Legal Blog of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. Associates
Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois
Alimony is called spousal maintenance in Illinois and can be one of the most contentious and emotional aspects of divorce. Payments are decided based on statutory guidelines as well as the judge's discretion. These payments may be indefinite, temporary for the duration of the divorce, or for a specific amount of time to allow the ex-spouse to gain employment. Maintenance may be ordered for men as well as for women; the law does not differ by gender. It's also important to note that maintenance is not a part of every divorce; it does not have to be ordered.
We are acutely aware of the daily changes which have been taking place due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and due to the fluidity of the circumstances we will continue to adjust on a daily basis to ensure that we stay abreast of the situation. Due to the size of our office, we are still working in the office on a daily basis, but depending upon the circumstances may switch to remote work in the event it is determined to be appropriate.
Courts are an adversarial system. Your family lawyer is on your side. They are fighting for the best outcome for you. So how do you choose the one that is best for you? Consider the following factors.
Experience in family law matters. Our divorce lawyer, June Peterson-Gleason, has been practicing in Lake County, IL for 30 years. She is known and respected by judges and other attorneys. She is intimately familiar with the laws, regulations and formulas applied in divorce proceedings, custody cases, and support and maintenance matters.
- The right to visit and inspect your property. Your tenant does not have the right to bar you from accessing the real estate that you own. The law requires only that you visit at reasonable times and with reasonable notice. Absent an emergency, it is best to give notice of a visit at least 24 hours in advance. Notice of an inspection can be given by telephone, voice mail, text or e-mail.
Mediation is a collaborative process where the parties to a legal dispute try, with the assistance of a trained mediator, to reach agreement on some or all of the issues in their case. We now offer virtual mediation services for those in involved in divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and other family law disputes. Simply log in to our website, https://www.tedbondjrpc.com/virtual-mediation.html, fill out a questionnaire form and contact our office to schedule a mediation session via Skyp
The most well-known new Illinois law is the one making recreational, non-medicinal use of marijuana legal. There are still restrictions on where you can acquire marijuana and on where it can be smoked. Also, it is still a violation of federal law to use marijuana despite Illinois laws. On the plus side, many people with past misdemeanor marijuana related convictions are having their records expunged.
Minimum wage will jump from $8.25 to $9.25 statewide.
Divorce proceedings in Illinois typically follow this pattern:
1. Petition Filed
One party to the marriage may begin the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition and a Summons will be served upon the other spouse.
2. A Response is Filed
Once served with a summons, you have 30 days to file an appearance and written response. If you don’t, the court can hold you in default and grant your spouse relief without your participation in the proceedings.
Here at the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates, P.C., our two attorneys have nearly 60 years combined experience practicing in Lake County, IL. Our title insurance officer and escrow closer has over 30 years experience as well. How does this help our clients?