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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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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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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Collaborative Divorce Now Key For Couples With Children

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

For couples with children, one of the more difficult aspects of the divorce process is creating a workable parenting solution where both parents can regularly participate in their children's lives. Any contention between the divorcing couple often leaves one parent or the other on the short end o...

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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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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...

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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...

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A Positive Approach To Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anyone who has gone through a divorce will agree that it's one of life's most challenging experiences, with lots of opportunity for conflict and contention. But rather than fighting, how would it be to actually talk out the issues and come to a compromise that all parties can accept? Believe it o...

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New Illinois Family Law Effects Joint Custody Parenting

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new Illinois law, concerning the first right of refusal for parenting time, will have an effect on parenting with a joint custody arrangement.  Effective January 1, 2014, if the court awards joint custody, a parent who is unable to care for the child or children must offer parenting time to the...

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Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, & Divorce Attorney

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

Are you in couples therapy or marriage counseling?  Has there been a determination that the marriage is broken? Are you looking for low cost divorce services to help your family? This post will focus on how our firm works collaboratively with families utilizing Couples Therapy, Marriage Counselin...

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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. ...

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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 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...

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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...

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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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