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
Changes in Law
April 15, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
Child’s representative statute declared unconstitutional
July 25, 2017
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chicago Divorce: 10 Things You Need To Know
April 16, 2015
Chicago Divorce: 10 Things You Need To Know Divorce brings about a wide range of emotions for all parties involved- spouses and children especially. With so many things changing, deciding what to have for lunch can be difficult, let alone …Read More