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More Effective Illinois Divorce Options

Posted by Erin Birt | Jul 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anyone dealing with legal issues, divorce in particular, deserves to have all the information necessary to make the best possible decisions. This can be tricky if you're not a legal professional or can't afford one to help you, but a new Illinois policy will help change this for the better. This ...

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Redefining Joint Custody in Illinois

Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The recent Illinois Appeals Court case In re Marriage of Perez shows that the courts now favor a decision of joint custody (often without naming a custodial parent) for minor children in divorce cases.  Yet this is not always the best outcome for the children, writes Champaign County Circuit Judg...

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Handling Alcohol Abuse In Divorce Mediation

Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

For divorcing families, the mediation process can be extremely helpful but also quite stressful. If anyone in the family struggles with alcohol abuse, they may manage their anxiety by coming to sessions under the influence–making the process more challenging for the mediator as well as the partic...

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A Better Father’s Day For Divorced Dads

Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Father's Day for divorced dads can be anything from bittersweet to devastatingly sad, depending on child custody and visitation decisions. According to a recent article on the website Divorce360, “Depression for men is more closely tied to the loss of children than it is to the loss of the marria...

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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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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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Is Your Spouse Ignoring The Divorce?

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

Divorce is often the best solution for a troubled marriage–but what if one spouse is not ready to accept that conclusion or one party simply wants to make the divorce process long and difficult out of spite or anger? Some couples spend months negotiating a settlement for an amicable divorce in Il...

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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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Is A Divorce Mediation Agreement Legally Binding?

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For couples who turn to mediation for resolving divorce issues in Illinois, it's essential to know whether or not the mediation agreement is enforceable as divorce settlement agreement. A common question is: is a Divorce Mediation Agreement Legally Binding? A recent Illinois Appellate Court case...

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