This is not a simple question to answer. The main factor will be whether your divorce is uncontested or contested. If you and your spouse have reached agreement on everything in your case, possibly after voluntarily participating in mediation, you could complete an uncontested divorce in less than two months.
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Since 2016, the term child custody is no longer used in Illinois. Instead, a court now makes decisions based on "allocation of parental responsibilities." One or both parents are chosen to be responsible for a child’s education, health, religion, and extracurricular activities. The terms sole custody or joint custody are no longer used.
If you don't properly and legally prepare your will and estate, your family may be left trying to sort out the details upon your death. This can be a time-consuming and very expensive undertaking and one that you can save them from by having everything in place beforehand. Find out more about legal will and estate planning in this presentation:
On March 23, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its opinion in In re: Marriage of Heroy wherein they helped clarify the law on when one party to a divorce must fully pay or contribute to the attorney’s fees of the other party. In prior decisions, Illinois appellate courts had upheld the denial of attorney fee petitions based upon an inability to pay but inability to pay had not been clearly defined. The Supreme Court stated that an inability to pay does not require having no assets or a zero balance bank account. Instead, an inability to pay the other party’s fees would exi
Death can come when we least expect it. Proper preparation will make things as seamless as possible for your family and loved ones. There is no such thing as starting the estate planning process too soon. Some of the things you will need to do and think about:
Identify your assets. Prepare a list of assets, including investments, real estate and business interests, insurance policies, annuities, and retirement savings. You must also think about your debts and how they will be addressed after you pass away.
Attorney Ted Bond, Jr. discusses the importance of proper service of a 5 day notice as a precursor to filing an eviction lawsuit in Lake County, Illinois.
One of the great benefits of being a practicing lawyer is that it gives you opportunities to engage in community service that might not otherwise be available. Attorney Ted Bond, Jr. is finishing up a six year term on the board of directors of his alma mater, Carmel Catholic High School, including two years spent as board chair. Carmel Catholic is a faith based, college prepatory high school with a well deserved reputation as one of the best educational institutions in the Chicago area.
Today's video blog discusses how we handle attorney fees in family law matters and how much you can expect to pay.
In adoption matters and cases involving child custody, Illinois judges will typically appoint a guardian ad litem. The "GAL" acts as an advisor to the judge and normally prepares a report and recommendations as to how to best protect the interests of the child. This usually involves interviewing the child, the birth parents and/or step parents or other custodial adult and will often require one or more home visits.