Once you get past the emotional shock of the loss of a loved one, practical considerations take over. How do I wrap up my family member’s financial affairs and get their assets distributed to the survivors? Answers to these questions are rarely easy and you should seek an attorney to assist you.
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One party to the marriage begins the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The person filing the case is referred to as the "Petitioner." The other spouse is referred to as the "Respondent."
Once the petition is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the appropriate County, the Petition and a Summons will be served upon the respondent by a sheriff or a private process server.
2. The Response
Among the many issues one must deal with in getting divorced, one of the most emotional issues is often which spouse will get the family cat or dog. The simple answer is that the law treats pets as personal property and not as humans. If the pet was acquired before the marriage, the spouse who acquired it will be awarded the animal in the divorce.
Illinois legislation scheduled to take effect January 1, 2019 will make it easier for grandparents to obtain court ordered visitation of grandchildren of unmarried parents who do not reside together. In the past, a grandparent needed to first establish parentage of the child before seeking visitation. Under the new law, a grandparent need only establish that the parent to whom they are related is a parent of the child sought to be visited.
First, get medical attention to those who may need it.
Next, call the authorities.
Then, you should get as much information as possible from the other driver and occupants, including:
- Contact information (address, cell phone number(s), email addresses)
- Driver license information (state of issuance and license number)
- Vehicle information (make and model)
- Insurance information (name of company, phone number and policy number)
You should also get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
If you have reached the point where you feel divorce is your only option, here are some tips to get you ready:
Mediation is a way for you and your ex-spouse to work out the terms of the divorce with minimal or no decisions made by a judge. It puts the decision-making and terms in the hands of you and your former partner. Many issues can be resolved through mediation, including:
Title insurance protects both the seller and buyer of real estate by insuring against financial loss arising from defects in the title. It is meant to protect financial interests in real property against loss due to title defects, liens, survey defects or other matters. A covered party will be defended against any lawsuits attacking the title and will be reimbursed for actual monetary loss incurred from a title defect up to the dollar amount of insurance provided by the policy.
There are two types of title insurance policies -
Getting divorced can be very stressful. Among the many issues you will have to deal with is payment of attorney's fees. Prospective clients frequently ask us how much they can expect to spend. The answer is rarely simple.