How Can Domestic Violence Impact Family Law?

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

Domestic violence can impact many facets of family law. The court pays ample attention to domestic violence claims when making child custody determinations. If it is deemed to be in the child’s best interests, the court may even terminate parental rights. These situations can be complex and need to be handled appropriately. No matter what […]

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What Happens to Your Worker’s Compensation Claim During a Divorce?

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jun 03,2021

If you won compensation in court or through the worker’s compensation system, what will happen to your compensation in an Illinois divorce? Depending on your unique circumstances, the compensation may be considered marital property. However, some circumstances may differ. We will take a look at your unique circumstances and offer our comprehensive divorce representation. We […]

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Orders of Protection in Illinois

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
May 26,2021

When living with a domestic abuser, it can prove challenging to find a way out. In these situations, it is paramount to guard your safety.  One way to do so is by pursuing an order of protection with the help of an experienced family law attorney. An order of protection is more commonly referred to […]

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Modification of Child Support in Illinois

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
May 19,2021

When settling upon a family law agreement, the parties typically aim to create agreements that will work for a long time. However, when circumstances change, modifications may need to occur. In the case of modifying child support in Illinois, it must be shown to the court that there has been a “substantial change in circumstances”. […]

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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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