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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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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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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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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Child Relocations in Illinois

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

Under Illinois law, what are the guidelines that pertain to child relocations?  Ultimately, the court will look at how a move will impact the best interests of the child. The court will permit the move if it serves the child’s best interests. We can help you navigate the process of fighting for the court’s approval […]

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Modification of Child Support In Illinois

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

According to Illinois law, in order to modify child support, there must be a “substantial change in circumstances”. Things that can be considered a substantial change include changed needs of the child, or a change in income.  Attorney Michael J. Smith uses his decades of experience to help his clients arrive at appropriately set child support levels. He […]

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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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