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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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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 ...

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Important Change to Illinois Family Law Mediation Rules

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

In September 2013, the Mediation Council of Illinois issued the following statement about Important Change to Illinois Family Law Mediation Rules: “IMPORTANT CHANGE TO FAMILY LAW MEDIATION RULES! Effective as of September 1st, The Illinois Supreme Court expanded mediation rules with changes to ...

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Erin Birt to Present at MCI Conference 5/3/13

Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce Erin Birt to Present at MCI Conference.  DuPage County Divorce Mediator, Erin Birt, will be presenting this Friday, May 3, 2013 at an all day conference hosted by the Mediation Council of Illinois. The Mediation Council of Illinois issued the following statement: “On ...

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Quality Divorce Options located in DuPage County

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, while sitting in divorce court, I observed a woman, representing herself, engaged in a hearing with a divorce attorney. She obviously researched her issue and came to court with her organized binder, however, she unfortunately did not understand the true legal issue before the court an...

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DuPage County Mediator | November Mediation Month

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 05, 2012 | 0 Comments

DuPage County Mediator, Erin Birt, wants to remind couples and families that November is Mediation Month. The holidays are quickly approaching, client's that have not resolved issues relating to holiday parenting time or visitation can set an appointment with DuPage County Mediator Erin Birt duri...

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DuPage County Approved Mediator: Mandated Reporter?

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 06, 2012 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, DuPage County Domestic Relations Division held their mediation training for Court Approved Mediators. Erin Birt was honored to be a member of the Discussion Panel. During the discussion, the issue of mandatory reporting for child abuse was raised.  There were d...

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Child Friendly Illinois Divorce Option?

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 06, 2012 | 0 Comments

A child friendly Illinois divorce option is one that minimizes the need for court involvement & litigation and utilizes child specialists when needed.  Resolving family disputes privately and efficiently is the best option for families with children.  The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C. offers sev...

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Parenting Time for Labor Day? Mediate.

Posted by Erin Birt | Aug 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, parents that have not been able to agree upon holiday parenting time, most likely need to attend mediation prior to seeking assistance from a court.  In DuPage County, Illinois, local court rules mandate that parents attend mediation with a court approved mediator prior to seeking as...

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Stages of Illinois Family Mediation

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, divorce and/or custody cases often include mediation. Parties will likely attend mediation to assist in the resolution of disputes involving custody, parenting time, visitation, and requests to remove the child/ren from Illinois. Parties can also attend mediation, with any qualifie...

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Cameras in Illinois Courtrooms?

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, cameras may soon make their appearance in Circuit Court courtrooms. Cameras would not be permitted in cases involving juveniles, adoptions, and custody cases.  What about divorce cases that do not involve children?  More information is needed about the pilot program. This post will...

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Illinois Divorce: Case Law Update

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

In an Illinois divorce case, hiding assets or failing to disclose assets during a divorce is costly.  It may affect the classification and distribution of assets and it may be cause for a court to sanction a party.  This post will focus on Illinois Divorce: Case Law Update. A recent Illinois A...

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Conveniently Pay an Invoice Online

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 05, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C. accepts family law clients (adoption, mediation, divorce, collaborative divorce, general family law, child support, paternity, etc.) from Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, and Will County.  Understanding that it is often difficult to write...

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Divorce and Separation: Coping with the holidays

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Individuals going through a divorce or separation during the holidays can find it difficult to cope with the added stress.  This time of year is especially difficult as the holiday season is a day to day reminder of happier times or feelings of loneliness.  Just because a family is in transitio...

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Cook County Family Law: Parent Coordinator

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Families in a Cook County Divorce or Cook County Paternity case may be assigned a parent coordinator.  While a parent coordinator is often utilized in Cook County, it is not as frequently utilized in DuPage County Divorce or Paternity cases. This post will focus on Cook County Family Law: Paren...

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Mediation Month

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 03, 2011 | 0 Comments

October or November is traditionally recognized as Mediation Month by various organizations throughout North America.  The recognition helps promote and educate the public about the benefits of the alternative dispute resolution process. For those that may be unfamiliar with mediation, The Model...

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Civil Unions in Illinois

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, a civil union is a legal relationship that provides the couple with substantially the same obligations, protections, and benefits given to married couples. A civil union, however, is not a marriage.  At one time, Illinois recognized marriage as only between a man and a woman.  Not lo...

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Respond to Hurtful Statements in Divorce?

Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 02, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hurtful statements can derail and/or prolong mediation and the collaborative process.  It is a common occurrence which must be addressed immediately in order to stay focused on the main goal of resolving a legal issue. This post will focus on whether to Respond to Hurtful Statements in Divorce? ...

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Child Support Discussion Topics

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 08, 2011 | 0 Comments

People get heated about finances.  They become especially angry about child support and any delay in the payment of child support.  Such feelings are understandable.  The anger and strong emotions felt during the stressful time when no support is being paid causes many people to run to the cour...

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New Beginnings?

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 05, 2011 | 0 Comments

The holidays are over.  While the holiday season is one of joy, anticipation, excitement, etc., it is also a time of stress for some.  Many people take time during the holidays to analyze what they want in life and how they are going to alleviate stress and change.  Many people come to the conc...

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Emotional Stages of Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Similar to the grieving process, there are emotional stages that a person will go through upon learning that their marriage is over. This post will focus on the Emotional Stages of Divorce. The team members of your divorce can help you as you work through the following stages: Shock and disbe...

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Collaborative Divorce Cases In Illinois

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

This post will highlight the benefits of Collaborative Divorce Cases In Illinois. Below are examples of the benefits of Collaborative Divorce shared by members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals: An Atlanta couple of 16 years entered into a ‘new' relationship with th...

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