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February 2017 Archives

What if my spouse hides assets during mediation?

Divorce mediation is an excellent option for many divorcing couples, but not for all. In a mediation scenario, both spouses may have great conflict, but must also be willing to resolve it fairly. If you and your spouse are both able to listen to reason and treat each other fairly given the opportunity, then divorce mediation may be a good fit, and can save you significant sums of money in court costs and attorney's fees.

What if my child's other parent is abusive?

Complying with a visitation order can be very emotionally draining, especially when a former partner or spouse has been abusive. Unfortunately, just because a spouse has an abusive past does not preclude him or her from having visitation rights to a child. However, if your child's other parent or someone in their household has abusive tendencies toward your child, then there are steps that can be taken to protect the child from further harm.

Cameras-in-courtrooms will not extend to divorces

If you've been following along with some of the recent developments in Illinois law, you have probably heard that cameras are now being brought into courtrooms. Many people may have a number of reactions to this shift in courtroom procedures, and some may reasonably worry that it might affect sensitive civil matters. These are not unfounded fears, but fortunately the new cameras-in-courtrooms laws do have limits.

Even no-fault divorces need legal counsel

Even in the best of circumstances, a divorce can be messy and complicated. In the legal sense, a marriage is seen by the court to be just as much a business relationship as a personal one, which means that the parties who are married are legally bound to each other in some surprising ways. When two spouses decide to amicably go their separate ways, they may desire to file for a no-fault divorce and dissolve the marriage quietly without involving the court. This may be a good option for some, but it does not do away with the need to consult with an attorney.

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