Lottery Winnings: Alimony
May 7, 2020
Are lottery winnings to be considered income for purposes of modification of maintenance subsequent to the entry of a divorce decree? This is the exact question that was brought before the Illinois Appellate Court in the case entitled, “In re …Read More
Interim Attorneys Fees
April 26, 2020
One of the most common questions raised by a party contemplating or going through the divorce is who is responsible for the payment of attorney fees? Although generally, attorneys fees are the responsibility of the party that incurs such fees, …Read More
Restraining Orders in Illinois
April 22, 2020
When going through a divorce, at times it may become necessary to request immediate relief from the Court in the form of a Temporary Restraining Order and a Preliminary Injunction. In Illinois, a Petitioner must establish the following five elements …Read More
April 15, 2020
When getting divorced today in Illinois, did you know that courts are no longer allowed to award Sole Custody to one parent? Did you also know that courts are no longer allowed to enter Joint Custody awards either? Today, all …Read More
In the unfortunate event of having to file for divorce, did you ever wonder whether there is an advantage to filing in the City of Chicago, or filing close to your suburban home? Does it matter if you and your …Read More
Changes in Law
In Illinois, the law governing payment of Maintenance (formerly called “Alimony”) has changed on five separate occasions in the past five years; once on January 1, 2015, on January 1, 2016, on January 1, 2017, on June 1, 2018, and …Read More
How Will the New “Equal Parenting Time” Bill Affect Your Family?
February 9, 2019
On January 29, 2019, Illinois House Bill 0185, or the “Equal Parenting Time” Bill was assigned to the Illinois Judiciary-Civil Committee as part of a process which may incorporate the new bill into the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage …Read More
Can a Prenuptial Agreement Be Annulled?
January 28, 2019
Sometime a marriage doesn’t always work out the way you hope it would and you have to file for divorce. If you signed a prenuptial agreement before you were married, that doesn’t necessarily mean you signed away your rights, but …Read More
Tips to Reduce Stress as a Single Parent
December 10, 2018
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 4 children are living in a household that has only one parent. While it can be overwhelming to raise a family in a single parent household, finding ways to manage stress is …Read More
Dealing with an Abusive Spouse During a Divorce
November 15, 2018
If you are in the process of going through a divorce, it’s safe to assume that emotions are already in a heightened state. When you are dealing with an abusive spouse during the process it is very likely that the …Read More
Important Things to Do When Filing for Divorce
October 15, 2018
Have you and your spouse recently decided to file for divorce? Even when the divorce is uncontested (both parties have agreed to the divorce), the process can still be overwhelming and stressful. Divorce is a decision that will impact your …Read More
Our Prenup Doesn’t Cover Our New Assets. What Now?
April 20, 2018
Prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular as much of the negative stigma regarding these agreements is being replaced by the more rational perception that these agreements are a great way for individuals to protect important assets when going into a …Read More
Consequences of Not Paying Child Support
April 13, 2018
The State of Illinois takes child support obligations seriously. If you’re unable to pay child support, there are a number of problems that may result. Here are some of the consequences of not paying child support from the Chicago family …Read More
How to Help a Friend Who is Going Through a Divorce
January 24, 2018
A divorce is perhaps one of the most difficult ordeals that a person can go through during their lifetime. People who are going through a divorce need the support of their close friends. A trusted divorce lawyer in Chicago Ill …Read More
How Can the Law Offices of Michael P. Doman Make the Divorce Process Easier?
When you’re getting divorced, you might wonder what a Chicago Ill divorce lawyer can do for you. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make the process easier as well as help you get a better outcome. Here’s what …Read More
What is the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity?
November 28, 2017
A Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage (VAP) (or paternity) in Illinois is a document used when a child is born to unmarried parents. It establishes paternity for the child without going to court. It’s best to consult with one of the …Read More
The Rights of Father’s in Chicago
Fatherhood is an essential part of child upbringing. In the United States, 34 percent, equivalent to 24 million children, live without the biological fathers. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), while advocating for the father’s visitation rights, reports that a child who grows …Read More
Who Pays the Attorney’s Fees?
July 26, 2017
Who pays the attorney’s fees? Often times a person will wait for months, and sometimes years before filing for divorce for one simple reason… he or she cannot afford the attorney’s fees to be incurred during divorce proceedings. The Illinois …Read More
Who Pays for College When Mom Remarries?
Who pays for college when mom remarries? Many divorces are settled with the understanding that each parent’s contribution to the payment of the minor children’s college education expenses will be determined at the time each child is ready to attend …Read More
Who Outsmarts Who?
Who outsmarts who? Leave it to parties going through a divorce to come up with an underhanded scheme to attempt to gain leverage in a divorce battle. In a recent Illinois case between two spouses getting divorced, the husband, David, …Read More
What is Unlawful Parenting Time Interference?
What is unlawful parenting time interference? In a decision made in September 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court took another step in defining what constitutes Unlawful parenting time Interference. David and Jodi had been married for 19 years at the time …Read More
The Dangers of Rolling the Dice
The dangers of rolling the dice It has long been my belief that going to trial in a divorce case is the equivalent to rolling the dice in Las Vegas. You never know what you are going to get. In …Read More
So You Think You Can Be a Judge?
So you think you can be a judge? Being a Family Law judge in the Circuit Court of the State of Illinois not only requires vast amounts of patience, compassion and intellect, but also requires many judgment calls in divorce …Read More
Shall I Move In with My Boyfriend?
Shall I move in with my boyfriend? Now that the divorce rate in Illinois has been hovering around 50% for several years, many divorced individuals who are recipients of monthly alimony payments (today referred to as ‘maintenance payments’) are confronted …Read More
Sexually Active Teenagers Lose Freedom
Sexually active teenagers lose freedom As an unmarried young woman, have you ever given thought to having a child and then losing your freedom to leave Illinois? This family law topic comes to mind after I reviewed the recent Illinois …Read More
Religious Freedom After Divorce
Religious freedom after divorce In Illinois there is a law found in Section 608 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which provides that, unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the custodial parent shall determine the child’s upbringing …Read More
Premarital Agreements in Illinois; Do They Work?
Premarital agreements in Illinois; do they work? I recently read with interest that a premarital agreement drafted on behalf of Major League Baseball superstar, Barry Bonds, was ruled invalid by an Appellate Court in the State of California. This was …Read More
Let’s Make a Deal
Let’s make a deal Do you remember the popular game show, “Let’s Make a Deal?” I thought of that show when I recently read an Illinois Appellate Court case decided March 25, 2004 in which parents who were divorced twenty-one …Read More
Is Allocation of Parental Responsibilities All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Is allocation of parental responsibilities all it’s cracked up to be? Approximately 20 years ago, on January 1, 1986, the Illinois Legislature enacted a new law allowing divorcing parents to share allocation of parental responsibilities of their children after a …Read More
How Much is Enough?
How much is enough ? Once upon a time there was a very good basketball player whose girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy on February 29, 2000. This basketball player (who plays in the N.B.A.) moved in with his …Read More
How Does a Divorce Court Define “Fair”?
How does a divorce court define “fair?” On January 29, 2003, the Illinois Appellate issued a decision in a divorce case upholding a trial court decision to award 84% of the assets to the wife, and 16% of the assets …Read More
How Can Dad Change Custody?
How can dad change custody? When Fred and Wilma first got married in the town of Bedrock, they thought they would live happily ever after. They bought a house, a car, and then along came their daughter, Pebbles. Five years …Read More
Exclusive Possession: I want my husband out!
Exclusive possession: I want my husband out There is a rarely used section in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which gives a trial court authority to remove a spouse from the marital residence during the pendency of …Read More
Does Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Mean Equal Parenting Time?
Does allocation of parental responsibilities mean equal parenting time? Often times parents going through a divorce are unable to distinguish between allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. Provisions in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which govern the issues …Read More
Dissipation in Divorce Proceedings
July 25, 2017
Dissipation in divorce proceedings The issue of whether or not dissipation has occurred in a divorce case continues to remain at the forefront of many property disputes. As recently as December, 2000, the very well respected Fourth District Illinois Appellate …Read More
Child’s representative statute declared unconstitutional
Child’s representative statute declared unconstitutional On October 28, 2004 the Illinois Supreme Court issued an important decision which affects the procedure in which Illinois trial courts must handle allocation of parental responsibilities disputes. There is an often used section in …Read More
Children out of Wedlock
Children out of wedlock It has become increasingly common in today’s society for parents to give birth to children out of wedlock. Prior to July 10, 2003, the law in Illinois treated married parents differently than parents who had children …Read More
Can you be your own attorney in a divorce?
Can you be your own attorney in a divorce? Judge Grace Dickler is arguably one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and respected Judges in the Cook County Divorce Division; however, even Judge Dickler had her “hands full” in overseeing a …Read More
Can Mom Move with Dad’s Child to Another State?
Can mom move with dad’s child to another state? Approximately three years ago, this column wrote on the issue of whether, after a divorce, a custodial parent could move out of state with her child or children over the father’s …Read More
Are you receiving child support on time?
Are you receiving child support on time? There is a little known law in Illinois (750 ILCS 5/706.1 (E)) which allows a court to assess a penalty against employers who do not remit payments of child support on time. In …Read More
Are single parents chained to Illinois?
Are single parents chained to Illinois? Have you ever seen the commercial for Southwest Airlines where the ending words are, “You are now free to move about the country?” A wonderful thought for vacationers! After listening to this advertisement four …Read More
Are grandparents entitled to parenting time rights?
On August 19, 1999, the Illinois Legislature amended the provision in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act pertaining to grandparent parenting time rights. If you are a grandparent that has divorced children, you may have experienced difficulty in …Read More
Are Grandparents Entitled to Parenting Time Privileges?
Are grandparents entitled to parenting time privileges? On August 13, 2001, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld the constitutionality of the Illinois Grandparent Visitation statute in the divorce case, Michael Mehring vs. Julie Mehring. This decision was significant for all grandparents …Read More
A Million Dollar Chicago child support penalty?
A million dollar Chicago child support penalty ? On November 29, 2007, the Supreme Court of Illinois upheld a failure to pay child support penalty in the amount of $1,172,100.00. If you think this was an outrageous penalty which had …Read More
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities: Do I Have a Say?
April 14, 2017
Laws regarding parenting between divorced spouses have changed dramatically in Illinois. Once called child custody, these new laws went into effect at the beginning of 2016 and are now referred to as allocation of parental responsibilities. Ultimately, the court will …Read More
Relocating After A Divorce: Can My Custody Agreement Change?
March 31, 2017
Moving With Your Child: Things That you Will Have to Keep in Mind Your child custody arrangement typically indicates if you can move with your children. It also states how far you will be able to move. Even if your …Read More
Divorced: Who Covers The Bills While Going Through A Divorce
March 23, 2017
Making the decision to divorce is never easy, but it can be even more difficult if you cannot agree on important financial issues. The process of divorce can be long and tedious, but it is possible to work out a …Read More
Surviving a Divorce with a Strong Support System
December 27, 2016
Divorce elicits different feelings and reactions in different people. Some people don’t want to be asked questions or to have to talk about what led to the divorce, sometimes because they don’t want to face the truth themselves. Others …Read More
Effect a Divorce can have on Children this Holiday Season?
December 12, 2016
One of the most difficult adjustments that children have to make when their parents get divorced is the family not being together during holidays. Sometimes, they have to make a choice of which parent they will spend the holidays with …Read More
3 Ways to Plan for the Holidays when Divorced with Children
November 28, 2016
What makes holidays special is the family gathering together and depending on which holiday it is, sharing gifts bought for each other. When this will no longer be happening because their parents have split up, it takes a toll on …Read More
Who gets the Children during the Holiday Season?
November 11, 2016
For a lot of parents getting a divorce, the matter of child custody is the most important and stressful part of it. In Illinois, Chicago, custody has two components. One is legal custody, which is the right to make decisions …Read More
How Long does a Divorce take in Chicago?
October 24, 2016
Divorce is one of the worst things that can happen to lovers who have lived together happily, fighting and conquering the upheavals of life together. Yet it is an unnecessary evil that sometimes is inevitable to happen. However, should it …Read More
Divorce: Grey Years
October 7, 2016
You could be young and in a blossoming marriage in which divorce is foreign language. Or you could have spent years enjoying your marriage and imagining losing it after investing all your marital years in it is unimaginable. Yet grey …Read More
Child Support! Who Pays Who?
September 23, 2016
When going through a divorce with a child involved, child support almost always comes up. If you and your former spouse can agree upon no child support, it is far easier, keeps the divorce cost down and helps both of …Read More
For your Protection!
September 12, 2016
Almost everyone marries out of love. You have certain expectations and beliefs in how your wedding is going to play out. However, that isn’t always the case and sometimes you will need to look towards a divorce in Chicago. Even …Read More
Before you say ” I Do” say “I Won’t”
August 19, 2016
Some people scoff at the idea of a prenup. After all, it is basically looking past the marriage in the event of it not working out. Most of the time, people marry for love and they expect this to last. …Read More
Social Media, Cheating, and Its Effects on Your Divorce
August 8, 2016
With the rise of social media and networking sites constantly tout “getting back in touch” or “expanding your network,” it can be hard to recognize the situations you are putting yourself in. In terms of relationships, both old flames and …Read More
Love Hurts! The Cost of Divorce
July 22, 2016
If you are looking at going through with a divorce in Chicago, one of the first questions you may have is “how much will this cost?” This is a very difficult question to answer as there is nothing set in …Read More
Divorce: What Not to Do
July 8, 2016
When you’re starting divorce proceedings, you’ll be buffeted on every side by advice. Some is warranted: legal advice, advice from trusted friends, and the like. But much of it comes from well-meaning acquaintances. Constantly being told what to do can …Read More
Prenuptial Agreement: Is it valid?
June 30, 2016
There was a time when prenuptial agreements were considered pretty tacky, a breach of trust before the marriage even got off the runway. Today they are very common among couples with high financial holdings or investments. Most often, the prenuptial agreement …Read More
Domestic Violence in Child Custody Cases
June 10, 2016
A child’s exposure to domestic violence has only recently come up for consideration in child custody cases, as, in the past, it was assumed that a child’s formative years were best spent with the mother. The Family Violence Project, 1995, …Read More
Adopting Your Spouse’s Child
May 20, 2016
In many TV re-marriages, there is a touching moment when the new parent offers to adopt the spouse’s child, and the child accepts. Often this is the end of that particular plot line. But is adopting your spouse’s child from …Read More
Receiving Social Security Benefits after a Divorce
May 6, 2016
Most retirement plans revolve around social security benefits in some form or another once the person is old enough to qualify. In some cases, people don’t qualify on their own and instead benefit from spousal benefits. But after a divorce, …Read More
Ruffled Feathers: Who Gets the Pets?
April 15, 2016
Let an experienced Chicago Divorce lawyer help you! When around 50% of all households in Illinois have at least one pet, a good portion of divorces every day require thought about this issue. To some, pets are every bit a …Read More
Establishing Paternity: It’s Not as Easy as D-N-A
April 1, 2016
Work with experienced Chicago Family Law Attorneys Today! We’ve all seen the shows. The envelope comes in. The man and woman are nervous. The audience leans forward. The host unfolds the piece of paper, and out comes those words: “You …Read More
Equally vs. Equitably in a Chicago Divorce
March 16, 2016
After twenty years of marriage, Sue and Sam have decided, amicably, to divorce. Their twenty years of marriage have occurred with joint bank accounts, and finances have always been thought of under a “what’s mine is yours” criteria. Add in …Read More
Four Misconceptions Regarding Spousal Abuse
February 5, 2016
Work with a experienced Chicago Divorce Lawyer to leave an abusive relationship behind Despite statistics bordering on epidemic proportions (with up to 10 million victims a year being affected by domestic violence), abuse remains a subject that is widely misunderstood. …Read More
How Can You Help Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce?
Ending your marriage can be one of the most stressful times of your life. If this is a bad time for you, imagine how it must feel for your kids. When children’s family dynamic is suddenly changed, it can be …Read More
How do protective orders work in cases of domestic violence?
January 14, 2016
At The Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, we understand that no divorce is ever easy, but it can be especially difficult if you are trying to escape an abusive spouse. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence …Read More
What are the signs your soon-to-be-ex might be hiding assets?
Illinois is an equitable distribution state, meaning that when you divorce, your property would not necessarily be divided 50/50, but would depend on your case. This would mean that, were your case to go to court, the judge would consider …Read More
The Disappearance of At-Fault Divorce in Illinois
November 11, 2015
As of January 1, 2016, the rewritten version of the Illinois Marriage & Dissolution of Marriage Act (Public Act 99-90) will come into effect. This will come with several major changes, not the least of which is the transformation of …Read More
Implications of changed custody terms in the 2016 version of the Illinois Marriage & Dissolution Act
November 2, 2015
The law continues to develop and change as the needs of the community change. Over the past few years, there have been several major changes to the Marriage and Dissolution Act, and so a comprehensive rewrite has taken place. As …Read More
Suspected Child Abuse- Modify Chicago Custody Orders
October 16, 2015
You made it through the divorce, but you feel like your troubles have only started. You send your children to your ex for their court ordered parenting time, but you’re disturbed by how they return. Perhaps they are emotionally withdrawn …Read More
Length of Chicago Divorce Proceedings: What to Expect
September 25, 2015
Chicago divorce lengths can vary based on whether they are contested and fought in court, or whether they are resolved through mediation and arbitration. Filing the paperwork alone will take about one month, but if the participants are unable to …Read More
How to Change a Child Support Order in Chicago
September 14, 2015
You’ve been taking care of the children since the divorce and making due with the child support that comes in, but you just found out your ex has a new job and makes much more than ever before. You want …Read More
Same-Sex Divorce and Custody: Divorce In Chicago
August 20, 2015
“I should have custody of the kids, I’m their mother.” While this has historically been a convincing argument in the eyes of the court, what happens when both parents can make that claim? Or what if neither can, because they …Read More
Child Support- My ex isn’t paying! Chicago Divorce Lawyer
August 13, 2015
You already went through the pain, stress, and difficulties of obtaining the child support order, and like most of us you would expect that to be the end of it and payment to be guaranteed. The court has spoken, and …Read More
Postnuptial Agreements- What they are and why you need one: Chicago Divorce Lawyer
July 27, 2015
Most people know the term “Prenuptial Agreement”, but many are unfamiliar with the similar Postnuptial Agreement, which is basically a prenuptial agreement except it is made after a couple is already married. These documents are valuable because they can ease …Read More
I need my spouse OUT- what are my options?
July 10, 2015
Divorce is an emotionally complicated time, and continuing to live with your soon-to-be ex doesn’t make it any easier. However, as much as you may feel like your spouse should vacate, the courts will only intervene if there is a …Read More
Sole or Joint Custody- which one is right for me? Ask a Chicago Divorce Lawyer
June 18, 2015
Jessica has decided to file for divorce. Her husband, although loving at first, has grown more and more distant over the years. She feels they have nothing in common anymore and are merely roommates instead of married partners. Jessica knows …Read More