Q&A With a ChicagoNow Blogger: Denise Norberg-Johnson, Animal Communicator and Author of Animals Know: What Animals Teach Us

Q&A With a ChicagoNow Blogger: Denise Norberg-Johnson, Animal Communicator and author of  Animals Know: What Animals Teach Us.  What does an animal communicator do and how she can help in your divorce? Do you have a dog or cat?  Was this beloved pet caught in the middle of your divorce?  Or is your pet acting... Read more »

Hurry! Sign up now for "Creating the Life You Deserve" Divorce Support Group for Women

Hurry! Sign up now for  ”Creating the Life You Deserve” Divorce Support Group for Women starting May 19th.  Only a few spaces left for this last session until fall. [Sorry guys, if you know of a similar group for men, let me know!] If you are a woman thinking of divorce, in the process or... Read more »

Donald Sterling’s Estranged Wife Has ‘No Immediate Plans' To File For Divorce Despite His Racist Comments & Mistress, Claims Source

Donald Sterling’s estranged wife has ‘no immediate plans’  to file for divorce despite his racist comments & mistress, from this article from Radar Online. The article speculates both Donald and his wife, Shelly, are too cheap. That it would cost too much to go through the procedures to divide their extensive real estate holdings. Perhaps it... Read more »

Chicago Divorce Events for April and May 2014

Here are several not to be missed Chicago divorce events for April and May 2014 If you have a Chicago divorce event, please send it to me at DivorceChicagoStyle@gmail.com In the meantime, if you are contemplating divorce,  in the midst of divorce, or know someone who is going through a divorce, you can find  helpful... Read more »

Former Cook County Divorce Court Judge Michele Lowrance Joins JAMS

Former Cook County Divorce Court judge Hon. Michele Lowrance, joins JAMS as a mediator in the family law practice area. Judge Lowrance should know a few things about mediation in divorce. She has spent years as a divorce court judge in Cook County.  She saw the negative and destructive effects of litigation so she wrote... Read more »

Chicago Divorce Events for April 2014

Some Chicago divorce events for  April 2014: April 9th [Wednesday]: Managing Stress and Dealing with Difficult People Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. http://www.oasisexperience.com/day_seminars.htm Cost: $35 for one seminar, $65 for two seminars, $95 for all three seminars. Advanced payment and registration necessary. Please download reservation form. Winter/Spring 2014 Seminar registration form. All seminars held at... Read more »

November Divorce Related Events

Here are the divorce related events for November. Where did October go?  I was working on tax returns that were on extension so was very busy until the 15th.  But here are three great events for someone going through a divorce or is thinking of doing so.  Please send your future event to me at... Read more »

When Does Dating Become Cohabitation in Illinois?

When does dating become cohabitation in Illinois?  Why is this so important? Under Illinois law, cohabitation is one way  to terminate maintenance payments.  The law provides that maintenance payments terminate in the event of death, remarriage or cohabitation.  However, the statute does not provide the definition of cohabitation.  The courts have decided this on a... Read more »

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Last night I attended the “Light Up The Lakefront” reception for  the October start of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Between Friends is an organization that helps [mostly] women and children escape domestic violence and to rebuild their lives.  Some people don’t make it.  This display on the... Read more »

What I Learned in Divorce Boot Camp

What I learned in “Divorce Boot Camp” today.  I have an Illinois law license which requires that I take so many hours each year of continuing legal education.  I tend to take those hours in either divorce  or taxation. [Readers, in case you have not read the "About the Blogger" section of this blog, I... Read more »
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    I filed for a divorce in 2003. I had no idea that ELEVEN years on, that I would still be in divorce-related litigation. There have been two trials, an appellate court decision affirming the original trial decision, numerous other hearings, depositions and more. A second appellate court decision is pending. I write mostly from the woman's point of view. Or rather, the spouse who stayed home and raised the children, the one who gave up a career. When first married, I worked as a law librarian and do have a law degree but never practiced. Having that law degree has given me insights into the often mysterious ways of the legal system, especially in Cook County. Recently I have reactivated my law license, became an Enrolled Agent [a license given by the IRS after taking a series of tests] and prepare tax returns. Please share your experiences or ask me questions. Email me at divorcechicagostyle@gmail.com Follow me on Twitter for articles and and news about Illinois Appellate Court divorce related decisions.

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