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  • College Bound-It’s That Time of the Year Again

    For many parents, this part of the summer is marked with getting their kids ready to start or go back to college. With two daughters going off the college this fall, I am aware of the long lists of tasks and purchases our college-bound children create. If you are anything like me...

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  • New Changes to Illinois Family Law Removal Cases

    On July 1, the Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules to expandmediation in child custody casesto include removal. The change will take effect on September 1, 2013. In 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court issued rules to streamline child custody cases throughout Illinois. That refo...

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  • Creating and Maintaining a Close Father-Daughter Relationship Through Divorce

    Children play a central role in divorce cases. When couples with children divorce, child custody is often the most important issue in the case. The custody laws help determine whether to grant joint custody, the scope of visitation rights, child support, and much more. I know t...

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  • The State of the Union (Civil) Address

    On June 1st Illinois' Civil Union Act took affect. Illinois joins several other states that have civil unions or similar domestic partnership laws. There are also five states, plus the District of Columbia that allow same-sex marriages. New York and Maryland recognize out of stat...

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  • Joint Taxes Filed? Divorcing or Not…Are You Sure You Are “Innocent”?

    Most Americans recently filed their income tax returns. Did you carefully look over the completed forms before you signed? If you plan to divorce this is especially important. When married couples file joint returns, the law holds both spouses liable for the taxes, interest and p...

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  • How Does a Divorced Parent Claim a Child as a Dependent?

    It's tax time and if you're divorced and were awarded the right to claim your child or children as a dependent(s) on your tax return, here's what you need to know about filing your taxes properly. The Internal Revenue Code sets out the law about who is entitled to claim a child ...

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  • Civil Unions Come to Illinois

    Recently, Illinois voted to allow civil unions for same-sex couples. The law awaits Governor Quinn's signature. Once enacted, the law will allow same-sex couples to partake in many of the rights that married couples currently enjoy, while leaving them just shy of actually being ...

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  • Grandparents' Roles and Rights

    It used to be commonplace for multi-generational families to live together with all adults having a hands-on role in the rearing of children. In those idyllic days grandparents played a special, part-time role. Nowadays many grandparents have more involved roles and it's usually ...

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  • DIVORCE 101 – Part Two

    We’ve all heard of those divorce battles like in the movie The War of the Roses. Should clients look for an attorney who takes no prisoners? You'll want to avoid that type of lawyer. Although the "w

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  • DIVORCE 101 - Part One

    What is the most important thing a client should look for when hiring an attorney? The client and attorney must have chemistry. Divorce lawyers represent people, not businesses. The relationship is h

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