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Navigating Grey Divorce & Relating to Your Adult Children

September 25th, 2018 by

Navigating Grey Divorce & Relating to Your Adult Children No matter how old you get, your kids are always your kids. […]

Senate Bill 2289 Adjusts Maintenance Calculation for Divorce in 2019

August 14th, 2018 by

Legislature Adjusts Maintenance Calculation for Divorce Starting in 2019 In August, 2018, the Illinois Legislature announced several amendments to the […]

Break Free From the Paralyzing Pain of Divorce

May 29th, 2018 by

Break Free From the Paralyzing Pain of Divorce Experiencing a divorce brings about an overwhelming jumble of emotions, leaving people […]

Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Divorce

April 30th, 2018 by

How Divorce in Illinois Relates to Substance Abuse With the changes to Illinois law commencing on January 1, 2016, Illinois […]

How Illinois House Bill 4113 Would Affect Families

April 16th, 2018 by

Illinois’ Proposed Equal Parenting Bill Law Would Automatically Divide Parenting Time Equally Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would […]

Paw-rental Responsibilities

March 30th, 2018 by

In January 2018,  the implementation of Illinois’ pet custody law has re-defined our pets, from the old definition as “property” […]

The New Illinois Pet Custody Law

December 28th, 2017 by

The New Illinois Pet Custody Law On January 1, 2018, family law in Illinois includes changes regarding the “custody” of […]

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 […]

Surviving the Holidays – Six Tips for Avoiding the Holiday Blues

December 7th, 2016 by

Holidays are typically both a festive and stressful time for everyone!  The traditions of the season bring joy, but also […]

Estate Planning Issues for Divorced Women

December 7th, 2016 by

By: Sonia D. Coleman Joan was married to Ed for 10 years and had four children.  They divorced and the divorce […]

Financial Planning for Divorced Women

October 21st, 2016 by

Thomas Wagner Wealth Management Advisor GCG Financial, Inc. Three Parkway North Suite 500 Deerfield, IL 60015-2567 847.457.3031 thomas.wagner@gcgfinancial.com www.gcgfinancial.com A […]

Divorce: Important First Steps

October 6th, 2016 by

1. Know your rights:  If you’re even considering divorce, spend the money for one consult with a reputable, good attorney […]

The Emotions Of Divorce

September 14th, 2016 by

Making the decision to divorce is never easy. You swing back and forth between feelings of happiness and being on […]

How Divorce Impacts Families

September 7th, 2016 by

As a licensed mental health professional, I work with many individuals, couples, and families who are affected by divorce. I […]

Need Help? Just Ask! Resources To Guide You Through Your Divorce.

August 17th, 2016 by

Divorce can have an long-term effect on individuals. In order to get your life back on track, it is essential […]

Interrogatories: How an Overwhelming Task Might Help Win Your Case

February 3rd, 2016 by

Often, the most overwhelming part of a divorce case is discovery which begins with interrogatories. Basically, interrogatories are a long […]

You’ve Been Served: The 411 on Subpoenas

September 4th, 2015 by

The infamous “You’ve been served” everyone sees on the latest edition of their favorite legal TV show is common, but […]

The Right to Know: The Discovery Process in Divorce

August 13th, 2015 by

So, you’ve filed for divorce. What happens now? More times than not, cases enter into a phase of divorce known […]

Ready for Change? Empower Yourself!

February 27th, 2015 by

  We believe in change when it becomes necessary.  We believe in change when the time is right, and we […]

Fear Factors in Divorce

October 31st, 2014 by

At Halloween time, we enjoy the concept of all things spooky. On some level, we love to be scared. The […]

How to Get From Start to Finish

October 10th, 2014 by

Contemplating Divorce is a scary place for most anyone.  The process is something with which most people are completely unfamiliar.  […]

The Importance of Financial Disclosure Statements

September 24th, 2014 by

Most couples have one party who is much more conversant with the income, assets and liabilities of the family. At […]

Employment Benefits and Divorce

September 17th, 2014 by

When navigating the divorce process, it’s important to know that your employment benefits are subject to review. This is an […]

The General Divorce Process

August 28th, 2014 by

The Divorce process itself can be quite daunting. For most clients, it’s a new experience and one likely lacks the […]

New Maintenance Guidelines-Commencing January 1, 2015

August 20th, 2014 by

There are many pieces to the divorce settlement puzzle.  Some pieces have been more clearly defined, such as child support […]

College Expenses-Navigating Allocation & Your Plan

July 25th, 2014 by

In the last section of our College Expenses series, we address the issue of allocating post-high school expenses and your […]

College Expenses-Navigating What, When & How Much

July 16th, 2014 by

Our previous article entitled “College Expenses-Navigating the Legal Framework” introduced you to the topic and the relative statutes. This section […]

College Expenses-Navigating the Legal Framework

July 10th, 2014 by

Whether your child is a senior contemplating the reality of leaving home and facing the challenges of academia, a Junior […]

The Vacation Guide to Family Fun

June 30th, 2014 by

Summer vacations are a time for family fun and relaxation. Following Divorce, family trips are certainly different than they used […]

Maintenance-What’s Fair?

June 20th, 2014 by

The goal of any Family Law attorney is to secure a fair and reasonable outcome for his or her client. […]

Custody Evaluations Defined

May 9th, 2014 by

Is mental health a factor in fighting for custody? The ways in which the mental health field interacts with family […]

The Right to Information-Discovery in Family Law Cases

March 26th, 2014 by

The division of the finances including assets and debts during a divorce starts with the identification of the assets and […]

Combating the Winter Blues

February 10th, 2014 by

Snow storm after snow storm, sub-zero temperatures, endless shoveling and long commutes have many of us singing the blues this […]

Tax Preparation and Divorce

January 28th, 2014 by

Tips from the Family Law Perspective Your marital status on December 31st determines whether you can file your taxes as […]

Family Law and Matters of the Heart

January 9th, 2014 by

Retainer fees, contract negotiations and court dates. These are some things that may come to mind when you think of […]

Back To School – Quick Tips For Parents

August 4th, 2013 by

Beginning a new school year gives a fresh start to improve our behavior during a divorce. Your children deserve the […]

Support to Empowerment: Divorce Groups for Women

September 29th, 2012 by

Beyond Support…to Empowerment While scanning the Calendar of Events section in my local paper, I took note of the various […]

Military Issues in Divorce

October 23rd, 2011 by

With almost three million active Service Members and reservists in the U.S., as well as many military veterans, military issues […]

Divorce Considerations: Gathering Digital Information

June 22nd, 2011 by

When contemplating or in the process of a divorce, one important task is to collect as much information as you […]

Unemployment: Supporting Your Family & Post-Decree Modification

November 27th, 2010 by

AN OVERVIEW OF THE IMPACT OF UNEMPLOYMENT ON SUPPORT Effective August 2010, the unemployment rate in Illinois was at 10.1%, […]

The Cost of Raising A Child: All About Child Support

October 13th, 2010 by

WHO GETS IT, WHO PAYS IT, AND IS IT EVER ENOUGH? In September of 2010, The New York Post reported […]

Simplicity By Purging: Redirecting Your Energy To Moving Forward With Your Family

March 24th, 2010 by

Recovery from divorce requires, among other things, the act of purging. Redirecting your energies into tasks that will help you […]