Shana Lynn Vitek’s Answers

Shana Lynn Vitek

Highland Park Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Can I leave 1 lawyer and find less expensive one?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. David Matthew Gotzh
    2. Shana Lynn Vitek
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4. J. Richard Kulerski
    4 lawyer answers

    You always have the right to the lawyer of your choice, and it is not uncommon for a party to change lawyers while the case is pending. Especially with personal matters like a divorce, it is important that you have a lawyer you feel comfortable with through the process. If you no longer feel comfortable, it won't hurt to schedule a consultation with one or more other attorneys to see if it may be a better fit. If it is, the new lawyer could pick up where the old one left off fairly easily.

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  2. The judgement for my divorce was signed and dated on January 13, 2011. Can I make a partial monthly payment?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. David Matthew Gotzh
    2. Shana Lynn Vitek
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    3 lawyer answers

    You should consult your lawyer if you had one. It depends on the type of payment (property settlement, maintenance or child support) and whether any details were included in the agreement regarding the date of payments. It is often the case that child support and maintenance payments are made consistent with the payor's paycheck frequency. This detail may also be included on the Uniform Order of Support if you have one.

  3. Ex-husband not paying his portion of the credit card bills each month per the divorce the decree.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Shana Lynn Vitek
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    3 lawyer answers

    You should consult an attorney who can file a Petition on your behalf, requiring him to comply with the Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage, pay any amounts advanced by you and requesting additional amounts for interest and attorney fees.

  4. If i cheated on my husband while we are married can i still get some of his retirement money. i feel like a roommate.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. David Matthew Gotzh
    3. Shana Lynn Vitek
    4. Patrick Byron Markey
    5. J. Richard Kulerski
    5 lawyer answers

    Illinois is a no fault divorce state and so this will have no impact on the property distribution in your case. Your marital property will be divided "equitably" based on certain factors set forth in Section 503 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. You should consult an attorney to better advise you based upon the specific facts of your case.

  5. Can you get a divorced annulled?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Shana Lynn Vitek
    2 lawyer answers

    It may be possible but it would depend on the specific facts of your case and why an anullment (declaration of invalidity of marriage) was not obtained in 2009. You should consult an attorney with the details.

  6. Ex is saying he won't pay his share of childcare expenses. The divorce decree dictates we each pay 50%. What can I do?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. David Matthew Gotzh
    2. J. Richard Kulerski
    3. Shana Lynn Vitek
    3 lawyer answers

    This situation is pretty straightforward. There is a court order that has not been modified, so he is required to follow it. If he has willfully failed to pay, he is in violation of the order and will be held in contempt of court. This is not an issue that should be submitted to mediation, because it deals with financial matters. Money issues such as child support and contribution to expenses are not to be included in a Joint Parenting Agreement, and therefore are not subject to the...