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Welcome to our divorce and family law blog, updating you on the law, trends and issues affecting relationships and families.
Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements, often get a bad rap. One spouse may resist entering into the agreement, viewing it as a document prepared with an expectation of divorce. That stigma needs to disappear, and a premarital agreement should be viewed as an insurance policy. [...]
The divorce rate in the U.S. is high and in a large percentage of cases we see at The Law Offices of Patrick Markey, P.C., one spouse wants a divorce and the other on does not. We are just as likely to represent the person who does not [...]
Selecting a divorce attorney is not always easy. You are likely upset and emotionally reeling from the fact that you have decided to get a divorce, but you need to set aside your emotions and choose to work with an attorney you trust and believe is looking out [...]
Marriage is complicated. Some spouses have thought about divorce for years before they take the step and file a petition for divorce. As for a list of reasons why a person should get a divorce, there is no one-size-fits-all criteria. Each case is unique, and the best advice [...]
If you have decided to get a divorce in Illinois, there are some decisions you need to make about how you want to get divorced. There are also legal steps you then take depending on the specific divorce process you have decided to pursue. Most people think that [...]
If you are considering a divorce in Illinois, you’ll also want to think about how the use of marijuana, alcohol, drugs, and other substances could impact your separation. How the Law Views Marijuana, Drugs, and Drinking Though it’s not legal on the federal level, marijuana is can be [...]
A lot of people think that when the final documents of the divorce settlement are signed, everything is over and complete. Not quite—there’s a good deal of financial, personal, and legal housekeeping that still needs to be done. Start with Your Divorce Settlement or Agreement It’s critical to [...]
A financial neutral has an important role on the Collaborative Divorce team, especially when the parties have complicated business, financial, or tax issues. They have experience in running financial scenarios, understanding maintenance buyouts, or other complex matters. Financial neutrals are usually CPAs or professionals with extensive financial background. [...]
DePaul University College of Law graduate, Charlotte Bliss, has recently joined the Law Offices of Patrick Markey as a new Junior Associate Attorney. Bliss will bring a diverse background not only in the legal field but also with non-profits and with a wide range of volunteer experience. Bliss [...]
Dating during a divorce is tricky because of how children may react and how it may look to others including the judge and lawyers involved in your divorce. You may feel emotionally ready to take on a new relationship, and technically, no one should be able to prevent [...]
Cryptocurrency (“Crypto”) has dominated financial news recently due to the wild gains in value over the past year. Crypto is also making news for it’s volatility. Bitcoin and other Crypto have lost about 50% of their value since peaking earlier this year. Crypto is subject to division in [...]
When parents’ divorce, a major concern is how to best provide for the interests of the children. Good co-parenting with your ex-spouse can be extremely effective, and help you and your children mentally, emotionally, and financially. Co-parenting fills the gap of how to best provide for your kids. [...]