What Property Should You Seek in Your Illinois Divorce?

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, divorcing couples need to prepare emotionally and financially for both the divorce process and life after divorce. When preparing emotionally, you may speak with a friend, family member, or trusted counselor.  When preparing financially, your friend or family member might not be able...

A Two-Day Divorce in Illinois?

Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The traditional Illinois divorce process can last years. If you are contemplating divorce and do not want to wait several months or years, a Flat Fee Two Day Divorce plan can assist you in minimizing your time spent with an attorney and in the stressful divorce process. HOW DOES A TWO DAY DIVORC...

Moving in with Your Boyfriend? Develop a Plan

Posted by Erin Birt | May 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

More millennials and divorced people are deciding to live with their boyfriend or girlfriend in lieu of marriage. For some, marriage is not desired; for others, marriage might only be considered after a period of cohabitation. Either way, moving in with your significant other creates both persona...

Do You Need A More Private Divorce?

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our new 2017 website was created to enhance client options for a more private divorce. Check out below how our firm makes your privacy a priority. VIEW WEBSITE ANYWHERE Our new website is now compatible with any device: smart phone, tablet, laptop, computer. You can view our site privately and ...

Why Fighting Can Actually Be Productive In Divorce Mediation

Posted by Erin Birt | Aug 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

For many people, divorce mediation can be helpful at opening up channels of communication between parties to air their individual thoughts, desires, and expectations. It can also provide the opportunity for either party to air specific feelings of sadness about the divorce, fears about the futur...

Helping DuPage County Lawyers Cope With Job Stress

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

Good lawyers commit themselves to helping their clients in every possible way. While there's great satisfaction in this, there can also be a fair amount of stress that comes along with it. Add any personal issues into the mix, and the pressure can lead to unhealthy coping responses. If you are o...

Illinois Divorce Act Benefits Children

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

Illinois couples with children who are planning a divorce now or in the near future should note that Illinois divorce laws will change on January 1, 2016. The new Illinois Divorce Act will likely have a significant impact on how your divorce is ultimately resolved. Learn in this post how the new ...

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...

Reinstating An Illinois Driver’s License

Posted by Erin Birt | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

While the law firm often focuses on divorce and family matters, it also provides services relating to reinstating driving privileges. In Illinois, a DUI offense–driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs–can result in a restricted driving permit or revocation of your driver's license. In som...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Is Adultery Relevant In Illinois Divorces?

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Illinois couples dealing with adultery should know that it is not used in an Illinois divorce court except in very specific circumstances. In other words, it's often not relevant unless there are children involved or funds are being used to support the affair. This post will focus on Is Adultery ...

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...

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...

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...

Uncontested Divorce That Really Works

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ask many divorced people about their experience of the process, and you'll likely hear that it was just too much–too much aggravation, too much time, too much money. Even uncontested divorce, where both parties have reached an agreement before going to court, can be time-consuming, expensive and ...

Amended Spousal Maintenance Laws in 2015

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

Beginning January 1, 2015, significant changes will take effect in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. For divorcing couples in Illinois, 2015 will bring standardized rules for determining the amount and length of court-ordered financial support payments (aka spousal maintenanc...

Family Law In Action

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

At some point, everyone needs the assistance of an experienced legal professional. This is especially true for couples experiencing separation or divorce and their attendant issues of child custody, property division and support payments. In these situations, it can be great to have a DuPage Cou...

Erin Birt Published in November Issue of DCBA Brief

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The November issue of the DCBA Brief is out. DuPage County Family Law Attorneys Erin Birt and Elizabeth Chacko co-authored the articleThe Changing Role of the Tender Years Doctrine: Gender Bias, Parenthood, and Illinois Law” in this months DCBA Brief.  Click here to read the article on page 26. ...

Erin Birt is Vice Chair of DCBA’s Child Advocacy Committee

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

During 2013 – 2014, Erin Birt will serve as the Vice -Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association's Child Advocacy Committee.  The committee will organize and present on various topics such as child custody evaluations, juvenile criminal matters, juvenile probation matters, contested adoption matt...

Erin Birt Elected Chairman for the College of DuPage

Posted by Erin Birt | May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

On May 6, 2013, Wheaton Atorney Erin Birt was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the College of DuPage.  One of Ms. Birt's first events as the Chairman was to attend and address the graduates at the 46th Commencement for the College of DuPage. At the 46th Commencement, Chairman Birt s...

Divorce in the News & Around the Web

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

We can learn divorce lessons from others.  Below are links to divorce topics in the news and around the web for this week: PTSD After Divorce [Huffington Post] How do I pay debts after divorce? [Fox Business] When the Vows Break: Celebrity Divorce Lists Offer Opportunity to Learn from Marriage...

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