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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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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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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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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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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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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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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