I love the new year, which for me is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and an opportunity to assess new habits and set goals for the coming year. And for those suffering through the pain of divorce, this is a time to both look backward and to look forward to a positive year. What does reflecting on the past year allow? The … Continue reading A New Year, A New Start
Peskind Law Firm, founded in 1978, is an innovative family law firm, constantly seeking to improve with changing times. At the same time, the firm has the unchanging core values of professionalism and integrity, which have remained consistent over the past 42 years. It is this combination of tradition and change that makes Peskind Law Firm so effective. This is the first of a three-part … Continue reading History of Peskind Law Firm
When can a parent relocate with their children after a divorce? What is the law with regard to child relocation per Illinois law? Here is a summary of the law regarding child relocation in Illinois. Nuts and bolts of relocation. Parents with the majority of parenting time must seek permission from their the other parent or obtain court permission if they want to relocate with … Continue reading Movin’ On: Child Relocation in Illinois
One of the key tenets of Stoic Philosophy is determining what is and isn’t within your control. This principle, developed by the Greek philosopher and former Roman slave, Epictetus, suggests that one must let go of anything outside his or her control. What is outside your control? Basically everything. Examples include the behavior of your spouse, his or her nasty taunts or threats, how that … Continue reading The Successful Divorce: What Can You Control?
When you are in the midst of a divorce, you will be given advice (often unsolicited) from friends and family members. Abraham Lincoln observed that “he who represents himself has a fool for a client.” The thought behind that quote is anyone who represents himself or herself lacks the objectivity and insight to make certain clear eyed decisions in his or her court case. The … Continue reading The Successful Divorce: The Value of Free Advice
As the days get longer, and the air conditioning units start to continuously flip on, more people and their dogs will get outside to enjoy the sun. This article offers legal points to help make sure you and your canine friend are law abiding members of the community. Dog Law 101 Your responsibilities as a pet owner: Under Illinois law, you are legally the owner … Continue reading THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Divorcing people have a variety of goals. Some are looking to escape a toxic relationship or a spouse that has been physically or financially unfaithful. Others are bored with their lives and looking for a fresh start. Still, others are simply looking for happiness away from their spouse. Regardless of the origin or motivation behind a divorce, many look to the divorce process to achieve … Continue reading DON’T CHASE THE ARSONIST: EMOTIONAL JUSTICE AND DIVORCE
Many couples reject the formalities of marriage and instead choose to live together in a committed relationship. Often referred to as a “common law marriage,” couples who live together do not have the same rights as married spouses. Illinois (like most states) does not recognize common-law marriages. But what happens when unmarried couples decide to break up? What are their rights or claims against the … Continue reading “MARRIAGE WITH NO RINGS ATTACHED”: RIGHTS OF UNMARRIED COUPLES UPON BREAKUP
In recognition of the World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day on June 1, I wanted to address some of the very real challenges for anyone divorcing a narcissist. According to psychcentral.com, over 158 million Americans suffer from narcissistic abuse. As a divorce lawyer of over 30 years, I have seen patterns of behavior in divorces involving narcissists. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, one thing is certain–a … Continue reading DIVORCING THE DEEP NARCISSIST: GET OUT OF THE BOILING POT!
The Illinois Adoption Act allows for the termination of parental rights in conjunction with an adoption. In order to do this, there must first be a showing that a biological parent is “unfit,” as defined in the adoption act. While the Adoption Act provides several grounds of unfitness, one of the most prevalent is the parent’s failure to maintain a reasonable degree of interest, concern … Continue reading USE IT OR LOSE IT: A PARENT’S LACK OF INTEREST CAN LEAD TO TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS