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Maxine  Weiss Kunz Lawyer

Maxine Weiss Kunz

Divorce & Family Law, Adoption, Prenuptial Agreements, Paternity, Collaborative Law

Maxine Weiss Kunz is a Founding Member and Partner of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC and has been practicing 100% family law since 2005, including tradition... (more)

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Mia Mcpherson

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Mia S. McPherson holds 20 years of experience as a Public Defender, Local Prosecutor, private criminal defense attorney, and fierce family law advocat... (more)

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Nicolas Nelson

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Nick Nelson was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2008. Since then he has focused on serving his clients and offering practical legal advice that accomp... (more)

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Steven H. Mevorah

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Steven H. Mevorah is the founder of Mevorah Law Offices LLC and began his practice in 1979. Mr. Mevorah brings significant experience to bear in achie... (more)

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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)

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Naveed S. Husain

Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Estate, Business, Immigration

Attorney Naveed Husain is the managing partner of Farooqi & Husain, LLC. He specializes in the areas of family law, estate planning, and business for... (more)

Vincent C. Machroli Lawyer

Vincent C. Machroli

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Divorce & Family Law, Paternity, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal

OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY LAW, ESTATE PLANNING, REAL ESTATE, AND BANKRUPTCY LAW At the Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C., we are ... (more)

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Angel Traub

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Angel M. Traub is a family law and estates attorney and principal owner of the all female law firm of A. Traub & Associates in Lombard, Arlington Heig... (more)

Michelle  Bugajsky Lawyer

Michelle Bugajsky

Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law

Michelle Bugajsky is a co-founder of SBK Law Group, a family law, estate planning, business law, and immigration firm with offices in Downers Grove an... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

DISSOLUTION

A term used instead of divorce in some states.

COMPLAINT

Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states a... (more...)
Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states and in some types of legal actions, such as divorce, complaints are called petitions and the person filing is called the petitioner. To complete the initial stage of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's complaint must be served on the defendant, who then has the opportunity to respond by filing an answer. In practice, few lawyers prepare complaints from scratch. Instead they use -- and sometimes modify -- pre-drafted complaints widely available in form books.

ISSUE

A term generally meaning all your children and their children down through the generations, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Also called... (more...)
A term generally meaning all your children and their children down through the generations, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Also called 'lineal descendants.'

SPLIT CUSTODY

A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. ... (more...)
A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. This arrangement is generally disfavored by judges because they are reluctant to split up siblings.

DEFAULT DIVORCE

See uncontested divorce.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM

A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. Fo... (more...)
A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. For example, a guardian ad litem (GAL) may be appointed to represent the interests of a child whose parents are locked in a contentious battle for custody, or to protect a child's interests in a lawsuit where there are allegations of child abuse. The GAL may conduct interviews and investigations, make reports to the court and participate in court hearings or mediation sessions. Sometimes called court-appointed special advocates (CASAs).

FAMILY COURT

A separate court, or more likely a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), ch... (more...)
A separate court, or more likely a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), child custody and support, guardianship, adoption, and other cases having to do with family-related issues, including the issuance of restraining orders in domestic violence cases.

INTERLOCUTORY DECREE

A court judgment that is not final until the judge decides other matters in the case or until enough time has passed to see if the interim decision is working. ... (more...)
A court judgment that is not final until the judge decides other matters in the case or until enough time has passed to see if the interim decision is working. In the past, interlocutory decrees were most often used in divorces. The terms of the divorce were set out in an interlocutory decree, which would become final only after a waiting period. The purpose of the waiting period was to allow the couple time to reconcile. They rarely did, however, so most states no longer use interlocutory decrees of divorce.

MINOR

In most states, any person under 18 years of age. All minors must be under the care of a competent adult (parent or guardian) unless they are 'emancipated'--in ... (more...)
In most states, any person under 18 years of age. All minors must be under the care of a competent adult (parent or guardian) unless they are 'emancipated'--in the military, married or living independently with court permission. Property left to a minor must be handled by an adult until the minor becomes an adult under the laws of the state where he or she lives.