Avoid These Divorce Mistakes

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Getting a divorce can be one of the most challenging and emotional times in life.  Far too often, we see clients hurting their case by letting their anger with their spouse get in the way of making rational decisions.  No matter what you or your spouse did to “cause” the divorce, it should not be used as an excuse to rack up debt or spend money in an irresponsible manner.  Even if a divorce has not been filed yet, these actions can be brought to the Court’s attention during the divorce, and you could be forced to not only account for every dollar spent, but reimburse your spouse for 50% of every dollar spent or incurred irresponsibly.

Similarly, do not take out your anger by damaging your spouse’s property or threatening a spouse’s new significant other.  These actions can be used against you when the Court makes custody determinations and allocates parental responsibilities.  The ability of each spouse to facilitate a close and continuing relationship between the children and the other parent is a major factor considered in custody cases.  Don’t let one angry mistake be the determining factor in your case.

Appellate Court Says Wrongful Conviction Award is Marital Property

The Illinois Court of Appeals determined a husband’s wrongful conviction settlement of $20 million is marital property.  The  The husband was imprisoned from 1992 through 2012, but the parties married in 2000 and husband filed for divorce in 2014.  The husband argued the settlement funds resulted from a wrongful conviction in 1992 (prior to the marriage), and should therefore be his non-marital property.  The wife (successfully) argued the settlement funds resulted from a lawsuit, the basis of which did not exist until the husband’s exoneration (during the marriage), and should therefore be determined to be marital property.

The full decision can be found here.

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We are excited to announce The Law Offices of Robert F. Kramer, Ltd. has opened a second location to better serve our clients in DuPage county. Our new office is located in the heart of downtown Lombard at 123 W. St. Charles Road, Suite #101. Our hours are 9:00am–5:00pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. We can be reached at (630) 785-2400.  Stop in and let us handle all of your civil legal needs

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