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How Do I Get the Deed to My House After Divorce in Illinois?

October 16th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

By John Martoccio

“After my divorce, my ex-husband didn’t give me a deed to our house in Illinois as he was ordered to do in our Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. I can’t find him now to have him sign the deed. What do I do?”

All is not lost, if you received the house as part of your divorce settlement, Marital Settlement Agreement, or Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage you should take two immediate steps.

1. Record your divorce judgment commonly called your Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage with the Recorder of Deeds in the Illinois County where the house is located. This should be done so that if a judgment creditor attaches a lien to the property that creditor will have notice of your superior rights to the property. It will also stop your former husband from easily selling his interest in the house to a new purchaser.

2. File a petition for a Judge’s Deed in Illinois. This petition allows an Illinois divorce Judge to order your former husband to sign the deed transferring his interest to you. Alternatively the divorce judge has the power to actually sign a Judge’s Deed on behalf of your former husband which would transfer the house to you. The deed then should be recorded with the Recorder of Deeds in the county where the house is located.

The judge has authority to make that transfer of ownership to you under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (735 ILCS 5/2-1304b).

If you are in need of deed advice in Illinois, contact an experienced Hinsdale divorce lawyer. Call (630) 920-8855 to speak to a knowledgeable attorney today.

Financial Worries One Reason People Don’t Get Divorced

July 20th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

By Staff Writer

You may hear of many more people staying in an unhappy marriage than divorcing and starting over. According to a new study by a UK law firm and reported by the Huffington Post, “the number-one reason unhappy spouses stay together is because they lack the courage to divorce.” Just about 20 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed in the study “said they felt trapped in their relationship but would not consider a divorce unless financial stability could be guaranteed.” Being financially solvent after a divorce is one of the most common concerns and reasons that people shy away from it—but with the help of a qualified family law attorney, even with initial legal costs, you could end up saving money in the long run and figuring out a financial plan that works for you in your newly single life.  

The importance of figuring out post-divorce financials is especially pertinent if you’re a woman, and your soon-to-be-ex husband was the primary breadwinner in the relationship. According to Forbes, there are several steps that women can take to ensure financial stability, even after a debilitating divorce. The first is to update all accounts. This may mean changing the name on accounts if the woman decides to go back to her maiden name. Accounts are varied, and don’t just involve money—also your “utility companies, insurance companies, credit card companies, the motor vehicle department, your children’s school(s), etc.” Titles on all assets, such as houses and cars, will also have to be changed. Ensuring that all this mundane paperwork is in order is the most important first step toward financial stability post-split.

You’ll then have to work with an experienced divorce lawyer to “develop a comprehensive financial plan,” and begin to build your credit. It all may seem daunting, but according to the British study, “although divorce can be scary, staying in a broken marriage can be detrimental to both the spouses and their kids,” despite prevalent and valid financial concerns.

If you or someone you know is considering divorce, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area divorce attorney today.

Keep Your Divorce From Getting Bitter

June 22nd, 2013 at 8:15 am

By Staff Writer

Divorce isn’t easy. It’s rarely kind, and more often than not emotions of hurt, disappointment, and anger surface in an ugly way. The idea that you could keep your divorce amiable by attempting to stifle these emotions may be too simplistic, but, according to the Huffington Post, there are some easy things you can do to keep your divorce from heading deep into the abyss of irreconcilability. These are especially important tips if you’re divorcing from a partner with whom you have children—it may sound cliché, but allowing your children to keep a healthy relationship with your ex is crucial to their development, as well as your sanity. Specifically in situations where you have full custody, the better the relationship between your kids and your ex, the more apt you are to get some time for yourself every once in a while. 

The first piece of advice that the Huffington Post gives to keep your divorce amiable is to resist complaining about your ex. “How can you possibly move forward in a productive and positive manner if you are living in the past? If you think your friends want to hear your incessant complaints about the ex, you are sorely mistaken,” reports the Huffington Post. Instead of complaining, the article suggests, try doing 20 squats (or push-ups or sit-ups) every time you feel the urge to complain.

Also try to avoid keeping score, or keeping “tabs on everything,” suggests the Huffington Post. According to the article, “life isn’t about keeping score, it’s about kindness and love to one another.” Try to keep your attitude up even if you’re not feeling happy and lucky deep down—the more you practice positivity in every small situation, the more positive of a person you’ll be.

If you’re ready to take the step into divorce and are interested in exploring your options, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area divorce attorney today.

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