A Champaign Family Law Attorney Explains How to Tackle Difficult Divorce Topics

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Divorce necessitates frank discussions concerning numerous touchy subjects. It can be difficult for one or both spouses to talk about these things but doing so is essential to make divorce a more constructive process. Negotiations become even tenser when children are involved. For instance, the divorcing couple needs to make critical decisions about the allocation of parental responsibilities, and it …

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Episode 39 of Ag Law Today: Farm Divorces

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I had a great conversation with Meyer Capel shareholder Tristan Bullington, who is a talented family law and criminal law attorney.  He is part of the Bloomington, Illinois team.  You can hear the podcast here.

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Cari’s Tips on How To Have a More Zen Divorce

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Hear me talk about how you can have a move zen divorce here. My second tip may surprise you..

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Illinois Family and Animal Law: “Custody” of Pets

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As of 2018, matrimonial judges can consider the “well-being” of a pet in deciding whether there will be sole or joint ownership.  The new law expands the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”).  Now, 750 ILCS 5/503(n) states that: “If the court finds that a companion animal of the parties is a marital asset, it shall allocate the …

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Illinois Family Law: Duration of Spousal Maintenance in a Divorce

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Once it is established that a spouse will be granted maintenance, the next question is: for how long? There’s not much guess work when it comes to the duration of maintenance because it is calculated under 750 ILCS 504(b-1)(1)(B) by a formula. The length of the marriage is multiplied by: • 20% if the marriage was for 5 years or …

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Illinois Family Law: Is Adultery a Ground for Divorce?

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People oftentimes come into my office asking me this question.  As of January 1, 2016, there are no more “fault-based grounds” for divorce in Illinois. Under 750 ILCS § 401 dissolution of marriage is based on irreconcilable differences only. Specifically, it must be alleged that: 1) There is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage; 2) Efforts at reconciliation have failed; …

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Illinois Family Law: Guardian Ad Litem for Sixth Circuit

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I’m very excited to announce that I’m officially a Guardian Ad Litem for the Sixth Circuit of Illinois.  I’ve always been passionate about working with children through family law issues and excited to serve the community through this capacity.

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Illinois Family Law: Relocation with Children

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Various reasons prompt a parent to want to relocate with his or her child.  Illinois, like most states, has strict procedures to follow when requesting a relocation since the relocation often times jeopardizes the relationship and time spent with the other parent. Relocation refers to three situations in Illinois, dependent on location: The parent moving more than 25 miles from …

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