Illinois Family Law Blog

Family law blog by Patrick Markey, Attorney at Law

Welcome to our divorce and family law blog, updating you on the law, trends and issues affecting relationships and families.

Why I am Participating in Divorce with Respect Week

Participating in Divorce with Respect Week holds profound significance for me, rooted in my strong belief in the power of collaborative methods and mediation. Over the years, I’ve come to understand that the essence of a respectful divorce lies in resolving conflicts outside the courtroom—a task demanding considerable [...]

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Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

You have just gotten engaged, and the excitement is exhilarating. In the midst of the wedding preparations and dreams of a shared future, the question of a prenuptial agreement (prenup) might arise. But what are the pros and cons of taking this legal step? Having Important Conversations Before [...]

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The Hidden Threat of Losing Alimony or Spousal Maintenance Payments in Illinois

After a divorce is over, alimony or spousal maintenance as it’s known in Illinois serves as a financial lifeline for many people. However, what you may not realize is that you can lose receiving those spousal maintenance payments in Illinois in ways other than by getting married. The [...]

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How Do I Protect My Child’s Emotional Well-Being During Our Divorce?

Divorce is very often a tumultuous situation for the couple, but children should never get caught in the crossfire. As parents, you need to be vigilant about safeguarding your child’s emotional well-being during this challenging time. Here are some essential strategies to help you to provide a stable [...]

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Navigating The Holidays During Divorce: A Guide To Co-Parenting

The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and cherished traditions for many families. If you are divorced or in the process of getting divorced, managing the holidays can be a complex issue filled with emotions, especially when children are involved. If you’re divorced or getting divorced, [...]

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Should You Move Out During a Divorce? Consider Your Options Carefully

When a marriage reaches the point of divorce, it often raises questions and concerns. One of the common dilemmas that individuals face is whether they should move out of the house or continue living together during the divorce process. Here are some valuable tips on this topic: Don’t [...]

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7 Tips For Selecting The Right Collaborative Divorce Attorney

When seeking legal guidance for your divorce, opting for a Collaborative Divorce can make the process smoother and less adversarial. Collaborative Divorce involves you and your spouse and your attorneys working together to find amicable solutions, rather than engaging in a protracted courtroom battle. If you’re considering this [...]

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Same-Sex Divorce in Illinois

In recent years, the legal landscape regarding same-sex marriage and divorce has undergone significant changes. With the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, including Illinois, the question arises: Is a same-sex divorce any different from a heterosexual divorce in Illinois? Equality in Divorce Rights Same-sex divorce [...]

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Is Raising Children In A Bad Marriage Worse Than Getting A Divorce?

This is a question that often arises when couples find themselves in a tumultuous relationship but are unsure about how that is impacting their children. When children are exposed to high levels of conflict and hostility between their parents there is a higher risk that they will be [...]

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Can My Ex-Spouse and Kids Move Out of the Area?

The topic of relocating after a divorce is a complex issue that often arises when children are involved. While many people may think that they can just up and move with their children, the reality is that it’s not that simple. The rules and regulations surrounding relocation are [...]

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What To Expect In Mediation

If you are planning a divorce, but hope to divorce as amicably as possible, consider using mediation instead of traditional litigation. In litigation, you, and your spouse each have your own attorneys and each of you tries to be the “winner.” When it is over and the divorce [...]

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How to Divorce With Respect

First Understand your Divorce Options? Traditional Litigation. Most people have never even heard the term “Collaborative Divorce.” Instead, when they think of divorce, they think of the traditional litigation process which pits the spouses against each other, with each spouse striving to be the “winner” of the court [...]

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