What Does My Child Support Pay For?

As a divorce lawyer, I spend a lot of time talking about child support. A lot. It’s a topic of confusion and contention, but it doesn’t have to be. I think a lot of the child support issues family law attorneys confront are caused by a lack of information. That…

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Hourly Rate Changes And Retainer Agreements

I’ve done a lot of writing about attorney billing practices over the years. It’s no secret that I’d like to see more transparency around attorney billing. I believe family law, as an industry, has tested, if not lost, the public’s trust regarding the cost of representation. My concerns about flat…

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What Is Discernment Counseling

I have to admit, I wasn’t familiar with discernment counseling until earlier this year. In short, discernment counseling helps couples determine whether their marriage can be saved, whether both parties want it saved, and whether divorce is necessary. I think of it as a form of couples’ therapy that helps…

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How Child Support Impacts Welfare Benefits

Collection of governmental welfare affects the amount of money that a custodial parent can receive as child support. It is important to understand, first, how child support payments are calculated through the judicial system after the couple separates. In order to determine child support payments, Illinois uses an Income Shares…

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