Family court 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.
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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:
We are frequently asked by elderly homeowners and their families whether there is anything they can do to prevent their house from being sold to pay for expensive long term care in an assisted living facility. In general, Medicaid will not pay for such care until it can be demonstrated that the patient is insolvent. Many people attempt to have their parents deed the house to them to try and keep the home and its value in the family. However, Medicaid has a 5 year look back rule and can void any transfer made during that period which appears to have been completed with the intention of de
In a quest for positive press coverage, our sheriff's office continues to ignore its responsibilities. Judges must follow the law when entering orders determining when someone must leave a property when they fail to pay what they owe. The sheriff has no right to disregard a court order or disregard a judge's determination of when someone must leave.
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.
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: