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Illinois Family Law Case Summaries

Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here are summaries of two recent family law cases from the Appellate Court of Illinois. PAYMENT OF OVERDUE CHILD SUPPORT – In re Marriage of Rocha When this couple divorced in 1998, the husband was ordered to pay child support of $150 per week. In 2001, three years after the initial “Judgment...

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What Your Kids Want To Say About Your Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a recent Huffington Post article, 12 Things Kids Think About Divorce But Are Too Afraid To Say, family therapist Tara Kennedy-Kline outlines what your kids probably want to tell you about the divorce, “but don't have the world experience to say directly.” She developed this list after counseli...

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Create A Workable Post-Divorce Parenting Schedule

Posted by Erin Birt | May 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

Being a parent is often challenging; parenting after a divorce can be even more so for both custodial and non-custodial parents. Creating the right parenting schedule can make this very difficult situation that much easier. From a recent article on the site SinceMyDivorce.com, here are some tips ...

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DuPage County Legal Resources

Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

For lawyers and non-lawyers alike who live in DuPage County, Illinois, the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) is a valuable resource offering educational seminars, community service programs and even social functions to bring people together. HISTORY AND MISSION STATEMENT The DCBA was charter...

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A Positive Outlook For Divorce Mediation Services

Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mediation has become a successful tool for settling family law cases such as divorce or child custody. It's actually just one part of a broad range of processes known as Family Dispute Resolution or FDR. There is a positive outlook for Illinois Divorce Mediation Services. Over the last 25 years,...

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Recent Illinois Family Law Decisions

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

In an on-going effort to share helpful information for anyone currently or previously involved in Illinois divorce proceedings, here are summaries of two recent cases from the Appellate Court of Illinois concerning paternity and a Motion Regarding Finding No Paternity. REMOVAL OF A CHILD FROM IL...

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3 Reasons To Use Mediation In An Unwanted Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

There are many reasons why it happens, but sometimes a spouse chooses to end a marriage with little or no warning to their significant other. For the unsuspecting party who didn't see it coming, this sudden life change can leave that person shocked, angry and depressed–often meaning they have no ...

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How Social Media Can Impact Your Illinois Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Social media (Facebook, Twitter, texting and more) has become a favorite way for people to share information about their lives in real time.  However, if you're involved in a divorce and/or child custody case, what you post or text can have a huge effect on the ultimate outcome, and you need to b...

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Child Custody And Visitation For Parents In Different States

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today's mobile society often creates difficult decisions for divorced parents and their children, particularly when a parent needs to move out of the state where the children reside. Last October, I wrote a blog about the importance and value of collaborative divorce for couples with children, wh...

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Making Divorce Mediation More Effective

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many people believe that a divorce mediator will resolve the issues that are stalling their Illinois divorce process. However, successful divorce mediation results from the commitment and involvement of the parties involved in the divorce, not the mediator alone.  A recent article by Sandra Crawf...

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Recent Court Decisions Worth Noting

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Below are summaries of two recent cases from the Appellate Court of Illinois. Each one has something worth noting, whether your Illinois divorce proceedings are beginning soon, presently in process, or already completed. This post will focus on child support expenses, grandparent visitation right...

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Understanding The Role of a GAL in DuPage County

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

If your Illinois divorce includes child visitation or custody arrangements, you may be assigned a Guardian Ad Litem, often referred to as a GAL. This post will help in understanding the role of a GAL in DuPage County, Illinois. In Family Court, the role of this specially trained, court-appointed...

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Modifying Child Custody After Your Illinois Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

After a divorce many couples realize that although some decisions looked great on paper, they don't always work in real life. This is particularly true for child custody agreements.  Once everyone has actually lived with the agreement, one parent may decide that they would prefer sole custody of ...

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3 Tips For A Quick Divorce In DuPage County

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Most people think that divorce is a long, drawn-out process that takes years to be finalized. The truth is that with some practical planning and professional assistance, it is possible to have your DuPage County divorce completed quickly and with a minimal amount of stress. Therefore, this post w...

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Helpful Tips For Adjusting To Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

For some of us, the end of the year is the time to leave painful memories behind and focus on new beginnings in the coming twelve months. This is particularly true if you've experienced a separation or divorce–even if it was amicable.  In my blogs and posts this year I've shared advice and tips o...

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Will Your Postnuptial Agreement Stand Up In Court?

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Illinois couples creating a postnuptial–similar to a prenuptial or premarital–agreement should carefully develop this document to ensure it will be valid and enforceable in the event of a divorce. As noted in the recent case In re Marriage of Iqbal and Khan, it's important that the document does...

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Rights of Birth Parents In Illinois Adoptions

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Illinois has enacted progressive adoption laws that protect the rights of birth parents (as well as adoptive parents) throughout the adoption process. This post will focus on Rights of Birth Parents In Illinois Adoptions. The document Birth Parents' Rights and Responsibilities in Illinois define...

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Client Feedback On Divorce Mediation And Counseling Support

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

People dealing with divorce or mental health issues have a great deal on their plates. Whether I'm working out a parenting plan through divorce mediation or performing addiction counseling, I love helping my clients find the path to a new (and hopefully happier) life. When asked, my clients are ...

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Creating New Thanksgiving Traditions After Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

For divorced couples and their families, Thanksgiving can be anything but a day of celebration. While it may always be a difficult day, creating new traditions can eventually help Thanksgiving to again become a special rather than a dreaded time of year. Thanksgiving Traditions After Divorce: H...

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Resolving Divorce Debt Issues Through Mediation

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most difficult issues for divorcing couples in Illinois is how to handle the debt that has been accumulated during the marriage. It is definitely not as simple as “handing it off” to one party or the other. This post will focus on Resolving Divorce Debt Issues Through Mediation. While...

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The Benefits of Flat Fee Divorce Services

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Divorce is a decision that comes with its own set of challenges, not the least of which is how to pay for the services of a divorce attorney. Thankfully, there are legal firms in DuPage County–such as The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, PC–that offer flat fee options for family law services to help mak...

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All Legal Services Are Not The Same

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

From online law companies to firms like the Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, PC, there are many ways to get legal services in DuPage County and Illinois as a whole. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know which option will provide the best results for your particular situation. Here are some impo...

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Divorce Mediation Builds Cohesive, Durable Solutions

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

When couples find it difficult to agree on the legal aspects of their separation or divorce because of ongoing conflict or emotional issues, divorce mediation is a proven way for both parties to come to terms on the issues that matter most to each of them.  This post will focus on how Divorce Med...

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