Divorce Attorney's Fees

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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Post-Divorce Judgment Legal Fees Generated By Custody Dispute Constitute a Non-Dischargeable Debt Pursuant to 11 U.S.C....

Section 523(a)(15) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a discharge “does not discharge an individual debtor from any debt…to a spouse [or] former spouse, … in the course of a divorce…or…divorce decree or other order of a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms Disgorgement of Advance Payment Retainers Under the Dissolution of Marriage Act

This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed the "leveling the playing field" rules of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in In re Marriage of Earlywine. The Act provides that a court can...more

Illinois Supreme Court to File Opinion in Earlywine on Thursday Morning

Yesterday afternoon, the Illinois Supreme Court posted notice that it expects to issue opinions in three cases on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m., including one civil case, In re Marriage of Earlywine. Earlywine presents an...more

Could You, Would You?

I have seen many people do many things for varying reasons when faced with a hotly contested divorce or child custody matter. Unless you ever confront such a difficult situation, some of the things people do may seem...more

Spending Your Golden Years in Court – Really?

No one goes into marriage planning to get a divorce; no one plans to spend their retirement funds on attorney’s fees; and no one plans to spend the golden years of their life litigating in court, fighting their spouse over...more

Argument Report: The Constitutional Implications of Advance Payment Retainers and Divorce Claw-Back

Earlier this week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Earlywine v. Earlywine. In a fascinating, albeit one-sided argument (there was no appearance for the appellee), the Justices actively debated a wide...more

A Busy Day of Civil Arguments at the Illinois Supreme Court

Tomorrow will be a busy day for the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket, with five cases being argued, beginning at 9:00 a.m. They are...more

Disgorgement of an Advance Payment Retainer as Interim Fees in a Divorce Case?

In the closing days of the Illinois Supreme Court's November term, the Court allowed petitions for leave to appeal in six civil cases. Our previews of the new grants begin with In re Marriage of Earlywine. Although Earlywine...more

Taxes: Divorce & Children

In the words of The Beatles, “ ‘Cause I’m the Taxman…,” and because it’s almost the filing deadline (April 16 this year), the Taxman is here. Marital and family status, of course, has a big impact on your taxes. So, here are...more

Out With the Old…the Divorcee Sale

It’s been in the news lately. Recently there was a new “pop-up” store in Beverly Hills. You can even host a similar event in your city. As stated on their website, “The Divorceé Sale™ was created by Jill Alexander who saw...more

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