Family Law

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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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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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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Feinberg becomes President of U.S. Chapter of IAML

Today Ms. Joy M. Feinberg, partner at Boyle Feinberg Sharma, will be inaugurated as the President of the USA Chapter of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), where she has been a member since 1990. The IAML is a prestigious group of divorce attorneys who gather three times a year, once in either the…
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Orthodox Jewish women face divorce dilemma

Many Orthodox Jewish women in Chicago are aware of the difficulties of seeking a divorce in that community. Only the husband has the right to issue a “get,” the document that dissolves a marriage in the eyes of the synagogue. Below are five tips designed to help Orthodox Jewish women who are seeking a get.…
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Planning a wedding? Consider a prenup as well

There was once a time when a prenuptial agreement was something that only very wealthy people and celebrities sought before marriage. However, with the national divorce rate still hovering at 50% of marriages, prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular than ever among Chicago couples. Some may wonder why prenups are increasing in frequency among young…
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