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Tina  Abramovitch Lawyer

Tina Abramovitch

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Adoption
DEDICATED TO THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY LAW

A founding partner of Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC, Tina Abramovitch is a zealous advocate of her clients’ rights in all areas of family law.... (more)

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Stephen  Botti Lawyer

Stephen Botti

Divorce & Family Law, Child Support, Child Custody, Custody & Visitation, Alimony & Spousal Support

Stephen R. Botti is a principal in the Law Firm of Botti Marinaccio Ltd. He has received an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell which is the h... (more)

Masah  Samforay Esq. Lawyer

Masah Samforay Esq.

Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Adoption, Guardianships & Conservatorships

With over a decade spent protecting Chicagoland families’ interests, Masah S. SamForay, has earned national recognition as a force for her clients. ... (more)

Cynthia H. Hutchins Lawyer

Cynthia H. Hutchins

Health Care, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Estate, Guardianships & Conservatorships
Dupage County Wills & Trusts Lawyer | Chicago Estate Planning Attorney | Estate Tax Planning

Estate planning and elder law attorney Cindy Hutchins has over 25 experience practicing law. Her law firm, the Law Office of Cynthia Hayes Hutchins, P... (more)

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Carrissa  Alvers Lawyer

Carrissa Alvers

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Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law, Divorce

CARRISSA M. ALVERS is Of Counsel to Klein, Daday, Aretos & O’Donoghue, LLC. Ms. Alvers received her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1... (more)

Bradley C. Giglio Lawyer

Bradley C. Giglio

Divorce & Family Law, Child Support, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Child Custody, Family Law
Bradley Giglio is an attorney part of the Mevorah Law Offices in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Bradley successfully tried an Order of Protection case for his client whose ex-husband was using the children as a means to harass her while avoiding ... (more)

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George S. Frederick Lawyer

George S. Frederick

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Support, Child Custody
DuPage Family Law Firm

At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, our attorneys are highly experienced in their areas of practice. If you are seeking a modification ... (more)

Dion U. Davi Lawyer

Dion U. Davi

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Divorce & Family Law, Child Support, Child Custody, Real Estate, Contract
DuPage Family Law Attorney | Wheaton Divorce Lawyer | Warrenville Law Firm | IL

Dion U. Davi, the principal and founding attorney of the Davi Law Group, LLC, is a former prosecutor for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Child Su... (more)

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William J. Stogsdill Lawyer

William J. Stogsdill

Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

William J. Stogsdill is the founder and managing member of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C, a ten-attorney firm, concentrating in domestic relations law, ... (more)

Jonathan G. Anderson Lawyer

Jonathan G. Anderson

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Criminal, Child Custody

Jonathan Anderson is the principal attorney and founder of Anderson & Associates, P.C. Mr. Anderson guided the growth of this family law firm from a o... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

ADULTERY

Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. In many states, adultery is technically a crime, though people are ra... (more...)
Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. In many states, adultery is technically a crime, though people are rarely prosecuted for it. In states that have retained fault grounds for divorce, adultery is always sufficient grounds for a divorce. In addition, some states alter the distribution of property between divorcing spouses in cases of adultery, giving less to the 'cheating' spouse.

PHYSICAL INCAPACITY

The inability of a spouse to engage in sexual intercourse with the other spouse. In some states, physical incapacity is a ground for an annulment or fault divor... (more...)
The inability of a spouse to engage in sexual intercourse with the other spouse. In some states, physical incapacity is a ground for an annulment or fault divorce, assuming the incapacity was not disclosed to the other spouse before the marriage.

COMMUNITY PROPERTY

A method for defining the ownership of property acquired during marriage, in which all earnings during marriage and all property acquired with those earnings ar... (more...)
A method for defining the ownership of property acquired during marriage, in which all earnings during marriage and all property acquired with those earnings are considered community property and all debts incurred during marriage are community property debts. Community property laws exist in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Compare equitable distribution and separate property.

ATTORNEY FEES

The payment made to a lawyer for legal services. These fees may take several forms: hourly per job or service -- for example, $350 to draft a will contingency (... (more...)
The payment made to a lawyer for legal services. These fees may take several forms: hourly per job or service -- for example, $350 to draft a will contingency (the lawyer collects a percentage of any money she wins for her client and nothing if there is no recovery), or retainer (usually a down payment as part of an hourly or per job fee agreement). Attorney fees must usually be paid by the client who hires a lawyer, though occasionally a law or contract will require the losing party of a lawsuit to pay the winner's court costs and attorney fees. For example, a contract might contain a provision that says the loser of any lawsuit between the parties to the contract will pay the winner's attorney fees. Many laws designed to protect consumers also provide for attorney fees -- for example, most state laws that require landlords to provide habitable housing also specify that a tenant who sues and wins using that law may collect attorney fees. And in family law cases -- divorce, custody and child support -- judges often have the power to order the more affluent spouse to pay the other spouse's attorney fees, even where there is no clear victor.

POT TRUST

A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One impor... (more...)
A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One important advantage of a pot trust over separate trusts is that it allows the trustee to provide for one child's unforeseen need, such as a medical emergency. But a pot trust can also make the trustee's life difficult by requiring choices about disbursing funds to the various children. A pot trust ends when the youngest child reaches a certain age, usually 18 or 21.

PALIMONY

A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other afte... (more...)
A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after they break up.

INCURABLE INSANITY

A legal reason for obtaining either a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of... (more...)
A legal reason for obtaining either a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of the spouse being divorced and that the insanity is incurable.

QUALIFIED MEDICAL CHILD SUPPORT ORDER (QMSCO)

A court order that provides health benefit coverage for the child of the noncustodial parent under that parent's group health plan.

NO-FAULT DIVORCE

Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along... (more...)
Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along. Until no-fault divorce arrived in the 1970s, the only way a person could get a divorce was to prove that the other spouse was at fault for the marriage not working. No-fault divorces are usually granted for reasons such as incompatibility, irreconcilable differences, or irretrievable or irremediable breakdown of the marriage. Also, some states allow incurable insanity as a basis for a no-fault divorce. Compare fault divorce.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Sophia GL

... Judge Love did not respond. On September 13, 2006, Andrew filed a contest to registration of the Indiana child custody determination. ... It's anticipated under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act that Judges are supposed to talk to one another. ...

In re Custody of MCC

... 518, 544 NE2d 1293. It is clear, however, that physical custody is not determined based on physical possession of the child at time the custody petition is filed. ... 690, 491 NE2d 1150 (1986) (standing "should not turn on" who had the child when the custody petition was filed). ...

Smith v. Freeman

... 1072 In Sorenson, a petition for dissolution of marriage was at issue, including child custody. ... 640, 487 NE2d 84. Moreover, since the circuit court retains jurisdiction during the child's minority, this serves as an added protection in child custody cases. ...