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5 Reasons to Get a Premarital Agreement in Illinois

Rings in a divorce, Chicago, IL

Premarital Agreement in Illinois – Wedding season is coming up soon in Illinois. Couples in Chicago are planning elaborate parties, looking for a place to live and generally getting ready for adjustments in their life. However, the majority of couples do not take the time to plan their financial future which can lead to serious […]

Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation in Illinois

Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation in Illinois

Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation in Illinois – Both mediation and collaborative divorce help couples sort through a variety of issues, including child custody, the division of property and debt, retirement benefits, child support and other matters in a way that’s designed to keep both parties focused on solutions. Both processes aim to minimize expenses, streamline […]

Uniform Collaborative Law Act set to become law on January 1, 2018

Collaborative Law Chicago

Collaborative Law is finally getting the legitimacy it deserves. The Governor recently signed the Uniform Collaborative Law Act which still be law as of January 1st 2018. Illinois will join the 16 other states that recognize the Collaborative Law Process formally. The Illinois Act is based on a Uniform Law that provides legal consumers with […]

Illinois Has New Child Support Laws as of July 1, 2017

Child Support Laws

The percentage guidelines (20%, 28%, 32%, etc.) are gone. If you are setting child support after July 1, 2017, the court will apply what is called the “Income Shares” Model. A version of the Income Shares model is used in 39 other states so Illinois is now joining the majority of the country in how […]

New and Improved Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to take effect January 1, 2016 Primary tabs

Illinois Marriage

Governor Rauner signed SB 57 this year which was a major overhaul of Illinois Divorce Law. The current divorce statute (called the IMDMA) was enacted in 1977. Much has changed in society and family dynamics since then. This legislation was in the works for several years. Just like any other major statue, it was changed […]

Major changes may be coming to Illinois Family Law

A committee was established pursuant to a House resolution back by Speaker Michael Madigan rewrite the entire divorce act taking into account all the changes that have happened since it was enacted in 1977. Here are a few of the hundreds of proposed amendments to the marriage and divorce statutes: 1) No more grounds for […]

New Maintenance Statute in Illinois

Statute in Illinois

As of January 1, 2015, Illinois has a completely new statute dealing with maintenance (formerly known as alimony and sometimes called spousal support). Never before have we had a statutory formula for how to calculate maintenance. The reasons given by the drafters of the law was that Illinois judges were all over the map when […]

Collaborative Divorce vs. Mediation

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Both mediation and collaborative divorce help couples sort through a variety of issues, including child custody, the division of property and debt, retirement benefits, child support and other matters in a way that’s designed to keep both parties focused on solutions. Both processes aim to minimize expenses, streamline red tape and avoid conflict. People often […]

Divorce Can Be a Trying Experience, Let Us Help

Illinois Divorce

At the Law Offices of Patrick Markey, P.C., we strive to help our clients successfully navigate all facets of the legal separation and divorce process in Illinois, including property division and maintenance payments. Divorce can be a trying experience, let us help. Watch this video about guiding you through the process of divorce. Divorce Law […]

Collaborative Divorce and Co-Parenting in Chicago, Illinois

Dvorce in Illinois, Chicago

If you’re a parent contemplating divorce in Illinois or Chicago, you have a special motivation to consider a collaborative approach. Changes in family structure and living situation can be hard on children. A collaborative divorce can help set the tone for the co-parenting relationship that you and your former spouse will need to create. Any […]