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Initiating A Chicago Divorce: Divorce Lawyer Selection And First Steps

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Let’s face it: it can be hard to ask others for help. However, there are some matters that come up in a person’s life that simply cannot be handled alone. One of those situations arises when a person seeks to get a divorce. Because family law is complex and involves legal rights of each… Read More »

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Living “Separate And Apart” In A Chicago Divorce

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

There are many different factors that must be examined in the course of dissolution proceedings in Chicago, and throughout Illinois. In addition to the perhaps more major and controversial issues that come up during a divorce, such as the division of property and assets, spousal support, and child custody, there are threshold issues in… Read More »

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My Spouse Cheated On Me – Am I Entitled To More In My Chicago Divorce?

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

The breakdown of a marriage can be the result of many different actions or inactions on the part of one or both parties, but one act that is very often a deal-breaker is infidelity. When a person “cheats” on his or her husband or wife, it can signal an “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage… Read More »

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Spousal Support In Chicago Divorces – Do I Have To Pay Maintenance?

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Aside from child support, spousal support is one of the most common topics that arise when people contemplate potentially filing for a divorce. One spouse may have been the breadwinner during the marriage while the other went to school or raised children, or perhaps both spouses were employed during the marriage, but one spouse… Read More »

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Starting The Divorce Process In Chicago – Do I Need “Grounds” In Order To Get A Divorce?

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

We’ve probably all heard the term “grounds for divorce” before at least once in our lives. In older movies, books, and plays, the term “grounds for divorce” is often associated with an unhappy couple or spouse seeking dissolution of a marriage, and needing some sort of reason to provide to the court for the… Read More »

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Molshree “Molly” Sharma is profiled in the September 5th issue of Crain’s Chicago Business as Crain’s 2022 Notable Woman in Law

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Molshree “Molly” Sharma is profiled in the September 5th issue of Crain’s Chicago Business as Crain’s 2022 Notable Woman in Law.  This is an extremely prestigious award given to attorneys displaying excellence in their field.  Molly has vast experience in complex family law cases representing professionals, business owners and homemakers.  She handles custody issues… Read More »

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Initiating A Divorce In Chicago – What Is “Service Of Process” And How Do I “Serve” My Spouse?

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

There is no doubt that there are many laws and court rules that govern the divorce process in Chicago and in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Rules regarding required pleadings, timing, notice, court appearances, and even the formatting of motions all fall under the ambit of state statutes and local rules of the court… Read More »

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Attorney Jonathan Standeford Featured In A Roundtable Discussion For July 2022 Edition of Crain’s Chicago Business

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

In the July 2022 edition of Crain’s Chicago Business, Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC was featured in a Roundtable Discussion being represented by Jonathan Standeford. Throughout the discussion, Jonathan explored how the pandemic has shaped court cases and domestic difficulties throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas and court systems. Jonathan discusses the pros,… Read More »

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Attorney Spotlight: Jessica Nelson

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Jessica Nelson received a JD Certificate in Tax Law through Loyola University’s School of Law which required an in-depth curriculum on federal income tax, advanced corporate and partnership tax, estate and gift tax, and tax procedure. Her experience and understanding of taxes are critical in helping her clients navigate complex financial issues within the domestic… Read More »

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Trying To Move When You Have An Ex-Spouse Who Opposes

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Moving is one of the most stressful moments of a person’s life. If you have a child with an ex-spouse who is opposing the move, it becomes one of the hardest legal battles to fight.  Illinois Courts have always felt that relocation should only be granted when it is absolutely clear that the move is… Read More »

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