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IS MEDIATION FOR YOU?

Mediation is often used as a tool to resolve conflicting family issues just like in business affairs as also other legal matters without the interference of a court of law.   The mediator’s role is to bring about a compromise or understanding between the warring parties, particularly in cases involving spousal and/or child support, decisions…
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Role & Responsibilities of an Attorney in a Legal Separation

A family law attorney, is a legal professional who primarily handles cases and work  in family matters. This includes divorce, legal separation and custody.  In a legal separation, the attorney will represent you in court. The objective is an order that will mandate your duties and rights as a couple while you are living apart.…
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The Case Study of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas: Illinois Prenuptial Agreement

 If you have been on any sort of social media platform in the past week, it is safe to say you have heard about Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s potential engagement. Ever since the world has fell in love with the couple early May of last year with their appearance at the Met Gala, it…
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How to Choose the Right Lawyer For your Custody/Parenting Battle

Choosing the right lawyer  can be  difficult, particularly due to the emotional issues that emerge during proceedings in child custody cases. This is why you need to ensure you select an attorney who can adequately represent you. Why hire a Custody Attorney?   Divorce and Parentage cases are stressful especially when you have children. This is where…
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How Does a Domestic Violence Lawyer Protect You?

A domestic violence lawyer is a legal professional who handles matters pertaining to domestic violence and orders of protection. Research shows that nearly 40 percent of women are victims of domestic violence during their lives, twenty people are physically abused every minute by their intimate partner/partners, and one in fifteen children are victims of domestic…
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Fighting for Majority Parenting (i.e. Custody)? Make Sure You’re Doing These Things

You know you want custody of your child, but knowing what you want and making it happen can often be two different things. If you're fighting for increased or majority parenting time with  your child, there are several things you can do to increase your chances of winning in court: Use Your parenting time :…
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Dividing Debt During Divorce

Virtually everything has to be divided during and after the divorce process, including your  debt. Generally, all debt accumulated during the marriage is labeled marital debt – i.e. both you and your spouse are responsible for paying that debt back.  In the case of credit card debt, usually  creditors don't care that two people are…
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Making Joint Custody (Equal Allocation) Work – A Few Tips

When you and the other parent aren’t a unit, parenting together typically isn't an option. Often that means parenting apart, and one of the biggest struggles you might find there is dealing with each other. How can you make joint custody (now known as allocation) work for the two of you? These tips can help:…
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Is Annulment an Option?

Divorce and annulment ultimately deliver the same result: the dissolving of a marriage. When couples divorce, their relationship is recognized. That is, they were married. Annulment is different: it essentially “erases” the marriage. Legally, it is as if the union never happened. Why do people seek annulments and when are they a viable option? First,…
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What is a Post-Nuptial?

Nearly everyone is familiar with prenuptial agreements – or prenups. But not as many people are aware that there are also post-nuptial agreements. What is this document, and do couples need them? A post-nuptial is agreed to after a couple is already married; like a pre-nuptial, it details the division of assets if the marriage…
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What Not To Do During Divorce

Three Things You Shouldn't Do When You're in the Process of Divorce The process of divorce is almost never an easy one. It's always filled with tension, and emotions endlessly run high because every decision seems to be made in the heat of the moment. People often make really poor decisions when it comes to…
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Landlord Evictions: Protect Your Rights

  Property owners have heard the horror stories: from destruction of property to pets left behind to tenants that will just not vacate the premises, the job of a landlord is far from easy. Tenants are granted rights under the law, protecting them from unfair practices – but what about those who own the properties?…
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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

  20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence hotlines field more than 20,000 calls per day. 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence each year; 90% of these…
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Dissipation and Your Divorce: What You Need to Know

  Divorce is nearly always a highly emotional and stressful process. If you find out that your former partner has been hiding or spending marital assets, it adds a layer of hurt – and, potentially, significant financial hardship. When it comes to dissipation, do you have recourse in court?   Let’s look at an example…
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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna: A Case Study of the Rights and Responsibilities of Unmarried Parents

It has become nearly impossible to exist in American society without seeing constant updates from the Kardashian-Jenner family, from Bruce Jenner’s transgender journey, Kim’s pregnancy struggles and search for a surrogate, and Kylie’s unexpected pregnancy to Rob’s baby-momma-drama with Blac Chyna. Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna have had a rocky on-again-off-again relationship that has included…
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The New Child Support Laws

The issue of child support is one that comes up in cases where children are involved, namely in divorce, legal separation, civil union and parentage cases. In July 2017, the child support law was modified wherein the support obligation would be based off the adjusted net income of both parents along with the number of…
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Indiana Practice

Kiswani Law, P.C. is proud to announce its newest venture: Indiana divorce and child support cases. Attorney Stephanie Gilbert has been admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana. Stephanie is excited for the new challenges and opportunities present in practicing in two states, especially given that Kiswani Law’s South Holland office is only…
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The Brangelina Divorce: A Case Study Under Illinois Law

2016 was a year of harsh celebrity breakups, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and Drake and Rihanna all broke up within the past year. Perhaps the most heartbreaking of these unhappy endings is Angelina Jolie’s filing for divorce against Brad Pitt in September after a…
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Where should you file your divorce, custody or child support case?

Before filing your case, you must determine the correct state, county and courthouse to file with. Filing in the wrong courthouse, county or state may result in a complete dismissal of your case. Courts look at whether there is proper jurisdiction over a case before making any substantial rulings on the pending case. Jurisdiction is…
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Child Expenses and Child Support: The Basics

Child Support and Contribution to Child Expenses is usually awarded to the parent who has custody (now known as "majority parenting time" and/or "residential custody") in a parentage, divorce or legal separation matter from the non custodial parent. Child Support A court will order the parent who does not have custody or majority parenting time…
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