Leveling the Playing Field This law was enacted in 1997 to allow both parties in a divorce, custody or other domestic relations case seek interim attorneys fees from the other party. The party would need to show that they do not have the ability to pay their own fees, or that the other party has […]
The term “legal separation” is almost always misused by the general public and even lawyers who do not practice in the area of family law. The term itself is very confusing, so I can understand why. Many people say they are “legally separated” from their spouse when what they really mean is that they broke […]
Most people associate divorce with dividing property equally (50/50). It is true that many cases do end up to a be a 50/50 division. I believe that is the case because it is just the easist way to do it. Here is an example: A couple is married for 50 years. One spouse (Spouse A) […]
I am taking a different approach to this post because some people benefit more from hearing what they shouldn’t do than what they should do. I tell almost all my clients that custody cases are won or lost at the beginning of the case. Critical mistakes made at the beginning of the case or before […]
Taking Care of your Mental Health is a Key to a Successful and Quicker Divorce Divorce cases are fairly easy. I can figure out how to solve most of them in a few minutes after receiving all the relevant information I need from the parties. However, it is no surprise to anyone that many divorces […]
This is my first blog post in what I hope to be many more dedicated to marriage and divorce law. As a full-time divorce attorney who does litigation, I receive many petitions and motions (also referred to as pleadings) in the mail and via fax from opposing parties and counsel. The most common pleadings I […]
Patrick Markey introduces himself and talks about the different areas of family law he specializes in. Patrick Markey, a Chicago family law attorney, specializes in family law, collaborative law, and divorce.