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Otto S. Hurtado

Divorce & Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody, Custody & Visitation, Collaborative Law

Otto S. Hurtado is an experienced family law attorney. He is certified as a Family Law Mediator and Guardian ad Litem. Mr. Hurtado is a Graduate of th... (more)

Emily J. Rapp Lawyer

Emily J. Rapp

Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Custody & Visitation, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

Emily J. Rapp is a well-respected family law and estate planning attorney who represents clients throughout Kane County, DuPage County, and Kendall Co... (more)

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Tricia Dawn Goostree Lawyer

Tricia Dawn Goostree

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

Tricia D. Goostree knew she wanted to be an attorney since she was a little girl. She was selected for Eastern Illinois University's mock trial in col... (more)

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Rory Thomas Weiler Lawyer

Rory Thomas Weiler

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Child Custody, Paternity

Rory T. Weiler is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) who concentrates his practice in family law, with an emphasis on case... (more)

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Stephen M. Jacobs

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Alimony & Spousal Support
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Warren G. Sylvester

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Support
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Brad Mcclain Swearingen

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Child Support, Mediation, Paternity
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Theodore Louis Kuzniar

Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  48 Years

Michael T Navigato

Employment, Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury

Stephen M. Cooper

Family Law, Alimony & Spousal Support, Divorce, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  52 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION

A legal principle, followed by most states, under which assets and earnings acquired during marriage are divided equitably (fairly) at divorce. In theory, equit... (more...)
A legal principle, followed by most states, under which assets and earnings acquired during marriage are divided equitably (fairly) at divorce. In theory, equitable means equal, but in practice it often means that the higher wage earner gets two-thirds to the lower wage earner's one-third. If a spouse obtains a fault divorce, the 'guilty' spouse may receive less than his equitable share upon divorce.

COLLUSION

Secret cooperation between two people in order to fool another. Collusion was often practiced by couples before no-fault divorce in order to make up a grounds f... (more...)
Secret cooperation between two people in order to fool another. Collusion was often practiced by couples before no-fault divorce in order to make up a grounds for divorce (such as adultery). By fabricating a permitted reason for divorce, colluding couples hoped to trick a judge into granting their freedom from the marriage. But a spouse accused of wrongdoing who later changed his or her mind about the divorce could expose the collusion to prevent the divorce from going through.

STEPCHILD

A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological ... (more...)
A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological offspring. Under the Uniform Probate Code, followed in some states, a stepchild belongs in the same class as a biological child and will inherit property left 'to my children.' In other states, a stepchild is not treated like a biological child unless he or she can prove that the parental relationship was established when he or she was a minor and that adoption would have occurred but for some legal obstacle.

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.

CUSTODIAN

A term used by the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for the person named to manage property left to a child under the terms of that Act. The custodian will manag... (more...)
A term used by the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act for the person named to manage property left to a child under the terms of that Act. The custodian will manage the property if the gift giver dies before the child has reached the age specified by state law -- usually 21. When the child reaches the specified age, he will receive the property and the custodian will have no further role in its management.

INCOMPATIBILITY

A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. C... (more...)
A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. Compare irreconcilable differences; irremediable breakdown.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court... (more...)
A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court. Many divorces proceed this way when the spouses have worked everything out and there's no reason for both to go to court -- and pay the court costs.

STEPPARENT ADOPTION

The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relativ... (more...)
The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relatively easy if the child's noncustodial parent gives consent, is dead or missing, or has abandoned the child.

HOME STUDY

An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial s... (more...)
An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial stability, marital stability, lifestyles and other social factors, physical and mental health and criminal history.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

ILLINOIS DEPT. OF HEALTHCARE v. Warner

... rights were terminated, (2) the children had been in the custody and guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS ... The parent still has a residual, common law duty to support the child, and this residual duty stands as an exception to section 17 of ...

Blum v. Koster

... terminated for some reason, a separate award for child support would be agreed upon by the parties or determined by the court. [3] E. Mirabelli, Family Law Case Update, Law Update, ISBA Annual Meeting (June 27, 2008).

AMERICAN FAMILY MUT. v. NORTHERN HERITAGE

... Pursuant to section 2-615 (735 ILCS 5/2-615 (West 2008)), the motion argued that the third amended complaint was insufficient at law for the following reasons: 1) American Family failed to plead how and when it became the subrogee of McGrath's rights of action in violation of ...