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What are the Fundamentals of a Prenuptial Agreement? 

 Posted on September 18, 2023 in Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Geneva, IL prenuptial agreement lawyerLike most people, you may view divorce as a difficult process to endure. You may worry that there will be many lonely nights thinking about the future, particularly in regard to money. That is why having a prenuptial agreement is recommended. Before a couple ties the knot, this arrangement is a great way to safeguard finances during divorce in an efficient and legal manner. 

In this article, we will explain what a prenuptial agreement is and how it affects the divorce process. Even if you feel you have a firm grasp of prenuptial agreements, it is important to work with a Geneva, IL family law attorney who can best evaluate your situation and help you draft a prenup that is both legally enforceable and tailored to your preferences.

What is the Definition of a Prenuptial Agreement? 

The definition of a prenuptial agreement is a legal arrangement that is created by two partners before they wed. The arrangement dictates how the couple will manage their assets during divorce and can also detail the financial responsibilities of a couple during a marriage. The arrangement is put into action after the couple weds. 

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Is Wage Garnishment an Option Toward Collecting Child Support from an Uncooperative Spouse?

 Posted on August 23, 2023 in Child Custody and Support

Untitled---2023-08-23T111801.235.jpgChild support is crucial for the well-being and proper upbringing of children. However, when a parent responsible for paying fails to fulfill their child support obligations, it can create serious financial challenges for the parent relying on the child support payments to support the child. In Illinois, wage garnishment can effectively collect unpaid child support from an uncooperative spouse. Today, we will explore the wage garnishment process for child support in Illinois and its potential benefits for the parent seeking child support assistance. 

Understanding Wage Garnishment in Illinois

Wage garnishment is a legal process that allows an individual or entity to collect unpaid debts directly from a person’s earnings. In the context of child support, a parent seeking support can pursue wage garnishment to enforce child support payment from an uncooperative spouse.

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Is Collaborative Law the Same as Mediation?

 Posted on July 27, 2023 in Divorce

IL divorce lawyerCollaborative law and mediation are both alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods used in the legal field. While they share various similarities, there are critical differences between the two. Today, we will explore the distinctions between collaborative law and mediation, shedding light on their respective processes, goals, and potential benefits. Have a conversation with your divorce attorney to determine if either process may benefit your situation.

Dissecting Collaborative Law

Often used in family law matters, this process involves each party retaining their collaborative law attorney, who assists them in negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement. The attorneys work with the parties to reach a resolution outside of court. Collaborative law involves face-to-face meetings, typically in a neutral setting, where both parties and their attorney engage in open and transparent discussions. The process encourages the exchange of information and focuses on finding creative solutions that meet the needs and interests of all involved.

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What to Know About Courtroom Etiquette During Your Illinois Divorce

 Posted on June 26, 2023 in Divorce

Il divorce lawyerGetting a divorce can be a very upsetting process for all involved and can last considerably longer when uncontrollable behaviors and outbursts coincide in court. Divorce proceedings may reflect a bad relationship between divorcing spouses. Still, acting appropriately during your time in court is imperative to ensure you do not make the process any more difficult than it already is. As you look to begin the divorce process, hire an attorney to ensure you can protect your rights and interests.

How to Behave in Court 101

If you are going through a divorce in Illinois that requires you to attend a hearing, consider the following courtroom etiquette:

  • Dress appropriately – You should dress in a manner that represents respect both to the judge and court proceedings. Your dress code should be business-like and may include a suit for men or a modest outfit and minimal makeup for women.
  • Be on time – When attending a scheduled court hearing, ensure you arrive early enough and are prepared with all related documentation. Punctuality portrays proper reverence for the hearing’s worth and the efforts of all present people.

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Business Valuation for an Illinois Divorce

 Posted on May 20, 2023 in Property Division

IL divorce lawyerWhen a business is part of the marital estate in an Illinois divorce, it is essential to value that business as accurately as possible in order to divide the assets fairly between the spouses. However, business valuation can be a tremendously complex process, requiring the input of a team of professionals with knowledge in accounting, finance, and management. Today, we will discuss what you can expect during a business valuation as part of asset division during an Illinois divorce.

Necessary Steps During a Business Valuation

The first step in a business valuation is to identify all of the assets and liabilities associated with the business. This includes tangible assets, such as equipment, inventory, and property, as well as intangible assets, such as goodwill, customer relationships, and intellectual property. It may also include liabilities such as outstanding debt and unpaid taxes.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods in Illinois Divorce Cases

 Posted on April 10, 2023 in Divorce

geneva divorce lawyerEnding a marriage can be a major legal undertaking. Divorcing spouses may need to address the division of marital debts and property, including retirement accounts, investments, real estate, and other property. If they share children, they will need to address the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time and create a parenting plan. Child support and spousal support may also be crucial issues in an Illinois divorce. 

Fortunately, there are several alternative dispute resolution methods available for divorcing spouses in Illinois. These methods may help you reach a resolution without a contentious courtoom trial. 

Mediation 

Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution for legal issues that involves parties coming together to discuss their issues and try to reach a resolution on their own without court input. Discussions will be facilitated by neutral, third-party mediators whose roles are to help parties negotiate a workable settlement.

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Knowing the Signs of Domestic Abuse

 Posted on March 16, 2023 in Domestic Violence

geneva domestic violence lawyerAbuse is defined under 750 Illinois Compiled Statute (ILCS) § 60/103(1), as physical abuse, harassment, intimidation of a dependent, interference with personal liberty, or willful deprivation. Although many people think that domestic violence or abuse only involves physical harm, other non-physical harms are also classified as abuse under Illinois law. 

Domestic violence is not limited to married couples as it is always possible that an unmarried couple could also be dealing with domestic violence. The Law Offices of Douglas B. Warlick & Associates represents individuals who are both the victims of domestic violence as well as alleged offenders in these cases, and we have more than three decades of experience handling these types of cases.

Common Kinds of Domestic Violence

Some of the most common signs of domestic violence can include:

  • Physical Aggression — The Illinois Attorney General specifically states that any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member breaks the state domestic violence law.

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Understanding Discovery in a Divorce

 Posted on February 06, 2023 in Divorce

kane county divorce lawyerDiscovery is the legal process in which both parties to a legal action exchange information about the witnesses and evidence they intend to introduce during a divorce case. This process can lead to the disclosure of incredibly sensitive and important information, such as tax returns and other financial documents, medical records, or child-related information. Discovery can help both sides in a divorce get a clearer view of the other side’s current status and know what assets and debts may be applicable in the case. 

Types of Discovery Issues

Discovery is typically informal or formal. Informal discovery involves the voluntary release of information by the parties. Formal discovery usually occurs in court and may involve interrogatories, notices to produce documents, depositions, or subpoenas. Interrogatories involve questions one party asks another. The Illinois Supreme Court approved a series of standard interrogatories specifically for divorce cases. 

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How Are Child Custody Decisions Made in an Illinois Divorce? 

 Posted on January 13, 2023 in Child Custody and Support

kane county divorce lawyerWhen two parents are divorcing and have a child or children, it can be incredibly difficult for the spouses to try and determine a workable child custody agreement. Illinois recently changed the language used to describe child custody. “Parental responsibilities” refers to a parent’s ability to make important decisions in a child’s life, such as where they will attend school and what religion they will practice. “Parenting time” relates to the physical care and supervision of a child. 

If you are getting divorced in Illinois and you share children with your spouse, you will be asked to create a parenting plan that describes the allocation of parenting time and parental responsibilities. If you and your spouse cannot agree on these matters, the court may need to intervene. 

Disagreements Regarding the Parenting Plan May Necessitate Court Intervention 

Parents divorcing in Illinois use a parenting agreement or parenting plan to describe how the children will be cared for. It can be difficult for many parents to reach a mutually agreeable parenting plan. Sometimes, the court orders the parents to attend mediation, where they work with a neutral third party to develop a parenting plan. 

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Understanding Parental Relocation in Illinois

 Posted on December 21, 2022 in Parental Relocation

geneva child custody lawyerThe Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act underwent significant modifications in 2016 that changed the rules regarding parental relocations. Whereas parents were once allowed to move anywhere within Illinois without getting approval from a court or the other parent, parents must now comply with a new set of guidelines.

The old law was viewed as problematic because a parent living in the Chicago area could move almost 400 miles south to Cairo without notification, while a 30 mile drive to Gary, Indiana would require approval. Under changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, moves over a certain distance require approval. The phrase “child removal” has also been replaced with relocation.

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