Contempt of Court in Illinois

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

What is the definition of “contempt of court” in an Illinois family law case? If an individual violates a court order, they may be found guilty of civil or criminal contempt. The penalties of contempt may entail imprisonment and fines. In the case of criminal contempt, an individual insults the authority of the court. Civil […]

Read More

Stay-at-Home Parents and Divorce: What You Should Know

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Aug 25,2021

Any individual should be able to maintain their standard of living following a divorce, no matter if you have a full-time job, or are a stay-at-home parent. Maintaining your standard of living is important for your well-being, and also important in terms of meeting the needs of your child. If you are a stay-at-home parent […]

Read More

Illinois Is a No-Fault Divorce State

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

Illinois is a no-fault divorce state. This means that an affair or adultery cannot have an impact on the legal outcomes of your divorce case. If you have further questions about the divorce process, or guidance throughout your case, contact Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC. We will advocate for your goals.  View More […]

Read More

Hiding Assets in an Illinois Divorce

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Aug 11,2021

Hiding assets in an Illinois divorce case is in fact illegal. Discovery of hidden assets could result in criminal charges such as contempt of court, perjury and fraud for the guilty individual. If you wish to find out if your spouse is hiding assets, contact Michael J. Smith Attorney at Law, LLC. We have the […]

Read More

Determining Custody in Illinois

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Aug 04,2021

When determining custody in Illinois, the sole factor the judge takes into account is what would serve the best interests of the child. Factors considered when deciding what situation would serve the best interests of the child include the physical and mental health of both the parent and the child, as well as if there […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More