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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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Children of Divorce: When to Use a Child’s Representative or Guardian Ad Litem

Divorce can be especially complicated when the parties cannot agree on child custody, visitation, or children’s expenses. These disagreements can include school enrollment, college contributions, holiday schedules, regular parenting time throughout the week and weekend, and babysitting fees, among other issues. If the parents cannot come to an agreement on any of these issues, the…
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Uncontested Divorce: The Requirements and Different Types

Married couples who no longer wish to be married to each other, but have come to a basic agreement on how to divide all of the marital property and debts can file and complete their divorce proceedings much more quickly than spouses who have disagreements over who should receive the assets or liabilities of the…
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The Difference Between a Prenuptial Agreement and a Postnuptial Agreement and Why You Should Have One.

Divorce proceedings can take years to finalize if the parties have a significant number of assets and/or they simply cannot agree on who is entitled to what property or asset. These disputes are especially common where the parties own real estate, retirement accounts, or have interests in one or more businesses. At their worst, a…
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Orders of Protection Pursuant to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986

Illinois lawmakers have recently amended the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 and increased the remedies and modified the categories for protected parties under the Act.  (750 ILCS 60/102). With these changes, Illinois has shown its commitment to preventing domestic violence.  The Act protects against all violence from family and household members including: hitting, kicking,…
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Illinois’ New Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Act

In 2016, Illinois enacted the Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Act, providing rights for children placed in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services ("DCFS"). Adopted under the official title of PA 99-0344, the Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Act aims to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children placed…
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The Overhaul of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: Changes to Maintenance in 2016

Laws and processes are continuously changing and evolving to keep up with time and society, and the year 2016 is no different. Specifically, revisions to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) regarding alimony, now known as maintenance, in divorce, legal separation and annulment  support cases have changed considerably. Prior to January 1,…
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Child Support – Get the Basic Facts

Child Support is a relevant issue for any couple or party involved in a pending divorce, parentage or custody matter. Child Support is the financial obligation of the non custodial party. The purpose of child support is to provide the minor child(ren) with the financial assistance to pay for basic living needs such as shelter,…
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