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GREAT NEWS FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

shutterstock_125245661On November 20, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill allowing marriage equality in Illinois into law. Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The law was to take effect statewide on June 1, 2014, but due to a ruling in Federal Court, marriage licenses for same-sex couples have been available at the Cook County Clerk’s office since Febr...
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DO I HAVE TO PAY MY EX-SPOUSE’S CREDIT CARD DEBT?

16572959_sThousands of Illinois marriages end in divorce each year, leaving couples to figure out how to deal with any marital debt that they have incurred over the duration of their relationship. Many couples are unable to work together amicably to come up with a solution that works for both parties, leaving it up to the courts to determine which spouse should be responsible for thei...
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COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MARITAL PROPERTY IN ILLINOIS

Property distribution is a critical part of any divorce proceeding. In order for a property distribution to be effected, the court must first determine the nature and value of the marital estate, which consists of all marital property. Determination of the marital estate can be a complicated process, wrought with disagreements and misconceptions. The following article describes Illinois marital property laws, and corre...
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HOW IS COLLABORATIVE LAW DIFFERENT THAN TRADITIONAL DIVORCE?

Divorced! Collaborative law is an innovative alternative to traditional divorce proceedings. Collaborative law is a legal approach to divorce negotiations that focuses on civility, privacy, and long-term cooperation in an effort to avoid adversarial divorce litigation and reach a mutually-agreeable settlement. The use of the collaborative process & collaborative divorce has been steadily growing o...
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