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Dog Custody

Our client came to us worried that he would lose half of his premarital accounts and his beloved dogs to his unreliable husband. They were married for a relatively short duration, and once he realized how irresponsible his husband was and how he could ultimately be a liability, he sought representation with our office.

This case was important for our firm since we could help this person preserved his hard-earned money and assets and we always will fight for pet custody for our clients. The client's motivation to end his marriage was to end potential joint liability with his husband since he was unsure what illegal activities he may or may not be up to when he goes missing for a few weeks and since his source of income was unclear. Our firm was motivated to help him end his case quickly and while the husband was located in Illinois so our client could meet his goal of reaching an amicable agreement and finalize his case in Illinois rather than the state the husband would frequently travel to.

Our motivations became united with the husband showed his irresponsibility by leaving Illinois and returning a short time later. The massive obstacle was the husband's residential status (unknown) and his reluctance to disclose his assets, debts, and liabilities. Our client, however, was very organized and he prepared his financial disclosures and supplied his supporting financial documents quickly so we were able to prepare his comprehensive settlement agreement to present to his husband.

Our client's case appeared lost in the possibility of facing the long Cook County litigation route, however, due to our client's ability to see a different way, he was able to achieve the preparation of a settlement agreement in less time than it would take to obtain a court date in Cook County.  Our office was able to tender to our client's husband a draft Marital Settlement Agreement within 90 days to significantly minimize any issues and greatly improve our client's chances at either reaching a successful settlement that allocates his non-marital estate to him or leads him to a successful Default Proceeding if the Husband fails to sign the settlement offer.

Our client was able to move past the stress and fear of being tied to his irresponsible spouse so that he could continue on his path of success. We give thanks to our client for entrusting us with his case as we are now even more prepared to represent others in similar circumstances.

Practice area(s): Divorce / Separation

Court: Cook County

Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.

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