Category Archives: Family Law

amicable-divorceDivorce is never easy. It is a difficult decision to dissolve any marriage and once a partner secretly makes the decision to consult with a qualified divorce attorney, it may be due time the secret is shared with an unsuspecting spouse. With divorce rates steadily holding at 3.6 percent for 1,000 individuals, 44 states reporting, including the District of Columbia, one would believe telling a spouse that a divorce is imminent would have become “old hat” by now, but as many divorce attorneys know, that is not often the case.

One of the most critical actions in defining the tone and course of the upcoming legal proceedings is how one spouse tells their partner of their decision to end the marriage. Many family advocates and mediators believe that divorce does not need to be a bad experience, negatively affecting everyone involved, and suggest those facing the dissolution of their marriage follow these key components for a good divorce:

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divorce-rateRecent reports reveal that the U.S. may be experiencing an optimistic surge on the state of divorce in America. National statistics reveal that even though the majority of the U.S. still believes that 50 percent of all American marriages dissolve each year, the true statistic is lower and has not increased either. The divorce rate is actually declining.  In the recent post, it is suggested that the divorce rate of the 1970s and early 1980s may have presented as a “historical anomaly” rather than an unruly trend.

Justin Wolfers, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan found that 70 percent of all marriages that began in the 1990s have reached their 15th anniversary milestone which surpasses the 65 percent of those who tied the knot during the 1970s and 1980s. Many analysts believe that if this trend continues, those committing to marriage during the 2000s will actually be responsible for decreasing the mythical 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce.

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Hinsdale divorce and family law lawyer, new child, same father, different motherI am already paying child support to the mother of my first child. Now I have a second child by my new girlfriend. How does the Illinois Court decide how much child support I should pay?

The Illinois law of child support provides that the first family comes first.

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physician-divorce-rateIt was once believed that becoming a licensed practicing physician led those who committed to this taxing profession soon became less than committed to their marriages due to long hours and a stressful job description.  Not so, according to Anupam B. Jena, MD, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health care policy and medicine at the acclaimed Harvard Medical School.  To squash the continual jokes and stereotypical notions attached to physicians and divorce, Jena decided to test the murky waters of this hypothetical truth.

The results of his census-data driven study, as published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), quickly reversed the stereotypical view of marriage, divorce and the practicing physician. 

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Hinsdale family law firm, current vehicle sticker, pulled over by policeIn Illinois, many motorists wait until they receive a written notice from the Illinois Secretary of State that their license plate sticker is about to expire and then buy a new Illinois vehicle sticker. The alternative is that you can be charged with driving on an expired plate. Most motorists still continue to wait until this reminder notice is received before purchasing their sticker. However, beginning this year, 2016, that notice will not come. Surprise!

Did You Know: For 2016, the Illinois Secretary of State will no longer be sending written notice to motorists that their vehicle stickers are about to expire and must be renewed. Illinois drivers now must remember on their own when to renew their license plate stickers or they run the risk of being fined if caught driving on expired plates.

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