Category Archives: Divorce Advice

The Financially-Trapped Marriage

The Financially-Trapped Marriage

By Nancy Bell, CFP, CDFA A man and woman marry to build a home together. But instead, many couples build boxes—and step inside them. Traditional gender roles encourage the building of these boxes, especially financial boxes. The problem with boxes, though, is they can trap women—and sometimes even men—in unhealthy marriages. TC Wealth Partners Advisor […]

Collaborative Process and the Obligations of Lawyers As “Public Citizens”

Amicable Divorce

by Sandra Crawford, JD, Mediator and Collaborative Professional For a legal dispute to be called a “Collaborative Process” each party must commit to retaining a counter-part lawyer who agrees to work under a signed Confidential Collaborative Participation Agreement as a “team” with the clients and collateral professionals required my the issues presented by the dispute. […]

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You? A lot of people are talking about collaborative divorce these days. Many people think of collaborative divorce as a “kinder and gentler” way to get a divorce. But, how can you decide if collaborative divorce right for you? Start by asking yourself these questions: 1.Are you looking for a […]

The Best Reason to Use Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

The Best Reason to Use Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

The Best Reason to Use Collaborative Divorce in Illinois by Karen Covy People choose to use collaborative divorce for a lot of reasons. It is more private than going to court. It costs less than going to trial. It provides you with more support than traditional litigation. It also preserves your relationship with your spouse […]

Seven Things You Never Knew about Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Seven Things You Never Knew about Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Seven Things You Never Knew About Collaborative Divorce in Illinois by Denise Erlich, JD The divorce process can be one of the most stressful events of a family’s life. If you’re considering a Collaborative Divorce, here are seven things to consider when choosing a divorce option: 1. Collaborative Divorce is Effective One of the most […]

Tips to Make Long Distance Co-Parenting Work

Make Long Distance Co-Parenting Work

10 Tips To Make Long-Distance Parenting Work by Paulette Janus, LCSW At times, after parents divorce, one parent may need to relocate to a distance, whether hours away or to a different county, that makes a typical co-parenting schedule difficult or even impossible. Whether this relocation is due to a better employment opportunity, or to […]

When Pets Are Part of the Family

Pets in a divorce

When Pets Are Part of the Family by Theresa Beran Kulat A new divorce client came into my office to begin the divorce process. A high-income, high net-worth professional, he and his wife had been through counseling, valued their relationship, and decided that they wanted a divorce. They had been “nesting” for over a year, […]

What To Expect During Your Divorce

What To Expect During Your Divorce by Deanna Conklin Danao, Psy.D All divorces are unique. The personalities, lawyers, assets, and issues involved create a volatile environment that can lead the divorcing parties down many different paths. No matter how the path of your divorce unfolds, there are some things that almost all divorcing spouses can […]

New Year, New Alternatives to Consider

New Year, New Alternatives to Consider by Anique Drouin, JD If you are like many people, the beginning of a new year carries with it the sense of a fresh start, a desire for change, and resolutions (oh the resolutions!) about various things…these last until about January 10th…maybe the 11th. For some people, the start […]

2016 Updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: What You Need to Know

Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

2016 Updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: What You Need to Know by Ted Hans, CFP, CDFA 1977 was an exciting year. Star Wars was released. Hotel California by the Eagles was a big hit. Horse racing’s Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew captured the public’s adoration. Roots, the novel was widely read. […]