Statistics Show Divorce Is Extremely Prevalent in the United States

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

According to the American Psychological Association and the Encyclopedia of Psychology, “about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce.” In terms of the duration of subsequent marriages, the divorce rate is even higher. If you are considering divorce, or have decided to pursue a divorce, you are not alone. At […]

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Illinois Domestic Violence Statistics

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 17,2021

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 41.5 percent of women and 25.9 percent of men have experienced domestic violence in the state of Illinois. View more eye-opening statistics pertaining to the realities of domestic violence in Illinois here. At Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC. we understand that being falsely accused of domestic […]

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Maneuvering a High Asset Divorce During an Unprecedented Time

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 09,2021

How Are Assets Divided in Illinois High Asset Divorces? Illinois is an “equitable division” property state, which means that instead of being divided in half, a couple’s property will be split equitably, or fairly. However, this process becomes more complicated in a high net worth divorce, due to the fact that more assets exist. There is also […]

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American Institute of Legal Counsel Recognizes Attorney Michael J. Smith on “10 Best Attorneys” List

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

Attorney Michael J. Smith has been recognized on the American Institute of Legal Counsel’s “10 Best Attorneys” list. The prestigious list includes the top 10 attorneys by state and is heavily determined by the volume of desirable outcomes they have attained for clients. The list exists with the aim of granting notably accomplished lawyers with […]

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January Often Referred to as “Divorce Month”

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

January is often dubbed “Divorce Month” and this year, January 6 was dubbed “Divorce Day.” These terms associating January with taking actions to initiate a divorce arise due to an increase in divorce-related Google searches during the first month of the year. Lawyers additionally experience an increase in divorce related inquiries during the month of […]

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How Is Alimony Calculated in an Illinois High Asset Divorce?

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jan 20,2021

In an Illinois divorce where the combined income of both spouses is less than $500,000 there is a particular mathematical formula used in order to decide how much alimony will be awarded. In high asset divorces however, this mathematical formula is not utilized. Instead, a judge will take certain factors into consideration in order to […]

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