Collaborative News

By Patrick Markey Editorial Board Member

Collaborative Practice, an international movement with over 5,000 practicing professionals worldwide, found its way to Illinois in 2000 through the creation of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII). Currently it is a dispute resolution model for family law disputes usually involving children. Leaders from CLII shared their knowledge on how Collaborative Law is helping...

Collaborative Divorce is a dispute resolution model that uses specially
trained lawyers, child specialists and financial specialists to reach an out-of-court agreement. In Collaborative Divorce, both spouses commit to a written pledge not to go to court, an honest exchange of information and a problem-solving approach that addresses the needs of both parties and their children and not just a legal position.

James R. Galvin, a...

Many people come to my office tell me they want the case to be done quickly. The thought of a long divorce case makes them sick, and it should. However, many people are not willing to do what it takes to make their divorce quicker because their ego gets in the way. The following are ways to keep your divorce going on forever:

1. Don’t listen to spouse or take his/her wants and needs seriously: It is very common for...

Child support does not always end when a child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school. Most Illinois family courts will order one or both parents to contribute to children’s college expenses based on their ability to pay and some other factors. Lawyers and courts refer to these proceedings as “Section 513 Petitions” named for the code of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which provides for support of...

I am taking a different approach to this post because some people benefit more from hearing what they shouldn’t do than what they should do. I tell almost all my clients that custody cases are won or lost at the beginning of the case. Critical mistakes made at the beginning of the case or before a case is filed put many parents at a severe disadvantage at becoming the residential/primary parent or even having joint custody.

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