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A Plain English Guide to Illinois Child Custody Laws

Illinois custody laws provide a framework for determining the allocation of parental responsibilities. These responsibilities are broken into two groups: 1) Decision-making responsibilities (legal custody) and; 2) Parenting time (visitation). When parents are in agreement as to how parental responsibilities ought to be shared they submit a joint proposed parenting plan to the court for approval. When parents are...

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How to File For Divorce in Cook County (Chicago)

If you are considering filing for divorce in Cook County, you are probably wondering where to begin. If you got here by searching for Cook County divorce forms we have just one quick piece of advice: We suggest that you consult with an attorney before trying to file for divorce on your own. We get it, it’s a pain and...

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How Much Does Divorce Cost in Illinois?

How much your Illinois divorce will cost depends almost entirely on the complexities of your circumtances. The average cost of divorce in Illinois is estimated to be ~$15,000. If you qualify for an uncontested divorce you’ll likely be able to keep your divorce costs in the $2,500 to $5,000 range. Alternatively, if your divorce is a complex matter that...

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Filing for Emergency and Temporary Custody Orders in Illinois

Illinois law allows either parent to file a request for an emergency custody order if they fear for their child’s health and safety.  Divorce can take a toll on everyone, especially your children. In a high-conflict divorce, your child could be exposed to a highly harmful environment. It’s crucial to shield your child from harm and ensure their best...

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Illinois DCFS: What Parents Need to Know About Their Rights

Fewer things are more frightening than when the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) begins an investigation because of accusations that your child was abused or neglected. You may feel that this investigation process is unclear and shrouded in mystery. However, parents have rights when the DCFS in Illinois comes knocking on their doors. If this has happened...

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How to File for Divorce in Illinois Without a Lawyer

The divorce process has a reputation for being financially draining on both spouses. The burden is so significant that more and more people are trying to learn how to file for divorce in Illinois without a lawyer. Although it may be tempting to obtain a divorce without an attorney, handling a divorce is not easy. And this difficulty is...

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Is Illinois a Community Property State?

While there are many difficult parts of going through a divorce, one of the most challenging aspects involves the distribution of property. Before a court can formally end a marriage, it must determine how to divide the couple’s assets. States use several methods when distributing assets during a divorce. When contemplating the effects of a divorce on your life,...

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High-Net-Worth Divorce in Illinois

The prospect of going through a divorce is stressful for anyone. However, for those with a high net worth, that is especially so. Not only is a high-asset divorce stressful, but it also presents very high stakes. Issues surrounding the can also become exceedingly complex, making it imperative to work with a knowledgeable and experienced high-asset divorce attorney. At...

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How Long Does Divorce Take in Illinois?

For many, the divorce process is the most stressful event they will ever go through. Divorcing parties normally just want to move on with their lives. The last thing either spouse wants is for the process to drag on. Thankfully, unlike other states, Illinois does not impose a “cooling off” period on those seeking a divorce. However, Illinois imposes...

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How Much Is Child Support in Illinois?

Once the court has allocated significant decision-making responsibility and determined a permanent parenting plan—both in the best interest of the child, it will determine the child support obligations for either or both parents. Note that the primary residential parent is not necessarily always the recipient of child support. Sometimes the parent with less parenting time receives support from the...

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