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Tips for How to Prepare for Filing for Divorce

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Mar 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

This morning I read an Article by an attorney who practices in Arizona and California titled Five Important Steps to Consider in Advance of Filing for Divorce. In her article, attorney Marlene Pontrelli points out five things anyone considering filing for a divorce can do to prepare themselves ...

Illinois' Parental Rights for the Blind Act

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Feb 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently, the State of Illinois passed the Parental Rights for the Blind Act (750 ILCS 85/1, et seq.) in order to protect blind parents from being discriminated against in legal proceedings involving children, such as parenting disputes, guardianship proceedings, and private adoptions. Although t...

New Illinois Laws 2018: Pet Custody

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jan 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

On January 1, 2018, Illinois officially recognized the concept of “pet custody” in a revision made to Section 503 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  Prior to this year, pets were simply considered property to be divided by the court, like a piece of furniture or a vehicle....

What do I do now that I'm Divorced?

Posted by Christopher Holwell | Jan 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

What do I do now that I'm Divorced? This is a very common question we receive from our clients. "What do I do now?" Number 1: We provide a fairly comprehensive list to our clients (see below) of actions they should take. Save a copy of your Final Judgment, Settlement Agreement, and Allocation of Parental Responsibility in a safe place. If you have an Allocation of Parental Responsibility, you will need to refer back to it often to remember the timesharing schedules and other important details. Change your estate planning documents. If you previously had a Will appointing your former spouse as personal representative or beneficiary, you may want to have it amended. Our office will give you a referral to an estate planning attorney if necessary. Meet with your Financial Planner to reassess your financial needs and how your financial plan should be modified to better match your needs. Change the beneficiary on any life insurance policies. If necessary, change the titles on assets like your home and cars. If necessary, you may need to insure your car and home in your name only; you will want to contact your insurance agent. Take care of closing all joint bank and credit card accounts. Obtain individual auto, rental and health insurance. If your name has been legally changed, you will need to request a new Social Security Card, driver’s license, and passport. You will also need to change your name on all bank and credit card accounts, and notify your children’s school. Keep records of all alimony and child support payments paid or received. Also, record payments for extracurricular and uncovered medical expenses. Keep a log of any future incidents involving the children. You may also want to schedule appointments with a counselor, therapist or other professional to help you transition. Our office will give you a referral to professionals who specialize in therapy and family counseling. Number 2: If you don't already, exercise. Crossfit, Orange Theory, Lifetime, etc. Do classes (or get a coach/personal trainer) so someone else will work you through. Don't workout alone; that's not the point. It's been proven that exercise does the following to your body: It helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity Exercise-improved insulin/leptin receptor sensitivity is perhaps the most important factor for optimizing your overall health and preventing chronic disease Exercise also encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing your nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage Unexpected side effects of exercise include improved sexual function, changes in gene expression, clearer skin, and improved mood and sleep Research shows that the “secret” to increased productivity and happiness on any given day is a long-term investment in regular exercise, and a little each day appears to go further than a lot once or twice a week So in short, exercise makes you feel better, look better, sleep better and helps prevent chronic disease. It's a good place to start.

New Illinois Family Laws in 2018

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Jan 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

The New Year is officially here and usually, that means new laws. This year is no exception and many of the new laws enacted in 2018 can directly affect your family law case. Here are a few of the new laws that may affect your divorce, parentage, or order of protection case: Collaborative Divorc...

What is Bitcoin and How Can it Affect My Divorce?

Posted by Gina Colaluca | Dec 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately because the value of a bitcoin has skyrocketed over the past few weeks. In fact, as Im writing this blog post, the value of one bitcoin is equivalent to $17,704.56 USD. With all this hype, many people may be wondering, what is a bitcoin? stat...

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. ...

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