Vaccination Decisions for Divorced Parents

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

Vaccination decisions may be the latest battleground as divorced parents argue over who has the right to make medical decisions for their children. Source: https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2021/8/29/22643296/chicago-coronavirus-vaccine-vaccinating-children-students-divorced-parents-disagree-attorneys-covid

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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