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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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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Court Determinations in Child Relocation Cases

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Mar 18,2021

In child relocation cases, the court ultimately makes its decision about whether or not relocation will be allowed by taking into consideration what serves the child’s “best interests”. For representation dedicated to fighting for the outcome you hope for if relocation arises, contact Michael J. Smith Attorney at Law, LLC. Attorney Michael J Smith is […]

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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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Illinois Domestic Violence Statistics

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Feb 17,2021

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 41.5 percent of women and 25.9 percent of men have experienced domestic violence in the state of Illinois. View more eye-opening statistics pertaining to the realities of domestic violence in Illinois here. At Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC. we understand that being falsely accused of domestic […]

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January Often Referred to as “Divorce Month”

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

January is often dubbed “Divorce Month” and this year, January 6 was dubbed “Divorce Day.” These terms associating January with taking actions to initiate a divorce arise due to an increase in divorce-related Google searches during the first month of the year. Lawyers additionally experience an increase in divorce related inquiries during the month of […]

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How Is Alimony Calculated in an Illinois High Asset Divorce?

On behalf of Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law, LLC
Jan 20,2021

In an Illinois divorce where the combined income of both spouses is less than $500,000 there is a particular mathematical formula used in order to decide how much alimony will be awarded. In high asset divorces however, this mathematical formula is not utilized. Instead, a judge will take certain factors into consideration in order to […]

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