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How to File for Legal Separation in Illinois

When a marriage breaks down, many couples opt to file for divorce. However, what if you want something less permanent? Another option is to file for legal separation in Illinois. Under a legal separation in Illinois, you are still legally married to your spouse but living apart. Your separation agreement can dictate child support and custody if you have...

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How Does Alimony Work in Illinois?

Negotiating all the details of a divorce can take an emotional and financial toll on both spouses. Discussing financial topics can cause friction even in an amicable divorce. One of the most contentious topics involves the allocation of alimony. Alimony in Illinois is referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance. Spousal support maintenance is governed by the Illinois...

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Child Custody Rights of Unmarried Parents in Illinois

Illinois custody laws for unmarried parents and married parents provide the same rights and obligations, but with one huge exception: The state automatically recognizes paternity if the child’s father is married to the mother. However, paternity is not automatically recognized if the parents are not married. For an unmarried father to enjoy the same rights as married parents, he...

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How to Win Sole Custody in Illinois

If you are facing divorce, or if you are having issues with your child’s other parent, you may be wondering how – and whether – you can win sole custody of your child. Can I Get Sole Custody in Illinois? If you want the sole ability to make decisions about your child and sole physical possession, you may be...

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How to Prepare an Effective Illinois Parenting Plan

Going through a divorce is stressful, but it can be even more challenging when minor children are involved. Agreeing to a co-parenting arrangement is something many couples struggle with. Before the court will finalize your divorce agreement, you must have an Illinois parenting plan in place. Click to download the official Illinois parenting plan form. If you need assistance...

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How to Get an Uncontested Divorce in Illinois

If you and your spouse agree on all of the significant matters related to your divorce – the division of assets, spousal support, child custody, and child support – then you will probably want to seek an uncontested divorce in Illinois. At Vantage Group Legal Services we specialize in helping folks complete their uncontested divorce quickly and affordably. Rather...

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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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