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My Husband Cheated on Me – Is that Grounds for a Legal Separation and Divorce in Chicago? Chicago’s No-Fault Divorce Laws Explained

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

It is undeniable that infidelity is one of the top reasons that people in Chicago and throughout the country ultimately separate and get a divorce. For some, an affair or one night stand comes out of the blue, but once is enough to start official divorce proceedings. For others, the trust in the marriage… Read More »

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Washington D.C. Updates Divorce Laws, Does Away with Waiting Period for D.C. Divorces

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Washington D.C. has just made major changes to its marriage and divorces, and is making headlines for eliminating its previous waiting time requirement. According to national news reports, before the recent change in the law, Washington D.C. required that divorcing spouses live separately and apart for at least six months before they could be… Read More »

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Parental Alienation and Family Law Disputes

By Katherine Koehler |

Parental alienation is a term or theory that is commonly used during divorce or custody proceedings when children are resisting visiting or spending time with one of the parents. This concept was first introduced by Dr. Richard A. Gardner. He describes parental alienation syndrome as: “The parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a childhood disorder… Read More »

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Resolving Frozen Embryo Disputes in Illinois

By Madelyn Nix |

Illinois has one of the highest reported rates of assisted reproduction in the country. Elective single-embryo transfer has become increasingly popular, where couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) will only implant one embryo at a time. As a result, couples will have “leftover” embryos that will be frozen in a process called cryopreservation. After… Read More »

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International Child Abductions: 3 Reasons to Act Immediately if You Suspect Your Ex is Planning to Abduct Your Child Overseas

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Most parents who have gone through long and drawn-out custody battles over their child or children with an ex-spouse or partner know that the fight for who gets custody of the child can be extremely heated. With tensions flaring and animosities building between divorcing or otherwise separating parents, a child can easily get caught… Read More »

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How to Navigate the Post-Divorce Dating World when You Do Not Want to Talk about Your Divorce

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

For some newly-divorced Chicagoans, discussing the divorce process and one’s ex-spouse can seem like opening up fresh wounds and pouring in salt. For others, speaking about the dissolution of marriage process can feel cathartic, and may be a way to heal. In whatever way a person decides to handle the issue of their prior… Read More »

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Three Things I Wish I Knew about Being Separated without being Married in Chicago

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

There are a number of reasons that a couple may decide not to get married, even if they have been together for a number of years and share all aspects of their lives with one another. One of those reasons may be that the couple believes that not getting married will make things easier… Read More »

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A Story about How a Louisiana Mother Abducted her Own Son Highlights International Child Abductions

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

The issues surrounding child custody battles are never easy. Whether the fans of controversy over child custody issues are flamed by love for the child, hate for the ex-spouse or partner, or a combination of both, many divorcing and separating couples find themselves in the fight of their lives when it comes to child… Read More »

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