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Learning Curve: Teaching in a New Era

September 23rd, 2020 by

By Monika L. Wolniak As a new parent, I have seen the transition of teaching and e-learning through friends who […]

“Navigating the Winding Road: Family Law and Estate Planning in Illinois”

September 21st, 2020 by

We have some exciting news to share! Our entire team collaborated to write a book titled “Navigating the Winding Road: […]

Intercontinental Transmission and the Family

September 10th, 2020 by

Since the first known case of COVID-19 discovered in Wuhan, China, the world has experienced widespread infections of the deadly […]

Championing Camaraderie

September 3rd, 2020 by

My daughter and her softball traveling team have finally been able to start playing games! YAY!! We were not sure […]

Divorce Support Groups

August 3rd, 2020 by

For those who are in the process of a divorce or those who have recently been divorced, there are varying […]

Vacations: Escaping From Reality

July 31st, 2020 by

“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”  The National Lampoon series “Vacation,” “European Vacation,” and “Vegas Vacation.”  These are some of the movies […]

Selecting a Family Law Attorney

July 24th, 2020 by

How do you go about finding a good family law attorney? Finding an attorney is no different than finding a […]

Facing Change

July 20th, 2020 by

To navigate, one must have a planned course of action for their route. As much as we may try to […]

Taming That Scatterbrain

July 17th, 2020 by

The human brain is very good at finding things to worry about and throughout this pandemic, it has only increased. […]

National Parks and COVID-19

July 16th, 2020 by

We recently shared some tips regarding traveling with your family during these crazy times. For many, vacations together are an […]


July 15th, 2020 by

The COVID-19 outbreak poses unprecedented challenges to businesses, governments, and societies around the world. Companies are reacting in different ways […]

Checking In On Your Goals

July 14th, 2020 by

As Illinois begins to move forward, it is time for a check-in on where the quarantine goals are at.  Illinois […]

Facing Divorce? Read These 5 Tips From a Divorce Attorney

July 1st, 2020 by

Working as a family attorney for decades, Gwendolyn Sterk has heard countless stories of relationship troubles that built up and […]

Emergency Order of Protection Procedures During the Pandemic

June 29th, 2020 by

The shelter-in-place order and various court rules have left many victims of domestic abuse in a tough quandary.  Should I […]

Coping Emotionally During a Pandemic

June 27th, 2020 by

Written by Alexandra Glumac The news is disheartening. You can’t turn on the tv, log on to the internet or […]

Dining Out In The New Era

June 24th, 2020 by

Oh, how I’ve missed the luxury of going to a restaurant with friends and family to catch up with one […]

Unique Issues That Impact Individuals and Families with Special Needs

June 20th, 2020 by

When I first got married, my husband told me that he always had a weird feeling he would have a […]

Community Resources

June 19th, 2020 by

During this time, many people are in need of help from their local communities and governments. What are some local […]


June 17th, 2020 by

The majority of our states, counties, and cities across the nation are in the midst of a nationwide public health […]

CDC Guidelines For Reopening Schools

June 15th, 2020 by

Recently the CDC released guidelines for the reopening of schools.   In Illinois, we do not yet have specific directions […]

How to answer big questions kids have about the coronavirus pandemic

June 14th, 2020 by

From missing grandma to fears about getting sick, here’s how adults can help kids navigate this difficult time.  For millions […]

12 Ways You Can Combat Stress and Anxiety RIGHT NOW!

June 11th, 2020 by

Written by Robyn Ashbaugh, ALMFT at Solid Foundations Therapy A year ago, advice on managing stress and anxiety may not […]


June 9th, 2020 by

The U.S. Supreme Court building’s west façade bears the phrase “Equal Justice Under Law.” Inspired by the ideals from the […]


June 7th, 2020 by

COVID-19 has affected everyone. Think about how the stay at home orders has affected you personally and financially and think […]

Economic Recovery

June 5th, 2020 by

In general, the majority of people across the United States, and globally, have been financially impacted in one aspect or […]

Divorcing Virtually

May 27th, 2020 by

Many people had pending divorce cases in existence when the stay at home order went into place.  The stress of […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

May 26th, 2020 by

Even with stay-in-place orders established by our state government, the spread of COVID-19 continues. The news of additional people testing […]

Remote Learning

May 23rd, 2020 by

As parents of school-aged children, we all give a collective groan to remote learning.  I think we can all acknowledge […]

Faith Is Always Open

May 20th, 2020 by

In recent news, we have seen the allegations that the Shelter-in-place orders are infringing on the rights of peoples to […]

Workers’ Compensation Claims in Illinois During COVID-19

May 13th, 2020 by

Healthcare workers, first responders, and employees working for essential businesses are keeping all of us healthy and supplying us with […]

Changing Perspectives on Senior Living as Result of the Pandemic

May 12th, 2020 by

We know that elders are at higher risk of getting coronavirus. Why? Because many elders have chronic medical conditions, such […]

Food for Thought: The Grocery Industry

May 11th, 2020 by

In the last several weeks since COVID-19 has abruptly affected our lives, one thing that immediately changed has been the […]

The Economic Threat of COVID-19: What is Illinois Doing to Help Their Small Businesses?

May 7th, 2020 by

In addition to the CARES Act that was enacted by Congress to help small businesses stay afloat, many States are […]

Mental Health: Another Silent Outbreak During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5th, 2020 by

The year 2020, for most of us, started with new hopes, new goals and new resolutions set, as each year […]

Hope in the Midst of COVID-19: Taking Care of Business

May 1st, 2020 by

 As John Maxwell says, “If you don’t try to create the future you want, you must endure the future you […]

Millennials: Stop and Listen

April 30th, 2020 by

When the shelter-in-place orders went into effect in many places around the country in March, the news was laden with […]


April 25th, 2020 by

Morningstar Mission is a non-denominational organization dedicated to relieving the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor by providing food […]


April 19th, 2020 by

There can be no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is putting unprecedented strain on the healthcare systems.  In an effort […]


April 17th, 2020 by

KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF While many Americans are struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, a few are flourishing; including […]

Health Insurance Coverage During COVID-19

April 14th, 2020 by

If you’re an individual who currently lost your health insurance due to the loss of your job, there are options […]

Emotional Impact of COVID-19 Testing

April 14th, 2020 by

Being sick is never fun, and it is even more stressful than ever with the confusion and rate of increase […]

Celebrating Easter During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10th, 2020 by

The Christian observation of Holy Week began on Palm Sunday which marked the day Jesus entered into Jerusalem days before […]

Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 9th, 2020 by

As a pregnant woman myself, my mind is all over the place on all the “what if’s” and overthinking everything […]

Celebrating Passover During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8th, 2020 by

Passover 2020 is from sundown on April 8, 2020, to sundown on Thursday, April 16, 2020.  The observation of Passover […]

Working mom, working from home?? Who signed me up for this? Thanks, but no thanks, COVID-19.

April 7th, 2020 by

Ok, coronavirus, first of all, what are you and why are you so mean?  Truth be told, prior to this […]

Child Support Arrearage and Your CARES Act Stimulus Check

April 3rd, 2020 by

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act for short. […]

Coping With The Stress of The COVID-19 Virus

April 2nd, 2020 by

Contributed by Associates in Professional Counseling Life has changed as we have known it – and fast. The COVID 19 […]

Stay Connected Through Virtual Meetings

April 2nd, 2020 by

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with some caring people over a video conferencing website called ZOOM. If you […]

Pick Your Battles and Fight Fairly

April 1st, 2020 by

Conflict and disagreements are bound to happen in any relationship and within a family.  Being confided in your home, with […]

Child Support in Illinois – It’s Not What It Used to Be

March 30th, 2020 by

Prior to July 1, 2017, child support in Illinois used to be calculated as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s […]

Caring for Our Senior Community

March 28th, 2020 by

As we know, the senior community is one of the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many seniors cannot […]

Keeping the Faith

March 27th, 2020 by

At first, the spread of COVID-19 was isolated in the far East. Business had carried on as usual and some […]

Tips for Working at Home During Quarantine

March 25th, 2020 by

With the enactment of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-10, many of us are now working from home when we have […]

Special Issues for Children with Special Needs During The Pandemic

March 23rd, 2020 by

The special concerns are never-ending for families with children with special needs.  This pandemic is no different.  As stay-at-home orders […]

How You Can Help Small Business & Feed Your Family During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 21st, 2020 by

During these uncertain times, many restaurants are offering takeout, delivery and curbside service to help in surviving this crisis.  Other […]

Budgeting During a Crisis—Tips to Help Financial Stability Amid COVID-19

March 19th, 2020 by

With the COVID-19 national emergency, there’s been a lot of talk of self-quarantining for a minimum of two weeks, and […]

Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 12th, 2020 by

Contributed by: Sue Denk, Psy. D, LCPC Human beings like certainty.  We are hard-wired to want to know what is […]

FMLA for Parents of Children with Special Needs

February 13th, 2020 by

Sometimes it feels like the doctor appointments, therapy appointments, meetings, and the like are never-ending when you have a child […]

Understanding the details of your divorce decree

February 5th, 2020 by

When you’re wrapped up in the emotion of a divorce, your eyes might glaze over to the details. At the […]

Separate Your Assets When Considering Divorce

November 27th, 2019 by

If you and your spouse have separated in contemplation of divorce, it’s prudent to take stock of many areas in […]

3 Steps in the Illinois Divorce Process

November 21st, 2019 by

Starting a divorce proceeding feels like beginning any difficult task — you simply want it to be over as quickly […]

How Divorce Differs from Annulment (Invalidity of Marriage)

November 15th, 2019 by

Divorce and Annulment (invalidity of marriage) are distinct legal determinations that sever marriages in different ways. In Illinois annulment is […]

How to calculate Illinois spousal support in 2019

October 16th, 2019 by

Spousal support, which is known to many people as alimony, is payment made from one former spouse to the other […]

What are the Benefits of an Illinois Prenuptial Agreement?

September 12th, 2019 by

Though we mostly hear about “prenups” in tabloids and on TV, you don’t need to be a celebrity to sign […]

Cohabitation Agreements to Protect a Couple’s Interests

August 28th, 2019 by

If you’re in an unmarried but serious relationship, setting out a cohabitation agreement could be one of the most important things you and your partner do together.

New Pet Custody Law Further Protects Pets During Divorce

August 19th, 2019 by

Pets in Illinois recently gained an extra layer of protection against mistreatment, with help from legislation passed by the state […]

How to Write a Promissory Note For Personal Loans

July 30th, 2019 by

It feels good to help a family member or friend by loaning them money, especially if they’re facing eviction, repossession […]

What Family Law Attorneys Should Do For You

June 3rd, 2019 by

What Family Law Attorneys Should Do For You More than any other type of legal practice, family law attorneys and […]

Rebuilding Trust with Children After an Affair

March 14th, 2019 by

Rebuilding Trust with Children After an Affair Parents spend a good amount of time trying to keep their children from […]

Protect Yourself From Threatening Behavior in a Relationship

July 11th, 2018 by

There’s no single template for a violent or abusive relationship. Anyone can fall victim to domestic violence or threatening behavior […]

Tips For Moving On After a Divorce

February 22nd, 2018 by

You’ve probably asked yourself, “Will I ever get over my divorce?” Divorce often may feel like an end to a […]

The Illinois Divorce Process

January 31st, 2018 by

Marriage, from a legal standpoint, is a civil matter — and so is divorce. The state of Illinois grants both […]

College Expense Contributions for Divorced Families

December 12th, 2017 by

College Expense Contributions for Divorced Families With the sweeping changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, effective […]

The Epidemic of Bullying

September 19th, 2017 by

Bullying is a multi-layered cross-cultural plague. Our children are like little sponges, but with limited ability to filter and differentiate […]

Reconciliation Using the Gottman Method

August 23rd, 2017 by

What is The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy? The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based upon 38 years of […]

Real Estate and Divorce

July 27th, 2017 by

The divorce process is difficult. An issue that can further complicate the divorce process is if what happens to the […]

Bullying 101

July 5th, 2017 by

Bullying 101 When most people hear the term “bullying”, they can relate this experience to something that has happened to […]

Debt To Income Ratio

June 5th, 2017 by

Debt To Income Ratio When applying for a mortgage, you’ll hear a great deal about your debt-to-income ratio. This is […]

Repairing Credit Prior to Purchasing

May 15th, 2017 by

Repairing Credit Prior to Purchasing Credit repair is no small feat, but remember – it’s possible, although it could take […]

Give Mom a Gift to Help Her Financial Future

May 9th, 2017 by

Give Mom a Gift to Help Her Financial Future With Mother’s Day around the corner, you might wonder if you […]

Stepparenting 101

May 2nd, 2017 by

Stepparenting 101 5 Tips To Prepare You To Step In With the formation of a stepfamily, it is more than […]

Financial Tips for Newly Single Women

April 10th, 2017 by

Financial Tips for Newly Single Women Within a marriage, a man and a woman’s financial circumstances are generally pretty much […]

Choosing a Mortgage Lender

April 7th, 2017 by

Shopping for a lender can seem like a daunting task, but the good news is that you probably already have […]