Religious Training Decisions With Young Children

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

If two parties do not agree upon how they would like their young child to be religiously educated, then the court will make the decision after taking into account what is in the child’s best interests. A Guardian Ad Litem or Custody Evaluator may become involved in these cases. If you need guidance through your […]

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Legal Seperation vs Legal Divorce

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

If a couple chooses to separate instead of legally divorcing, it can be due to many possible which include: -The couple is unsure if they would like to pursue a divorce, and are using the separation as a trial period. -The couple is unable to divorce due to certain religious to spiritual beliefs. -The couple […]

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Co-Parenting Tips

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

A bulletproof co-parenting plan is vital in the event of a divorce. Here are some helpful co-parenting tips, that will encourage healthy communication. Some of these tips include sticking to a schedule, and taking advantage of technology. For compassionate guidance throughout your family law case, contact Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law. Attorney Michael J. […]

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Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jul 08,2021

Did you know that in 2016, a language change was made to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act? This change took away the words “visitation” and “custody”. They were replaced with the terms “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time”. If you would like to learn more about updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution […]

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Illinois Child Support

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

In July of 17, a new law that changed the way child support is calculated in Illinois went into effect. The law implemented an income shared approach when it comes to calculating child support. Child support is now calculated according to the combined net income of the parents. If you need guidance throughout your divorce […]

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Difference Between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jun 22,2021

What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce? In a contested divorce, the spouses do not agree on all divorce terms. Disagreements may arise pertaining to issues such as division of marital property or parenting time. In an uncontested divorce however, the spouses do not have disagreements about any of the divorce terms. […]

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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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