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MAJOR NEWS: We No Longer Need Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

The Illinois law that governs divorce is known as the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.(“IMDMA”). This law has just undergone a major overhaul, which was effective January 1, 2016. Senate Bill 57, which amends IMDMA, has been signed into law by the governor, and is now official. Continue reading MAJOR NEWS: We No Longer Need Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

Dealing with Infidelity

You’ve been struggling with suspicions and now the truth – your spouse has been having an affair.  It feels as though your heart and soul have been ripped out, and it hurts.

“Infidelity stabs you over and over, at least initially,” says Dr. Bob Huizenga, marriage and family therapist, psychotherapist and author of Break Free from the Affair.  Dr. Huizenga says it’s imperative to get a hold of your feelings. This doesn’t mean getting rid of these awful feelings, just managing them. Continue reading Dealing with Infidelity

What to Tell the Children

When it comes to understanding the dynamics of a divorce on children a leading expert in the field is Rosalind Sedacca, CCT. Her new book How Do I Tell the Kids has been acclaimed by divorce professionals far and wide. Her website is a veritable wealth of information. Continue reading What to Tell the Children

Cooperative Divorce Law

Cooperative divorce law has just arrived in Illinois. It is our newest anti-war settlement process. Cooperative divorce joins mediation and collaborative law as our third alternative to fighting it out in court.

The purpose of mediation, collaborative law, and cooperative divorce law is to guide divorcing parties through the dissolution process in a way that enables them to reach an out of court settlement. Continue reading Cooperative Divorce Law

Getting Your Spouse to Settle Out of Court – Should You Make the First Offer?

Conventional wisdom has always warned against being the one to make the first offer during divorce negotiations, strongly advising us to wait for the other side to go first. This point of view insists that the party making the first offer rings a bell that can never be un-rung, that it shortens the playing field, and that it sets a limit on the best deal the offer-making party can ever expect to receive. Continue reading Getting Your Spouse to Settle Out of Court – Should You Make the First Offer?

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