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What It Really Takes to Co-Parent After Divorce

November 20th, 2018 by

Separation and divorce disrupts the lives of more than just the two people involved. The ripple effect most significantly affects […]

Preparing for the Financial Affidavit Process

July 26th, 2018 by

Preparing for the Financial Affidavit Process If you find yourself headed into family court as a party in a divorce, […]

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 Focus: Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families

December 27th, 2016 by

Article 9 – Dec. 19, 2016 Adam Underhill Edward Jones Financial Advisor Most of us need to do some type […]

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 […]

Could it Be Depression?

September 8th, 2014 by

Symptoms and Treatment Depression is a serious illness, not a harmless part of life. It is a complex disorder with a […]

Courtroom Appearance-What Impression Will You Make?

July 30th, 2014 by

Whether it be a first impression or a lasting one, we can all agree that the impression you make on […]

Tips to a Fearless Deposition

June 10th, 2014 by

In Family Law litigation, a deposition may be utilized to obtain information from a party under oath. Illinois law authorizes […]

Patience: A Virtue Needed in Family Law Litigation

May 20th, 2014 by

Everyone recognizes the importance of virtue and striving for moral excellence. We know that patience is a quality which has value […]

A New Season-A New You

April 23rd, 2014 by

After an extremely long winter, spring has finally returned.  We’ve spent several months fighting the urge to hibernate and longing […]

The Value of a Free Consultation

February 20th, 2014 by

Who says you can’t get something for nothing? We all tend to be skeptical of anything that is “free”, but […]

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 […]

Welcome to Our Family Law Blog

January 3rd, 2014 by

Welcome to our Family Law blog! Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group practices all areas of Family Law […]

Economic Recovery After A Life Change

November 2nd, 2013 by

Develop a new Estate Plan and Will. Make sure your Powers of Attorney are updated and complete. Meet with a […]

How To Forgive Another Person For Past Hurts

April 14th, 2013 by

No one gets through life without being hurt by another person. We all have experienced the pain of a thoughtless […]

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 […]

Civil Unions in Illinois

August 3rd, 2011 by

On June 1, 2011, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act took effect. This law provides for the […]

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 […]

Your Family and A New Years Resolution

December 30th, 2009 by

MAKE 2010 YOUR YEAR OF FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT  In today’s society, our dismal national economy keeps financial issues at the forefront […]