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Do You and Your Spouse Need a “Sleep Divorce”? The Experts Weigh In on this Modern Marriage Strategy

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

There is no doubt that sleep is very important for Chicago couples’ mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation can make every day easy tasks seem like an impossible uphill battle, can prevent us from doing our best at work, and can impair our relationships with our families and friends when we are unable to… Read More »

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Colorado Mother Accused of Killing Children Engaged in Lengthy Child Custody Battle with Children’s Father Before Their Deaths, Reports Indicate

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

As the 2023 holidays kicked into high gear, the devastating news of the deaths of two young children and the wounding of their sibling in Colorado hit the front pages of newspapers across the United States. The underlying custody battle between the parents of the two deceased children and the injured third child is… Read More »

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American Father Desperately Walks Miles on Treadmill in Seoul to Highlight International Child Abduction of his Two Children to South Korea

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

If you travel to the bustling capital city of Seoul, South Korea, you may be met with a surprising scene. An American father has been stationing himself in various locations throughout the city with a treadmill and a sign highlighting the harrowing ordeal of trying to get his two young children back from their… Read More »

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Chicago Advice Columnist Responds to Ex-Wife “Having a Hard Time Finding” Herself after Divorce, Provides Guidance for Maintaining “Couple” Friendships Post-Divorce

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

While there is much focus on the inner workings of the legal dissolution of marriage, or divorce, process in Chicago, much less is said about the emotional side of ending a marriage. Indeed, on top of legal proceedings, tough decisions, and major life changes, divorce also can bring a shift in friendships and relationships… Read More »

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Separation in Chicago: Key Differences Between Separation in a Marriage and Separation Without Marriage You Need to Know

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Often when Chicago residents hear the term “separation” in the context of a romantic relationship or partnership they assume that the individuals subject to the separation were married in the first place. The reality is, however, that separation may occur between partners, significant others, or parties, regardless of whether there was a marriage or… Read More »

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5 Red Flags and Warnings Signs that Your Ex-Spouse May Abduct Your Child

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Few things could be more terrifying for a parent than the thought of losing a child to a child abduction. Worse still, it is almost unfathomable to some parents that the child’s other parent, their ex-spouse or ex-partner, might abduct their child overseas. The truth of the matter is, however, that international child abductions… Read More »

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My Child has Not Returned from a Scheduled Visit with Their Non-Custodial Parent. How Long is “Too Long” Before I Should Act?

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

We would be hard-pressed to find even a single person who hasn’t been late for something in their life. From delays on the freeway due to rush-hour traffic, to unexpected roadblocks that come up in everyday life, emergencies, and medical disasters, it is not unusual for a person to miss an appointment or deadline… Read More »

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4 Signs that You Might be Ready to Chat with a Chicago Divorce Lawyer

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

When a relationship is on the rocks, when is it really time to schedule a consultation with a Chicago divorce lawyer? Many Chicagoans who are having trouble in their marriages may wish there were a guide, or some kind of indication, of when they should go ahead and set up a call to discuss… Read More »

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Missing a Sibling-in-Law After Your Sibling’s Divorce? This Advice Columnist Has Something to Say

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Sometimes a divorce can impact a person in ways they never expected. Although we may not realize it, the casualties of a couple’s divorce can extend to not only children born of the marriage, but sometimes pets, parents, and even one or more of the ex-spouse’s siblings. One example of a sibling grieving a… Read More »

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Do You Suspect Your Child has been Abducted Internationally from Chicago? Here are Immediate Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent an International Child Abduction

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Almost nothing could be more terrifying than a parent’s suspicion that their child has been or is in the progress of being abducted overseas. Once a child is abducted internationally, the truth is that it may be very difficult to locate the child and retrieve them from their noncustodial parent or other abductor. To… Read More »

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