Rockford Family Law And Estate Planning Blog

What is the general court process for a divorce?

Filing for a divorce can be a stressful situation. It only becomes worse when you have no idea how the process works or what will happen. According to the Illinois Courts, a typical divorce with children will follow a standard path. After filing Your first step is...

3 FAQs about collaborative divorce

Like many other states in the U.S., Illinois is a no-fault divorce state. This means that neither you nor your spouse needs to prove there was wrongdoing to end your marriage. Because Illinois is a no-fault state, you may also have the option of avoiding litigation...

Confidently choosing an executor for your estate

Having an executor can bring you peace of mind knowing that someone understands your desires for the distribution of your estate. Relying on someone you trust to oversee the closure of your estate may also reduce confusion and disagreements between your surviving...

4 different types of health care directives

A health care directive allows you to make decisions about what medical treatment you would or would not like to receive in the future and communicate your wishes to your doctor and loved ones. Your health care directives take effect in the event that a medical...

Can your job increase your chances of divorce?

In marriages across the country, similarities have popped up between the leading factors that eventually tear a couple apart. For example, financial matters have driven a wedge between pairs for decades. However, recent discoveries shine a light on the fact that it...

Is accepting lump-sum spousal support a good idea?

If you stayed home to raise the kids while your soon-to-be ex-spouse worked, you may worry about your ability to support yourself after your marriage ends. Fortunately, like in other places, Illinois allows divorcing spouses to request spousal maintenance, sometimes...

Durable power of attorney laws in Illinois

If you get sick to a point where you cannot make medical and financial decisions for yourself, you will need someone you trust in Illinois to make these decisions for you. Nominating a durable power of attorney is crucial when creating your estate plan. Here are some...

What revocable trusts can and can’t do

When creating your estate plan in Illinois, you have a right to create a trust to protect your assets. The legal formation of a trust gives you a way to shelter your assets, keeping them from taxes, creditors and even fraud. Though every trust has a trustee to manage...