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Holiday Parenting Time

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Dec 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

When establishing parenting time as part of a divorce or custody dispute, one of the most common issues that arises is holiday parenting time. It is often very difficult for parents to envision spending any holiday, whether its Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, or the Fourth of July, without their ch...

Can I Change My Parenting Plan?

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Dec 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The statute defines a parenting plan as a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities (formerly custody), parenting time (formerly visitation), or both. Under the statute, both parents must file a proposed parenting plan within 120 days after filing a petition to...

Summary of Gina and Laura's Recent Supreme Court Case

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Dec 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recently, Gina and Laura celebrated a victory at the Illinois Supreme Court with respect to an attorney fee issue that affects family law attorneys in the State of Illinois. Prior to the Illinois Supreme Court decision issued on Gina and Lauras case, In re the Marriage of Goesel, it was very unc...

Don't Ignore Your Case! Part I

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Nov 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Your spouse has filed for divorce. You received papers indicating you need to file your appearance and a response to the complaint within thirty days. You dont feel you can afford an attorney and youre not sure what the documents mean or what you are supposed to do. This is the unfortunate real...

Illinois Collaborative Process Act

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Nov 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

On August 18, 2017, the State of Illinois passed the Illinois Collaborative Process Act, in an effort to promote using the Collaborative process to settle more cases in the State of Illinois. This law will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Collaborative Process is a method of settling family law...

Can I fire my lawyer?

Posted by Christopher Holwell | Nov 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

You must remember, you (the client) are the master of your destiny. You want your lawyer to be in your corner and still be able to navigate the legal road that lays ahead. Let us talk about some reasons your lawyer should go. 1. The lawyer is never in his/her office and never can answer the phon...

Orders of Protection in Illinois

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Aug 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that many people live with on a regular basis. In Illinois, Orders of Protection are designed to try to help victims of domestic violence escape their abusers and prevent any further abuse from occurring. An Order of Protection is a Court Order that res...

Lollapalooza Dos and Don'ts

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Aug 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

 Lollapalooza kicks off tomorrow, August 3rd! By now youre probably on your way home from work, wondering what, if anything, you should bring with you tomorrow and what the day four day music fest will bring. Here are some of my tips for what to bring, what to do, and more importantly, what not ...

Lollapalooza Kicks Off This Thursday, August 3rd!

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jul 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although we mostly discuss the law in our blog, here at Holwell Law Group, LLC we also like to take a step back and enjoy all the different festivals, parades, and other events happening right here in Chicago. This week, Chicago kicks off one of its largest festivals of the summer: Lollapalooza. ...

Preparing for Trial

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jul 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are only two ways to get a divorce in the State of Illinois: (1) you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce, and enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement, which the Court incorporates into a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage; or (2) you and your spouse do not agree, your case...

What is a Counter-Petition and Why Should I File One?

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jul 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

When you are served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the Petition should come with a Summons indicating you must appear in the case and write a written response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. However, did you also know that you have a right to file your own Petition for ...

More Changes Coming to Maintenance in 2018

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jul 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a blog post dated June 5, 2017, I discussed some of the changes to the maintenance provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that took place in 2015. In particular, I discussed how the statute was changed to make it clearer how long a party would have to pay maintenan...

How to Find Hidden Assets in a Divorce

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jul 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Unfortunately, sometimes in divorce cases one party will try to hide assets from the other party in order to deprive the other party of their share in the assets. This is most commonly seen with undisclosed financial accounts, unreported and/or diverted income, or other hidden valuables. The deve...

Are You Headed for Divorce? Six Signs to Look For.

Posted by Christopher Holwell | Jul 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rarely do both partners reach the decision to divorce at the same time. Usually one of the partners decides that she just can't live with the marriage any longer, and despite the loss and feeling of failure that most times accompanies divorce, decides that it would be better than staying in the m...

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