What can be done when an obligor (the one paying support) realizes that too much has been paid and the support recipient has reaped a windfall? Background In the Spring of 2014, my law firm was retain
A historical explanation and current status (as of 2014) of the law of emancipation in the context of child support. Introduction I came across the term “de facto emancipation” in an article about chi
A simple, comprehensive, explanation of the difference between "community property" and "common law" property division rules. What it is: "Community property" refers to a legal system of characterizin
It seems perfectly illogical, but my experience demonstrates that filing a divorce case or being served papers can often be the catalyst that sparks renewed interest in reconciling the differences that have brought a couple to precipice of divorce. This article explores how a d...
In Illinois, an annulment is referred to as a Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage.1 The court makes it as if the parties were never married. This can be important for a variety of reasons. For religious purposes, check with your clergy about what you need. The court can give yo...
A straightforward guide to the basics on removing children from Illinois. What you must do, may do, and must not do . . . and what happens when you do it wrong.