Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
High Point Plaza, 4415 West Harrison Street, Suite 213, Hillside, IL 60162
High Point Plaza, 4415 West Harrison Street, Suite 213
Hillside, IL 60162



Untitled---2023-11-28T091010.800.jpgWhen you choose to end your marriage through divorce, you will need to address many subjects in connection with your finances, your living arrangements, your relationships with your children and other family members, and other parts of your life. Dealing with all of this can be overwhelming, and it can be easy to overlook certain subjects that may not seem as important in the midst of legal proceedings and major life changes. Estate planning can be one topic that may seem like something that can be addressed in the future rather than right away. However, the topics which get addressed in your estate plan can have a monumental impact on your future, so you should not put off dealing with these topics. An attorney who has experience in both family law and estate planning can provide valuable guidance on what subjects you will need to address and what decisions you should make as you work to complete the divorce process.

Why Update Your Estate Plan?

An estate plan reflects your wishes for the distribution of your assets and the care of your loved ones. When going through a divorce, it's crucial to review and update this plan because:

  • Your ex-spouse may still have rights over certain assets based on the terms of different estate planning documents;


Untitled---2023-11-10T102215.949.jpgThe process of divorce is rarely easy, but it can become especially challenging in situations involving high levels of conflict between spouses. In these cases, emotions can run high, and spouses may struggle to find common ground on important issues such as child custody, asset division, and spousal support.

If you are going through a high-conflict divorce in Illinois, it is essential that you take steps to protect your rights. By being proactive and seeking legal guidance from a divorce attorney who has experience representing clients in high-conflict cases, you can ensure that your interests are safeguarded throughout the process.

The Importance of Legal Representation

While some people may consider handling their divorce proceedings without legal representation in order to save costs, this approach can often be detrimental, especially during a high-conflict divorce. With an experienced divorce attorney by your side, you can receive invaluable support and legal guidance as you work to try to resolve disputed issues. Your lawyer will help you navigate through the sometimes complex legal procedures involved in your divorce, and they will advocate for your rights and best interests. By working with the right attorney, you can make sure you will be fully prepared to negotiate agreements with your spouse or resolve matters in the courtroom when necessary.


Untitled---2023-10-24T120313.473.jpgDuring divorces and other family law cases, parents may need to resolve subjects related to child custody, and they may disagree on how to divide or share parental responsibilities and parenting time. Child custody-related disputes can be emotionally draining and difficult for all parties involved. Resolving these disputes through litigation in court can lead to increased hostility between parents, and prolonged legal battles can have negative effects on all members of a family. 

Fortunately, there is an alternative method that offers numerous benefits for families who need to address child custody issues: mediation. To determine whether this option may be beneficial in your situation, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney who can provide guidance on the best ways to resolve legal disputes related to your children. 

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third party helps parents communicate with each other and negotiate agreements on how to address child custody issues. This process provides a safe environment for parents to discuss their concerns, needs, and desires regarding the custody arrangements regarding their children.


Untitled---2023-10-13T093144.769.jpgGoing through a divorce can be emotionally challenging for anyone, but it can be especially complicated and difficult for parents. If you have children, you will need to address a variety of  subjects related to child custody (now called “parental responsibilities” in Illinois) during your divorce. This process can not only involve  dealing with legal factors, but the changes you and your ex  may be required to make in your lives can also lead to emotional turmoil. You may be able to alleviate some stress and minimize difficulties by agreeing to work together to raise your children as co-parents, even though you will no longer be married.

Co-parenting after divorce requires effective communication, cooperation, and putting the best interests of your children first. This may be easier said than done, especially after your relationship with your ex-spouse has broken down beyond repair. To make sure you will be able to co-parent your children effectively, you  should work with an experienced family law attorney to develop a parenting plan that will meet your family’s needs.

The Importance of Co-Parenting After Divorce

Co-parenting is essential for maintaining stability and consistency in your children's lives after your divorce. Even though your marriage has ended, you will both still have a responsibility to provide love and support to your children.


Hillside Prenup LawyerA prenuptial agreement, also known as a “prenup” or premarital agreement, is a legal contract that a couple may enter into before getting married. This agreement outlines how certain issues will be handled either during a divorce, or upon the death of one spouse, including the division of assets and liabilities. While many people associate prenups with property division, these agreements can also address other important financial issues, such as alimony. For those who are considering a prenuptial agreement and want to know more about their options for addressing alimony, a skilled family law attorney can provide very valuable legal guidance.

Understanding Alimony in Illinois

In Illinois, alimony is also known as maintenance, or spousal maintenance, or spousal support. Alimony consists of financial support paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. The purpose of spousal maintenance is to help the spouse who receives this support maintain their standard of living and transition into single life.

During a divorce, the court will consider several factors when determining whether to award spousal maintenance,  how much should be awarded, and how long it should be paid. These factors include:

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