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Why is Gray Divorce So Common?

 Posted on November 29, 2023 in Divorce

Cook County divorce lawyerEven couples who have spent years locked in holy matrimony can one day have a change of heart. Gray divorce, which refers to divorce over the age of 50, has been on the rise since 1990 and looks to continue that trend well into 2030. This is in large part due to longer life expectancies. Couples of any age looking to divorce should speak with an experienced attorney.

What is Gray Divorce?

Gray divorce is the trend of older couples in long-term marriages who wish to divorce. The couples are usually in their 50s, 60s, or older, and researchers attribute it to a generational divide where the value of marriage differs.

Reason 1: Divorce Stigma

The stigma surrounding divorce is not as prevalent as it once was. Women have more autonomy now, and those who are not so happy within their current relationship are stepping out on their own. Sometimes, older couples simply fall out of love but stay together for the children or because they feel an obligation to the bonds of marriage.

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Illinois Divorce Preparation Checklist

 Posted on November 08, 2023 in Divorce

Cook County family lawyerDivorce, whether contested or uncontested, can be overwhelming and complicated. The best thing you can do is prepare for it properly. Your attorney will require a few documents to represent you in the best way possible. Having everything readily available is a good idea to help move the process along faster. However, you may also want to consider a few things before you decide to file for divorce.

Before You File For Divorce

If reconciliation is possible, it may be in your best interest to first seek out a marriage counselor to see what can be salvaged. A divorce is final and should only be seen as a point of no return. Following that, get yourself a skilled lawyer experienced in a divorce of your caliber—someone who can handle high-asset divorce, high-conflict divorce, or maybe even collaborative law if applicable.

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Understanding the Discovery Process in Child Custody and Divorce

 Posted on October 25, 2023 in Divorce

Cook County divorce lawyerIn a nutshell, the discovery process is the investigation phase that follows the filing of divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities. It provides both parties with full transparency of information that neither side may be privy to. Both parties must exchange information about finances, asset values, debts, and other important aspects of the case. A battle-hardened attorney with experience in contested divorce cases is a strong weapon to wield in these situations.

5 Methods of Discovery

The discovery process uncovers evidence and proof for divorcing couples to use in contested issues. There are five methods that an attorney can use for discovery:

I Suspect My Spouse is Hiding Assets from Me. What Can I Do?

 Posted on October 10, 2023 in Divorce

Cook County divorce lawyerIt is illegal to hide assets when initiating a marriage and during the divorce process. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to sniff out hidden assets and ensure that you receive a fair settlement. You should take quick action to protect your financial interests following a divorce. The best course of action is to talk to an experienced divorce attorney. One who can help you develop a plan to find potential hidden assets and provide evidence of your findings to the court.

What are Hidden Assets?

The simple answer would be that hidden assets are any possessions, money, or other financial benefits that one spouse tries to hide from the other.

When divorcing couples cannot agree on how to divide their assets, the court steps in and decides based on different factors. But some people try to hide or get rid of their assets so their soon-to-be ex-spouse cannot get them in the division. These hidden assets can have a significant impact on how the property is split relatively in the divorce.

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How Does Social Media Complicate Divorce?

 Posted on September 27, 2023 in Uncategorized

Chicago divorce lawyerSocial media can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family, but it can also be a source of conflict during a divorce. For example, if you and your spouse are still friends on social media, you may see posts that make you feel jealous, angry, or hurt. This can make it difficult to move on from the divorce and start to heal.

For anyone concerned about how social media may affect your pending divorce, it is important to speak with an experienced divorce attorney. They can help you understand your rights and options, and they can advise you on how to use social media responsibly throughout the divorce process.

How Can Social Media Be Used Negatively?

Divorce attorneys often search social media for evidence that can be used in court. So if your spouse is posting pictures of themselves on vacation with a new partner, this could be used as evidence of asset dissipation. Or, if your spouse is posting about their new job and salary, this could be used to calculate alimony payments.

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What Factors Are Considered When Dividing Property in a Divorce?

 Posted on September 11, 2023 in Divorce

Chicago, IL asset division lawyerWhen a couple gets divorced, one of the most important issues to address is the division of property. The court will consider several factors when making this determination, including:

  • The length of the marriage

  • The contributions of each spouse to the acquisition, maintenance, and improvement of the property

  • The earning capacities of the spouses

  • The needs of any dependent children

  • The age and health of the spouses

  • The wasteful or extravagant dissipation of marital property by either spouse

  • Any other factors that the court deems relevant

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How Much Should Family Vloggers Pay Their Kids?

 Posted on August 28, 2023 in Family Law

Illinois Family Law AttorneyTechnology and social media have significantly impacted entertainment, with content creation focusing on family life and children. However, scandals and lawsuits have led to a new law in Illinois requiring parents to compensate their children for their roles on family vlogging channels or other forms of social media. This occurrence raises questions about family law, child labor, and the ethics of family vlogging.

To navigate the unchartered waters of social media and child influencers, a family law attorney can help draft formal agreements regarding pay and keep you informed as this law changes over time.

Is It Worth It to Have Your Child on Social Media?

Social media is an impactful career with a lot of buzz. Children and parents often see the glitz and glamor but not the trouble and major impact behind the scenes. Children have a lot to worry about already, like the following: 

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5 Common Mistakes To Avoid In The Divorce Process

 Posted on August 17, 2023 in Divorce

Chicago Divorce LawyerDivorce is a complex process, and navigating it is never simple. But luckily, there are a few common errors that you can avoid to make things much easier. Knowing and preventing these mistakes can significantly benefit you.

Not Preparing

One of the biggest mistakes in the divorce process is failing to prepare appropriately. Researching and gathering all the necessary documents allows you to build a solid plan. Here are some steps you can take to solidify that plan: 

  • Collect financial records

  • Make a list of all property, assets, and liabilities 

  • Understand your financial situation 

Following these steps can help you avoid the following: 

How Can I Make Sure a Prenup or Postnup Will Be Enforceable?

 Posted on July 31, 2023 in Family Law

Illinois Divorce LawyersA prenuptial agreement, which is commonly referred to as a prenup, is a legal contract that will be signed before a couple gets married, and it can provide protection to a spouse who is entering a marriage with significant assets. Similarly, a postnuptial agreement, also called a postnup, may be created at any point during a couple’s marriage, and it may be used to protect the interests of both spouses following changes in a couple’s financial situation. These agreements can specify how a couple’s assets and debts will be divided between the parties in the event of divorce or a spouse’s death. They may also address other financial issues, such as whether either party will receive spousal support following a divorce or separation and how ownership of property will be handled during a couple’s marriage.

The Importance of an Enforceable Marital Agreement

It is crucial to ensure that prenups or postnups will be enforceable, since this will help couples avoid potential disputes during a divorce. To make sure your agreement stands up in court if challenged, there are several key factors to consider:

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How Does the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Impact Family Law Cases?

 Posted on July 13, 2023 in Family Law

Chicago Family Law Attorney

Members of the military often face special challenges when they are involved in a family law case like a divorce or child custody case. They may not be able to be present in court if they are deployed or stationed far away. The SCRA was developed to protect military members from the disadvantages they face in civil court actions. As the act applies in all civil cases, family law proceedings can be impacted by the rules it establishes. Military members may need to be accommodated by the court so that they can participate in any hearings held and be a part of the decision-making process. Without this act, the parent or spouse who does not serve in the military would have a substantial and unfair advantage. If you are in the military and are involved in a family law case in the state of Illinois, The Law Office of George J. Skuros can help ensure that you receive the full protections available under the act. 

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