Qualified Expenses under a 529 Account

By Laura Gottlieb, Esq. of Boyle Feinberg PC and Shannon Luschen, Law Clerk While funds from a 529 college savings plan can be used to pay for a secondary education, not all expenses qualify. Qualified educational expenses, as established by the IRS, include all such expenses related to enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational…
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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 Sharma 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 are…
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When and if mediation is an appropriate divorce solution

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Divorce Mediation on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Divorce litigation can be a protracted and expensive process. Some Illinois couples who are facing the end of their marriage may want to consider mediation as a method of handling their divorces. Choosing mediation may save time…
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Mediation may be key to co-parenting success after divorce

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Divorce Mediation on Thursday, August 11, 2016. In Illinois and throughout the U.S., couples who are ending their marriage have many decisions ahead of them, and for couples with minor children, the divorce process can become more complicated. Legal professionals believe that having a…
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Family court preferences in child custody cases

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma 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 judge…
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The impact of child support on parental credit

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma 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, an…
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Gaining financial skills important when preparing for divorce

Most married people in Illinois don’t want to think about the possibility of divorce. Since a large percentage of marriages will eventually end, however, it may be wise for spouses to develop good financial skills. Individuals should think ahead to their retirement, and both spouses should increase their individual contributions to their plans if they…
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