Category Archives: Family Law

Negotiating Your Separation Agreement with a Divorce Mediator

In recent blog posts, I have discussed the concept of separation agreements, used both as a way to give couples a break when they’re not sure whether they want to end their marriage and as a precursor or first step in full divorce experience that ensues immediately thereafter. A separation agreement is a document that outlines various answers to questions that a couple might have at the end of their marriage. For instance, your separation agreement might dictate what’s going to happen to your family home when your divorce is final, or who will be responsible for having custody of the children. Because separation agreements require both parties to agree on what happens when their marriage comes to an end, there is a lot of negotiation involved. As a divorce mediator, I’m able to help parties collaborate during this complicated process and discuss the things that are most important to them. For instance, I can provide a safe environment, where both parties can….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How to Tackle Tech After A Divorce

Deciding to get a divorce can be one of the hardest decisions you have to make. Equally as hard is the fallout from that decision. An amicable divorce process is possible, but not everyone can be so lucky. Whether the breakup was on mutual or harsh terms, it is imperative for both parties to begin to separate their property. Your tech life can hurt or help the divorce process. so it is important to comb through your online presence in order to make sure it is in your favor. Here are some tips to help. Reset Your Passwords This may come as an obvious answer, but once you’ve decided to go through with your divorce, it is important to change all the passwords on the accounts you want to keep for yourself. Your partner most likely knows most of your account passwords whether that be for bills, bank accounts, or simple streaming devices. If the break-up is ugly, it is crucial to change these passwords immediately so that no damage can be done. A key to a strong password is….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How to Win Court Approval to Relocate with Your Child

Divorced parents often try to stay in the same area in order to maximize both parents’ involvement in the lives of their children, but that is not always possible. One parent may have a career opportunity that requires relocation, or maybe they just want to move closer to their family. If the relocation distance is substantial, the other parent may object because it will affect parenting time with their children and add the burden of travel costs. These cases often must be argued in court. What Distance Does Illinois Consider a Relocation? Illinois law 750 ILCS 5/600(g) defines relocation in terms of the distance between the child’s current primary residence and the new address, as measured by an internet mapping service which provides a distance in miles driven. If the child’s current primary residence is within the Chicago metro area of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties, a move of more than 25 miles is treated as a relocation. If the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How to Get Into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition After a DUI

The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program is a special pretrial intervention program in Pennsylvania for nonviolent offenders and those convicted of their first offense of driving under the influence (DUI). This is a unique program to the state only for first time offenders who have no prior criminal convictions or prior ARD dispositions. The purpose of the ARD program is for the prompt disposition of charges without the need for time and money-consuming court proceedings. As a first time offender, the ARD program can be incredibly beneficial for you personally and professionally, and an experienced attorney can work with you to get into the ARD program after a DUI charge. How to Get Into the ARD Program A person who has been charged with a first offense DUI crime can apply to their District Attorney’s Office within 30 days of the preliminary hearing. Generally speaking, the person applying for the program must waive the right to a preliminary hearing and….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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AAML Disapproves of Brunei's New Penal Code

From PR Newswire: The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), www.aaml.org, condemns the introduction of the Brunei revised penal code, which mandates the death penalty for offences including adultery and extramarital sexual relations and homosexual acts. "The penal codes of….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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