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 ...
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...
Posted by Erin Birt | Aug 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is a Prenuptial agreement setting up your marriage for failure? According to Bryan Meltz from the New York Times, it could make your marriage stronger financially.
Millennials are now tackling marriage agreements as a team rather than having one party feel forced into something they consider a “...
Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Divorces happen more often than we would like to think, however, most people still learn about divorce from celebrities. Well, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston just announced that they split amicably at the end of 2017. It appears they are trying to work out their differences privately and po...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 02, 2018 | 0 Comments
There is a new Illinois Pet Custody Law. Starting January 1, 2018, Illinois Judges can consider the well-being of a pet when awarding sole or joint ownership during a divorce. Previously, pets were considered property. The pet, as well as the financial responsibility for the pet, was simply al...
Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Deciding to sell or buy a house when going through a divorce can be a challenge. An article recently shared on The Washington Post explains that in divorce, it is easy to become attached to assets, especially a home. However, that emotional attachment may not lead to the most financially responsi...
Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Finances can be the source of many problems in a relationship. It is not merely the nuts and bolts of whether you will have joint accounts or maintain separate accounts, or who is responsible for paying which bills. Having mutually agreed to goals and processes for saving and spending money can b...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jul 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
How does a parent contemplating divorce or separation keep a child feeling loved, supported, and safe? This is a question often posed by clients and it was covered recently in an article published by The Washington Post, “Separating parents want what's best for their 2-year-old. What is that?” He...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jul 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
If you and your spouse mutually agree that it's time to divorce—and you feel you can easily reach a consensus about important issues—an uncontested divorce may be the right choice for you. It's fast, it avoids the courtroom, and it's much cheaper than a “traditional” divorce.
THE CRITICAL ISSUES...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Some divorces are a huge surprise to both the couple and their families. Other can be seen coming from a long way off, well before the wedding.
A recent Huffington Post article offered thoughts from counselors and divorce mediators on how to know whether you're really ready for marriage.
Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
In many of my blogs, I discuss how mediation and collaboration are effective divorce planning alternatives compared to court-room litigation.
While both are inexpensive compared to litigation, these are actually two very distinct processes, and it's important to learn about each one in order to ...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jun 02, 2016 | 0 Comments
Divorce itself is difficult enough. Add animosity and lack of cooperation into the picture and the process becomes lengthy, expensive, and sometimes emotionally destructive.
From a Huffington Post article by Conflict Resolution Specialist Elizabeth Esrey, here are some facts about high-conflict ...
Posted by Erin Birt | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Hiring the right lawyer can be a critical decision in any legal matter, but it can be invaluable in your divorce planning–especially if the process will include some type of family mediation or collaboration.
In a recent article on Mediate.com, mediator Justin Kelsey outlines some effective ques...
Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
If the cost of an attorney is keeping you from finalizing your Illinois divorce, Limited Scope representation could help you complete the process effectively without spending more than you would like or can afford.
In short, you're hiring a lawyer to help you represent yourself.
HOW DOES IT WOR...
Posted by Erin Birt | Apr 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
Your first marriage ended in divorce, but you and your ex used divorce mediation to set up a workable parenting plan for your minor children. Now your second marriage is ending, and your current spouse wants you to rework that initial parenting plan in favor of your current family.
The good news...
Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Social media has become the place to share meaningful life occasions such as birthdays, engagements, marriages…and now divorces.
ENTER “DIVORCE SELFIES”
The growing trend of “divorce selfies” shows newly divorced couples happily together, often outside the courthouse, after finalizing this majo...
Posted by Erin Birt | Mar 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Summarized below are two recent court rulings involving spousal maintenance and child custody issues in two Illinois divorce cases.
SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE – In re Marriage of Roberts
After 37 years of marriage, a public school teacher filed for dissolution of marriage from her husband, a disabled ...
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...
Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
Divorce planning for parents with a child in or on route to college includes navigating some potentially difficult issues to ensure the best possible financial aid benefits.
According to a recent article by Andrea Williams on USNews.com, there are three specific areas that can affect the child's...
Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 02, 2016 | 0 Comments
For the past several months, I've been providing information on the new Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that went into effect on January 1, 2016.
Outlined below are a few more important changes from a recent article by P. André Katz and Erin B. Bodendorfer in the Illinois Bar J...
Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Does the joint parenting agreement from your Illinois divorce need updating? It might, based on several new family and divorce laws taking effect in 2016.
Parents who are already divorced or still in the process of divorce planning should be aware of how these changes will affect them and of the...