What Do Prenups Oftentimes Discuss?

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I note three key issues usually discussed in prenuptial agreements in this short video.  They are the identification of separate/ marital property, spousal maintenance and estate rights. Interested in a free 15 minute consultation on a nuptial agreement? Please contact cari@rinckerlaw.com or call (217) 531-2179.

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Illinois Prenups: What You Need to Know to Get Started

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Do I need a prenup before I get married? No one gets married with the intention of getting divorced, but it is always a good idea to protect your rights and your property in the event that life does not goes as planned, regardless of your financial circumstances. Divorce is inevitably complicated, contentious, and unpredictable.  In Illinois, the law requires …

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Client Cosmolex Portal

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Rincker Law, PLLC has been using Cosmolex for the last year.  Cosmolex offers an opportunity for us to have a Client Cosmolex Portal.  Client invoices, court pleadings, and correspondence is saved into your Cosmolex portal.  You are also able to upload documents into the portal to send them to us.  This can work great for confidential documents such as tax …

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It’s Prenup Season Folks for Summer Weddings- Here Are a Few Quick Tips to Keep in Mind

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This time of year is my favorite season — and sometimes I refer to it as Prenup Season. Why? Couples planning to tie the knot this spring or summer may be considering a prenup.  I also posted a quick video here on the topic. Here are three tips for the betrothed who want a prenuptial agreement: The sooner, the better. …

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Doing the Pandemic Pivot: Consider Using “Virtual Mediation” to Resolve Your Dispute

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Boy, life has changed in the last month.  A client told me that it happened like an avalanche and I could not agree more.  I have been conducting meditations via Zoom and GoToMeeting  and it has been working great.  I have also been referring clients to virtual/online and they have had nice experiences so far.  Pandemics force us to change …

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COBRA Basics for Divorcing Families

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As a divorce attorney, I get a lot of questions about Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”).  More specific information relating to your family’s health insurance should be investigated by you and your spouse via the applicable employer. Generally speaking, COBRA is governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and applies to covered employees, their spouses, their former …

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A Closer Look at the Pet “Custody” (or Pet Allocation) in Illinois

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A recent Champaign County case was decided concerning the division of property concerning pets in a divorce.  In the case of IRMO Montgomery v. Montgomery, a childless couple had two Shih Tzu dogs together that were about one year apart in age.  Both proved to be fit owners and the Husband had both dogs when the Wife moved out.  Later, …

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Ask Kym: Does my Spouse Have a Duty to Preserve Evidence?

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As if there are not enough things to think about when beginning the divorce process, it is imperative that parties preserve evidence, even when merely the prospect of divorce litigation is present.  Thus, the duty to preserve evidence is triggered when there is probable, likely or reasonably anticipated litigation. See Shimanovsky v. General Motors  Corp. 181 Ill.2d 112, 121 (1998) …

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NALC Fact Sheet: Animal Law Issues in Farm and Ranch Divorces

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There are a myriad of animal law issues affecting farm and ranch families who are going through a divorce (both with companion animals but also livestock and frozen genetics).  Read my Fact Sheet with the National Agriculture Law Center here.  Don’t forget to check out all my NALC Fact Sheets on family law issues with agriculture here.

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NALC Fact Sheet: Orders of Protections for Farm and Ranch Families

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Sometimes farm and ranch families have domestic violence issues (as do all types of families).  I worked on a Fact Sheet on Orders of Protection for the National Agriculture Law Center here.  You can read all my fact sheets as it relates to family law issues with agriculture here.

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NALC Fact Sheet: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Farm and Ranch Divorces

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If you follow me then you know that I loooooove Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In fact, I’m a trained mediator myself and I teach mediation as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois School of Law.  There is nothing that gives my heart more joy (well, except for puppies and baby goats) when I am able to resolve divorces through …

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Who Claims the Child(ren) as Tax Dependents under Illinois Law?

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In Illinois, it is within the trial court’s discretion to give the dependency status to one parent because the tax dependency issue is viewed as an issue of support. In re Marriage of Evanoff and Tomasek, 2016 IL App (1st) 150017 (1st Dist. 2016), In re Marriage of Sawicki, 346 Ill.App.3d 1107 (3rd Dist. 2004).  If a court allows the …

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