Naperville Divorce Law Blog

Monika Blacha earns Super Lawyers honor

Blacha Law Office in Naperville, Illinois, announces that attorney Monika M. Blacha has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Super Lawyers list in Illinois. This is her sixth Super Lawyers selection, Ms. Blacha was selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2013 and 2014; She was selected to Super Lawyers in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

What property division looks like in an Illinois divorce

In a divorce, you not only lose your spouse but also much of your property. Everything from big assets to everyday belongings undergoes division between the two of you. This process can often be contentious and complex. Your spouse may even try to hide assets from you.

If you two can cooperate, you can decide on how to split your marital property through mediation or collaborative law, which will save you time and money. Otherwise, the court will decide based on Illinois laws of equitable distribution.

The new future of divorce planning in America

As 2018 draws to a close, news about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 saturate media. New laws affecting divorce planning are around the corner.

If you are already divorced, you may worry about how TCJA will affect your current child support and alimony. If you are thinking of getting a divorce, you may wonder why the topic of divorce timing is in the news.

Basics of child relocation after divorce

If you are divorced and your children live with you, you must abide by the terms of your court-ordered custody agreement. If you decide that you want to relocate with your children, you cannot do so without the approval of the court.

If your ex-spouse does not contest your decision to move with your children, you can relocate with the court's approval. However, if your ex does oppose your relocation, which is often the case, you will face a court hearing in which your ex will likely present a case for why you should not relocate. This may make your task decidedly more difficult.

Be well-prepared for your child support modification hearing

Circumstances change in life, and an unexpected event may require you to seek a modification to your existing child support agreement.

A few years might have passed since you were last in court, and you may feel a bit apprehensive about this next appearance. If you prepare well and avoid common pitfalls, your petition for modification should go off without a hitch.

How to help your children cope with divorce

Divorce is a difficult time for the whole family, and if you have children, the split can have a significant impact on them. It can be difficult to know exactly how to best proceed in your divorce so that you can provide your children with a stable and supportive environment during a very challenging time.

Despite the difficulties, you can make a difference for your children as you and your family go through the divorce process. Here are some tips that can help you assist your kids through this time, as well as how you can minimize conflict and stress in the divorce:

Not sure what to believe about divorce? Ignore these 3 myths

If you are contemplating divorce in Naperville and have discussed it with your friends, do not be alarmed at all the unsolicited advice you might receive regarding the matter. Though your friends and family may mean well, you must not believe everything you hear about divorce. 

Before you move forward with your decision and file the necessary paperwork, you must know the facts about divorce. There is a lot of misinformation that could cause you to compromise yourself during the proceedings. Here are a few divorce myths you should ignore: 

How do you know mediation is the right approach for divorce?

The decision to end a marriage almost always comes after a stressful period of soul-searching, and the thought of going through a difficult and lengthy divorce process may seem overwhelming.

Mediation is an alternative to traditional divorce that has gained popularity. It has its advantages, but how do you know it is the right solution for you?

Illinois has a new pet-friendly law associated with divorce

When divorce is in the offing, the family break-up is difficult for everyone, including your pets. Just as divorce upsets a child’s normal routine, the same can be true for domestic animals who are largely creatures of habit. So what happens to Fido after the split?

A new Illinois law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, seeks to take a pet’s well-being into consideration where custody matters are concerned.

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