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April 22, 2019

Betrayal Can Lead to an Ending or New Beginning

A common reason why relationships end is that one partner has cheated on the other. But once revealed, must the transgression lead to a divorce or can it lead to a new beginning? The short answer is, it depends. It depends on whether the cheater thinks he or she is in love with their paramour, […]

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July 2, 2018

Couples Who Live Together May Benefit from Cohabitation Agreement

Living with an opposite or same sex partner without marriage might seem like an easy, no- strings-attached arrangement, but it’s a big step both emotionally and legally. Most couples who move in together are so focused on the benefits of their living together that they don’t take the time to talk through the financial and […]

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June 22, 2018

Vacationing as a Couple

Travel can strengthen a bond between two people or it can drive them irrevocably apart. In the process, you’ll learn a lot about each other’s temperament, habits and ability to compromise. You can increase your chances of an enjoyable vacation with a plan and a positive attitude. Here are some tips. Create the itinerary together. […]

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September 18, 2017

Politics Can Make Strange Bedfellows

In most elections, married couples tend to vote alike, but not in 2016! Polls showed that married women spurned the Republican presidential nominee –who ultimately became our elected leader – creating palpable tension in some households, both before and after the election. Stories on the Internet told of husbands who prevent Democratic canvassers and mail […]

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September 11, 2017

Take Caution When Using Social Media

The overuse of posting, texting, and Tweeting can be dangerous to your marital well-being AND finances. With social media, you can now play out your dreams impulsively online, but there’s a catch: the evidence never goes away. We see this online evidence used frequently in family courts to demonstrate irreconcilable differences or parental alienation, and […]

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August 9, 2017

Conflict Resolution Tips for Happier Relationships

The daily household routine with squabbles over money, work and children can take its toll on a relationship. Those minor spats and squabbles can easily escalate into full-blown fights unless you have good communication skills and a willingness to use them thoughtfully. Here are some tips. Create a roadmap for discussion and decisions. Disagreement doesn’t […]

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March 31, 2017

Three Tips to Help Couples Cope with a Holiday

Ahh, the holidays. A time for family and friends, honoring traditions, feasting, maybe some gift-giving and (hopefully) good cheer. For many couples – especially new couples – holidays can also be a time of stress when a fight can flare up for seemingly no reason at all. As a family lawyer, I’ve heard countless stories […]

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December 30, 2016

New Illinois Law Aims To Help Victims of Domestic Abuse

One in three women and one in seven men will experience violence at the hands of a partner during their lifetime. To combat the literal epidemic of domestic violence and sexual abuse, Illinois will soon enact a new law requiring salon professionals – who frequently have a close and confidential relationship with their clients – […]

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March 18, 2016

Keys to a Good Divorce

No one at the altar expects to face a spouse in the courtroom but it happens. In so many of today’s marriages, divorce will be the best solution to what has become an unfixable relationship. What makes divorce complex is the legal process and psychological pain which are playing out simultaneously. It is a difficult journey, yet […]

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