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UNDERSTANDING MEDIATION

UNDERSTANDING MEDIATION

Author: Amy Sholar | Sholar Stephan Law Mediation is a process where the parties can attempt to amicably settle the pending issues in their divorce, or even child related issues that occur after the divorce is finalized. Mediation may be voluntary or court ordered. In...

Divorce and Family Law in Light of COVID-19

Divorce and Family Law in Light of COVID-19

By Amy Sholar of Sholar Stephan Law The practice of law is based on the fundamental principles of precedent. In other words, as lawyers, we often look to history and relevant past examples to set a standard for how current events should be decided. And, as humans, we...

DO WE NEED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM?

DO WE NEED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM?

Author: Amy Sholar | Sholar Stephan Law In many divorce cases with minor children, the Court may, at their discretion, appoint a Guardian Ad Litem. The role of the “GAL” in Illinois parenting/custody matters is governed by 750 ILCS 5/506(a)(2). The GAL shall submit to...

DIVORCING. WHEN TO STAY OR MOVE?

DIVORCING. WHEN TO STAY OR MOVE?

Author: Amy Sholar | Sholar Stephan Law  Staying in the same home as your soon to be ex-spouse can be emotionally draining and sometimes downright dangerous. Deciding whether or not to stay can be extremely difficult, but it is important to know what the repercussions...

BIRD NESTING. A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN?

BIRD NESTING. A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN?

Author: Kelly Stephan | Sholar Stephan Law Bird-Nesting is when, during a divorce or parentage battle, the parents move in and out of the home and the children stay put. This could mean that the parties each have their own residence or are sharing the second. This...

TIPS FOR EFFECTIVELY COPARENTING DURING AND AFTER A DIVORCE

TIPS FOR EFFECTIVELY COPARENTING DURING AND AFTER A DIVORCE

Author: Amy Sholar | Sholar Stephan Law The goal in every divorce should be to lessen the impact on the children. So how do we effectively coparent? Perhaps we start with the things we SHOULD NOT do. We should not: Say negative things about the other parent to the...

SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS

SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS

Author: Kelly Stephan | Sholar Stephan Law Almost everyone is on social media. It is a useful tool to keep up with the people in our lives. However, especially during divorce proceedings, it is important to be careful about what you post. Anything that is posted can...