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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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Avoiding custody battles in Illinois

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. When parents get divorced, they may be tempted to engage in a negative and time-consuming child custody battle. However, in most cases, shared parenting is in the best interest of any children that at couple has. Shared…

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The use of forensic accountants in high-asset divorces

There has been an increase in the use of forensic accountants, particularly among very wealthy people. While Illinois business owners often employ them if they feel that something is amiss with the company’s financial picture, many wealthy couples use them to review marital assets during divorce proceedings and determine exactly what they are worth. High-asset…

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Man defies court and then argues against contempt

An ongoing property division case may be of interest to Illinois residents. The New York controversy involves a man who sold marital property in violation of the court’s order during his divorce proceeding. Although he was ordered to deposit the proceeds from the sale into an escrow account for the property division, he never did…

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Powerhouse Attorneys Janet Boyle and Joy Feinberg Empower Female Lawyers

By Danielle Murry of Boyle Feinberg Sharma on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Family law experts Janet Boyle and Joy Feinberg, of Boyle Feinberg Sharma, are proud to announce a continuation of the series of financial seminars for female attorneys entitled “Women Empowering Women.” Instrumental in developing this program are Joy; Ann-Marie Koss and Ed Schroeder…

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Child support modification for Illinois residents

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Child Support on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Child support laws can be confusing, and one of the most confusing parts of the laws is what state has jurisdiction over each case. This can become very confusing if either or both parents move from the…

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The division of property in a divorce

In several states, property division is based on community property rules. Under this principle, property obtained during the marriage is deemed to be owned jointly by the spouses, and thus during a divorce, these assets will be divided equally between the two parties unless they otherwise agree. While Illinois is not a community property state,…

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SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

By Madilyn Ellsworth of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Family Law on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. On June 26, 2015, in a 5-4 landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the opinion for the majority, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license marriages…

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Financial preparation tips for divorce

Illinois couples dealing with the prospect of divorce may find that money is one of the most significant areas of focus as the terms are negotiated. In addition to dealing with child custody and property division, there is a need to consider how this life change will affect one’s standard of living. In many cases,…

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Arrest of DMX highlights illegality of ignoring child support

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Child Support on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Illinois parents who are behind on child support may not have their alleged shortcomings publicly revealed like rapper DMX, but they still could face legal pressure to comply with court-ordered payments. Authorities recently arrested Earl Simmons, whose…

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Pushing for shared parenting in custody decisions

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Illinois residents who are in the process of divorcing or considering a divorce and are facing a custody dispute might wonder about the parenting plan most beneficial to the children. Traditionally, mothers have gotten primary custody of…

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Study looks at views on child support calculations

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle Feinberg Sharma posted in Child Support on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Parents in Illinois who are ordered to pay child support or who are recipients of those payments often feel that the amount is unfair. In an effort to determine what child support payment structure the public thinks…

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