There is not a "Real Housewives" franchise in Lake County -- that we know of -- but that does not mean we cannot learn from the shows and their stars. Bethenny Frankel's split with her husband, for example, points out some important ways that other areas of the law dovetail with family law. In Frankel's case, real estate law is dictating how she and her husband proceed with their divorce.
If you thought Big Oil was a thing of the past, you were wrong. The oil barons of the prime-time soap operas of the 1970s were nothing like today's oil industry heavy hitters -- for the most part. For one thing, both husband and wife in a recent divorce case are heavy hitters at the company that made them billionaires.
We are continuing our discussion from our last post about the increasing number of divorces among Americans 50-years-old and older. A later-in-life divorce poses certain challenges, especially with retirement planning. And, unfortunately, the trend away from spousal maintenance in Illinois and elsewhere can mean a dramatic change in circumstances for women who spent part or all of their marriages at home.
It is no secret that the Baby Boom generation is nearing retirement. It is no secret, either, that the divorce rate among Americans age 50 and over is on the rise. Between 1990 and 2010, the divorce rate doubled for that population; one in four Boomer marriages failed. Welcome to the phenomenon known as "gray divorce."
His Congressional campaign ended in defeat, but former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh has launched a new campaign -- this time in family court. Walsh filed a petition to terminate his child support obligations in February, although the Illinois native claims he only meant to modify his payments.