Divorce – What About the House?

Divorce - what about the house

Couples often come into the divorce process with an emotional attachment to the house. Their attitude is a firm “I want the house.” They may not understand what that entails or even if it is financially feasible. It is important to understand the costs involved in keeping and maintaining the house as well as whether they qualify for a mortgage. …

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How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

How much will my divorce cost

The answer to the question, “How much does a divorce cost?” is a resounding ‘it all depends’. It depends on how much you want to fight and how much you want to spend. Traditional litigation is typically the most expensive way to get a divorce. Mediation, wherein a neutral third party who facilitates conversations regarding …

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Collaborative Practice Series – Part 3: A Team Centered around Your Family

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Collaborative Divorce: A Team Centered around Your Family Introduction: Going through divorce can make you feel isolated and alone, unsure of where to turn to for support and advice. Unlike traditional divorce, Collaborative Practice provides a team of skilled professionals to help you manage the many aspects of the divorce process. The Collaborative Team: Family …

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Collaborative Practice Series – Part 2: A Better Way to Divorce

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Introduction: Collaborative Divorce is a better process in which a divorcing couple, together with trained professionals, work as a team to resolve disputes respectfully without going to court. The Principles of Collaborative Practice: Couples going through divorce can experience confusion, anger, and loss. Under such circumstances, you may find it difficult to see an end …

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Collaborative Divorce Practice Series – Part 1: How to Divorce Without Going to Court

Introduction The end of a marriage or relationship is challenging enough and leaves many couples fearful of long, drawn-out court battles and endless attorneys fees. But there is a better way. Collaborative Divorce is a practice that puts you in control of your legal process with the support you need to transition into a new …

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DIY Divorce

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While DIY divorce is certainly allowed under Illinois law, there are numerous steps to representing yourself in court. To help you along the way, here are 10 things you must know when conducting DIY divorce. 1) You Can Represent Yourself in a DIY Divorce In general, some parties are eligible for a “joint simplified dissolution” …

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CoParenting Behavior Under Executive Order

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Introduction As we all continue to adapt to COVID 19 pandemic, coparenting behavior is still at the forefront. The Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions team understands that situations can be especially challenging for divorced and separated parents that are trying to coparent during this crisis. We recently received a letter from the Honorable Judges Matekaitis and …

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Stay at Home CoParenting from Family Lawyers

Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions LLC Stay at Home CoParenting

Introduction On March 20, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker issued a “Stay at Home” executive order. This introduces new questions for “Stay at Home” coparenting, surrounding parenting time, healthcare, and education. The Legal Solutions team understands that you have questions regarding COVID-19 and the impact it has upon your family. Remember, through your children, you are …

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Illinois Collaborative Process Act

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According to Margaret Bennett, an Illinois Family Law Attorney and drafter of family law legislation, “The passage of the Illinois Collaborative Process Act is the final phase of the complete overhaul of Illinois family law statutes. The Illinois Collaborative Process Act follows the rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the Parentage Act of 2015 and the new income shares child support legislation. Illinois is now one of the leaders in child centric and family focused legislation.”