How To Prepare For Divorce

By Joshua E. Stern Divorce is unique in that it is both a seismic life event and one that comes with few reference points. Many people do not personally know someone who has been divorced and never expected to be in the situation they now find themselves in. The internet…

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Introducing Stern Perkoski

We are excited to announce that, as of February 1, 2020, the Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern and The Law Offices of Nancy Stingle Perkoski have merged to form Stern Perkoski. This partnership will allow us to more fully address the needs of our clients as we broaden our…

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Marital Property and Retirement Accounts

Dividing retirement accounts in a divorce can be contentious and somewhat tricky. The source of the contention is obvious. One spouse may feel like he or she made significant personal sacrifices to accrue his or her savings and that the other spouse did not participate or help. On the flip-side,…

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Why Does Illinois Not Recognize Common Law Marriage?

If you live in Illinois state it is pretty likely you have no idea what a common law marriage is. Most states, including Illinois and except for 11 states give or take, don’t recognize common law marriage as legally binding in any form (with a few exceptions). So, what is…

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Stages Of Grief And Divorce

The loss of a marriage is traumatic. People going through a divorce experience a wide range of emotion, but a common underlying feeling is one of mourning. Mourning the loss of what the marriage was and what they hoped it would be. Spouses initiating the divorce often express the wish…

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