Common Classes of Property that are Excluded from the Marital Estate

When a couple divorces, , Illinois law requires that all of the property and assets owned by the couple be equitably – or fairly – divided. However, not everything they own will be divided, as...

How is Parenting Time Determined in Illinois?

How is Parenting Time Determined in Illinois? Whenever two parents are getting divorced or no longer are in a relationship, the question of parenting time will need to be addressed. In most cases, each parent...

Is Your Professional Degree Marital Property?

Is Your Professional Degree Marital Property? Many spouses help one another reach their educational and professional goals during the marriage. One spouse may make sacrifices or put their own goals on hold so the other...

Facebook & Social Media & Parenting and Property Division

Facebook & Social Media & Parenting and Property Division Social media is a phenomenon. In fact, it is reported that 7 in 10 adults now use social media. Generally, any information posted on a social...

Special Considerations in High-Asset Divorces in Illinois

Special Considerations in High-Asset Divorces in Illinois A divorce can carry complex emotions. Prolonging the time, money, and effort necessary to finalize a divorce is something most spouses attempt to avoid. However, when it comes...

Recent Changes to Illinois Child Relocation Laws

Recent Changes to Illinois Child Relocation Laws  Often after a bitter divorce and subsequent parenting battle, parents and children alike may be looking for a fresh start. Whether it’s for a new job, school, or...

New Illinois Child Custody & Parenting Time Laws

No More Child Custody under Illinois Law: What the Allocation of Parenting Time and Parental Responsibilities May Mean for Your Divorce On January 1, 2016, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, which governs family...

How Your Use of Social Media Use Can Impact Your Divorce

How Your Use of Social Media Use Can Impact Your Divorce You’ve just found out that your spouse has been cheating on you in a long term affair.  To make matters worse, he tells you...

What Does Legal Custody of Children Mean?

What Does Legal Custody of Children Mean? Legal custody means that the parent who has been awarded with legal custody of their children are vested with the power to make decisions on behalf of their...

Do Illinois Courts Favor Mothers Over Fathers in Child Custody Matters?

Do Illinois Courts Favor Mothers Over Fathers in Child Custody Matters? The short answer to this question is that Illinois courts do not favor mothers over fathers in custody determinations.  It’s helpful to understand how...

Winnebago County Divorce Lawyer

Winnebago County Divorce As a Rockford native and Winnebago County divorce lawyer, Attorney James Teeter offers experience, affordable fees, credit card acceptance, and dedication to getting the best results possible Rockford is the seat of...

I was just served with divorce papers, how quickly should I get an attorney?

I was just served with divorce papers, how quickly should I get an attorney? The short answer – you should hire an attorney immediately. Many times when divorce papers are served, they are also served...

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

What is an Uncontested Divorce? An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties agree on all of the issues including the grounds for the divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Maintenance, and  Property Division.

How quickly can my divorce be finalized?

How quickly can my divorce be finalized? This is a very common question.  Depending upon the circumstances and grounds pleaded, an uncontested divorce can be over within a matter of weeks, while a contested divorce...

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

How Much Will My Divorce Cost? There are two ways to look at this question. What will your attorney fees be, or what will be the true total cost of your divorce considering attorney fees,...

I was just served with a Petition for Dissolution, can I represent myself?

I was just served with a Petition for Dissolution, can I represent myself? Yes you can, but the real question you should ask yourself is should I represent myself. The more complex your divorce is,...

I am contemplating filing for divorce. Should I be concerned if my spouse files first?

I am contemplating filing for divorce. Should I be concerned if my spouse files first? Generally speaking, as most divorce cases are settled, it does not matter who files first. There are some advantages in...

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