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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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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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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 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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“Separation”, “Dissolution”, “Divorce”: Understanding Family Law Terminology In Divorce Cases

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

The time leading up to ending a marriage can be very tough, and the person seeking the divorce likely has many questions about the ins-and-outs of the divorce process. One of the first things that a person seeking a divorce might encounter are the legal terms for different stages or parts in a divorce…. Read More »

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Illinois Sees Increase Of Divorces During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC |

Even the strongest of couples were subject to marital pressures and stresses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As workers transitioned from work in the office to work-from-home, schedules collided and space in the home became limited as couples were forced to make the home into their offices. In addition to the stresses and frustrations of… Read More »

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