Questions To Ask Your Attorney When Preparing Your Prenuptial Agreement

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
May 14,2021

Drafting a prenuptial agreement in Illinois is important. You have worked hard for the assets you have acquired. Prenuptial agreements ensure the final say of how your assets are spilt is not determined by Illinois courts. When preparing for a consultation with your attorney about your prenuptial agreement, there are certain questions that are important […]

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Division of Stock Options

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
May 05,2021

Stock options may be included amid the property subject to division in your divorce case. Under Illinois law, stock options are categorized as marital property. However, with the aid of an experienced attorney, these matters can be negotiated. Attorney Michael J. Smith has been serving Rockford and the surrounding communities for over 40 years. 

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Child Relocations in Illinois

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Apr 29,2021

Under Illinois law, what are the guidelines that pertain to child relocations?  Ultimately, the court will look at how a move will impact the best interests of the child. The court will permit the move if it serves the child’s best interests. We can help you navigate the process of fighting for the court’s approval […]

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Modification of Child Support In Illinois

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Apr 21,2021

According to Illinois law, in order to modify child support, there must be a “substantial change in circumstances”. Things that can be considered a substantial change include changed needs of the child, or a change in income.  Attorney Michael J. Smith uses his decades of experience to help his clients arrive at appropriately set child support levels. He […]

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Current Housing Market Proves Competitive

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Apr 15,2021

The best way to sum up the current state of the housing market? It remains “hotter than ever” with “high demand and record low supply.”  This March, there were 20 percent fewer homes on the market when compared to last March.  Whether you are a buyer or a seller, you will need legal advocacy throughout […]

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Division of Retirement Assets

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Apr 07,2021

Under Illinois law, only marital property is subject to division. Unfortunately, in some cases, retirement accounts and benefits are considered marital property. Whether this situation pertains to your case depends on your unique situation.  However, there are ways to avoid the need to divide retirement accounts and benefits amid the divorce process. We can help you […]

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Tips for Emotionally Navigating the Divorce Process

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Apr 01,2021

When going through the divorce process, individuals often go through stages of grief. Learn more about these particular stages, as well as how to reach the final acceptance stage. During this stressful phase in your life, it is important to look toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Read more about the stages […]

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Spurred a Housing Boom

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Mar 24,2021

Rich Barton, chief executive of online real-estate company Zillow Group Inc. states, “Covid has catalyzed a rethinking of where we live, and why we live there, and where we work, and how we work.” In 2021, home sales rose to the highest level in 14 years and according to economists, sales will continue to rise.  […]

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Court Determinations in Child Relocation Cases

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Mar 18,2021

In child relocation cases, the court ultimately makes its decision about whether or not relocation will be allowed by taking into consideration what serves the child’s “best interests”. For representation dedicated to fighting for the outcome you hope for if relocation arises, contact Michael J. Smith Attorney at Law, LLC. Attorney Michael J Smith is […]

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What Happens to Your Small Business in an Illinois Divorce?

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Mar 10,2021

When a small business must be considered during the division of property in a divorce, we understand the challenge the situation entails. Before the division of property in an Illinois divorce, “marital” and “non-marital” property must be distinguished from each other. Sometimes, throughout the course of a marriage, a spouse may be added as an […]

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