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Protecting finances when divorcing close to retirement

With twice as many adults ages 50 and older divorcing compared to the 1990s, older couples in Illinois who are getting a divorce may not be alone. However, they may still be concerned about the outcome. A divorce happening closer to retirement could result in financial issues for some people, but couples can take steps to protect themselves.

New Illinois Divorce Laws - Removal and Relocation

Illinois divorce laws have changed, now allowing parents to move with their minor child across state lines without the Court's permission, with one catch: the move must not be more than 25 miles away from the minor child's current residence, depending on the County in which you live. Beginning on January 1, 2016 the Courts have adopted new guidelines as to relocation (formally known as "removal") of a minor child from their current residence.

New Illinois Divorce Laws - Custody and Visitation

As of January 1, 2016 Illinois has adopted new language in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act as it relates to child custody and visitation in divorce cases. These two words that we have all grown to know and love must now be removed from our vocabulary. Beginning January 1, 2016 the term "custody" is now known as "allocation of parental responsibilities". The term "visitation" has a slightly less wordy change to "parenting time". You may read the full statute here. The pertinent part is as follows:

New Divorce and Malpractice Office in Lakeview

We are excited to announce we have opened a new office in Chicago to better serve our Cook County divorce, family law and legal malpractice clients at 4003 N. Broadway Ave. #6. Located on the north side of Chicago in the Lakeview neighborhood at the corner of Irving Park Road and Broadway, our new office is conveniently located near a variety of public transportation options including the Sheridan Red Line. Directions to our new office can be found here. You may reach us by telephone at 847-816-7781.

New Illinois Maintenance (Alimony) Laws

On the first of this year, Illinois adopted new laws regarding maintenance (formerly known as alimony) in divorce cases. The changes are dramatic and have already been causing a massive shift in the way divorce cases are tried and settled throughout the state. These changes only apply to marriages in which the combined annual gross income of both parties is less than $250,000. The full text of the new maintenance (alimony) law can be read here, however the pertinent changes for purposes of this article are as follows: 

Michael Gauthier Named One of the Nation's Top 1% of Attorneys

Attorney Michael Gauthier was named one of the Nation's Top 1% of Attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The NADC employs a 4 stage selection process to determine the best lawyers in the country. According to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, this process includes: 

What Is It Like To Divorce As Twenty-Something Mom

A recent article from the Huffington Post was authored by a women who was 28 years old when her husband told her he wanted a divorce. As she says, at that time she had "a wonderful three-year-old daughter, two fantastic careers, friends, two dogs, a cat, even the proverbial wooden picket fence."  Divorce is difficult for most people of any age, but young couples divorcing have unique issues that older couples do not. The full article can be found here

How To Find The Best Divorce Lawyer For You

How do you find the best divorce lawyer for you? Notice I didn't ask how do you find the best divorce lawyer. Just like no two people are exactly alike, no two divorce cases or divorce clients are exactly alike. Finding the right divorce lawyer for you is much like choosing which car to buy or which home to purchase -one size does not fit all. The relationship between an attorney and a client is both a business relationship as well as a personal one. Most divorce attorneys can competently handle most typical divorce cases, but be sure to understand their fee structure and their experience in handling cases similar to yours. Determine whether the lawyer is a divorce attorney or an attorney who occasionally handles divorce cases. There is a huge difference between the two. Familiarity with divorce law and divorce judges can make a world of difference. Make sure you share a common approach to handling your case. This is where a breakdown in the relationship can often occur. A client may wish to take an aggressive approach, but the attorney may be predisposed to having a softer touch or wish to attempt a collaborative method to dealing with the case. Make sure during your initial consultation that you both share a common game plan for the strategy of the case. 

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Vernon Hills, IL 60061

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