Impact of Shelter in Place Order on Visitation and Parenting Time Exchanges in DuPage County and Beyond

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Now that the Governor of Illinois has issued a Shelter in Place Order, what is the impact of the order on Visitation and Parenting Time exchanges in DuPage County and beyond? There are two emerging positions to consider how custody agreements are impacted by the Executive Order to Shelter in Place. Some feel the child stays with the parent currently in possession of the child when the Shelter in Place Order went into effect. Others feel that travel for the purpose of complying with a parenting time order is essential travel and thus parenting time and visitation exchanges shall still occur.

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Divorce in DuPage County During the Illinois Shelter in Place

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Don't let the recent news and orders prevent you from seeking divorce and family law services to help you live a better family life for yourself and your children. During these challenging times, we recommend a shift away from the traditional ways to divorce and co-parent and toward utilizing the time-tested and proven-effective alternative dispute resolution options that Birt Law has been successfully practicing for over 15 years.

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COVID -19 Updates for DuPage County Divorce Cases

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

DuPage County Divorce Court Operating on Limited Basis The DuPage County Divorce Courthouse is currently operating under various restrictions and all civil matters, which include all DuPage County Divorce Cases and all DuPage County Parentage Cases, previously scheduled through April 17, 2020 ar...

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Law Firm Open During COVID-19 Closures

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is having a significant impact on all families and businesses, including law firms and the court system, and during these confusing times you should not have to worry about putting off your legal goals or worry about the progress of your family law or divorce case. Our firm remains open to assist you and to work toward resolving your case.

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Average Cost of DuPage County Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

According to the newly released 2018 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois ranks #13 for highest average cost for a divorce with or without children. Learn why divorce can be expensive and tips for controlling divorce related costs in DuPage County and throughout Illinois.

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3 Signs Your DuPage County Divorce is Finally Over

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

You might feel like your DuPage County Divorce will never end. You seem to have endless paperwork to complete, telephone conferences with your Divorce Lawyer, and emotional conversations with friends and family. You often wonder: When will my divorce be over? In this blog, we will summarize 3 signs that your DuPage County Divorce is finally over.

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Estimated Costs for a Child Custody Case in DuPage County

Posted by Erin Birt | May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are contemplating divorcing or asking for child support, you are likely thinking about the cost to hire a child support attorney, whether custody mediation is worth it, and how much are the estimated costs for a child custody case in DuPage County? There are many similar questions, and in ...

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Parental Alienation from a Child’s Perspective in Illinois

Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently the DuPage County Bar Association's Family Law Committee focused on Parental Alienation from a Child's Perspective in Illinois which we will highlight in this post. In a previous post, I focused on the Illinois case law that further explains Parental Alienation and in this post I will hi...

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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...

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Hidden Assets During Your Illinois Divorce?

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

We have previously discussed how courts look at assets and how different methods of divorce disclose and find assets.  Do you know, however, that most couples don't even know what assets make up their total marital estate? So if you don't know what assets make up your marital estate, how do you k...

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What to Expect at a DuPage County Divorce Pretrial Conference

Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

A contested DuPage County Divorce can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years or more in the court system.  In an earlier post, I highlighted Tips for Your Final Divorce Hearing, but what if you need help getting to your final divorce hearing?  By hiring DuPage County Divorce Attorney Erin Birt yo...

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Tips For Your Final Divorce Hearing

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Your divorce planning is done and your final divorce hearing, or Prove Up Hearing, has arrived.  This is when the divorcing parties formally request that the judge approve the terms of their settlement, enter a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage, and finalize the case. Below are some tips for y...

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Facts and Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

There's been little or no fighting. You're on relatively good terms with each other. You actually even like each other. It's just that you don't love each other any longer and divorce is the inevitable outcome. In situations like this–and even ones with more emotion–collaborative divorce planning...

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Parental Alienation – Case Law Update

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, parental alienation is the programming of a child by the alienating parent to believe that one parent is good and the other parent is bad with the goal that the child completely rejects the other parent. In 2012, I discussed the Illinois custody case, In re the Marriage of D.T.W., w...

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Getting a Divorce in Illinois in 2019?

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you considering getting a divorce in Illinois in 2019? The first month of 2019 is already over, Happy New Year! 2019 is off to a fast start so today I will provide easy tips to help you finish your Illinois divorce in 2019. In my previous post, When to Get a Divorce, I discussed divorce timin...

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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, Mackenzie Bezos, have announced that they will divorce after 25 years of marriage.  They made the announcement on January 9, 2019, however, they revealed that their family and friends have known for some time that they planned to divorce.  Reportedly the ri...

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Mental Health Questions to Ask Your Illinois Divorce Attorney

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Serious mental illnesses such as depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia impact over half a million adult Illinois residents.  The need to address serious mental illnesses during a divorce is becoming more common and it is important to use an attorney that has experience and ex...

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Mental Health and Divorce in Illinois

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and serious psychological distress can increase the risk of divorce in Illinois. It is important for the person to receive the appropriate treatment and it is just as important that they have ongoing treatment and support during the divo...

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Can you Turn your Break-Up Into a Positive Experience?

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you're playing sad love songs on repeat, eating pints of ice cream in one sitting, and sobbing on your bedroom floor, it sounds like you may have recently gone through a break-up. As Peter Gamlen stated in this article, you do not have to remain down, you can turn your most recent split into ...

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Parenting Time Exchanges can Affect Children

Posted by Erin Birt | Aug 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Putting children in the middle of a messy divorce or custody battle is never the answer. What did they do to deserve this? What could they have done to help? Nothing. A child should never feel as though they are the problem in an adult's relationship. Jerry Davich bravely wrote about the custody...

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