Monthly Archives: October 2014

Family Law Acronyms: Part 1

There are many terms that are thrown around when dealing with a family law case.  Some of the terms may be recognizable, while others may be confusing.  Below are some commonly used words and definitions to help our clients gain a better understanding of family law: Alternative Dispute Resolution:  Different methods of resolving legal disputes…
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Four Defenses to Fault-Based Divorces

There are several defenses the accused spouse may use to defend a dissolution of marriage or legal separation. These include: failure of the petitioner to prove their case; provocation; accepted lifestyle; and condonation.  You may be wondering, what do all of these things mean? Failure of the Petitioner to prove their case: The petitioner has…
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When $75,000.00 is not nearly enough

We recently settled a case for a client who was horribly injured in a car accident in which she was a passenger. Her medical bills topped $400,000.00.  Her life will forever be impaired due to her terrible injuries.  The defendant’s insurance company immediately offered the full policy which we accepted.  The client did not have…
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Does Legal Separation Constitute Divorce?

Legal separation is merely a separation, not a divorce. The legal separation does not actually terminate the marriage, and it does not decide property rights, unless the parties agree that happen.  According to the Illinois Statute, 750 ILCS 5/402(a), only the party who is without fault may seek a judgment of legal separation. So why…
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