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  • Illinois Shelter-in-Place Executive Order and Parenting Time


    Illinois Governor Pritzker has issued a lengthy Executive Order limiting travel in Illinois in the effort to contain the spread of the current Coronavirus outbreak. The stated intent of this Executive Order is to “ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible…to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible.” The Executive Order may be viewed at https://www2.illinois.gov/Documents/ExecOrders/2020/ExecutiveOrder-2020-10.pdf


    The Executive Order lists numerous instances in which travel is permitted, which include at paragraphs 5(a) and 14(b) references to travel for the care of children as not being excluded from the travel limitations. The Executive Order limitations on gatherings, use of public places, and social distancing requirements apply to any permitted travel.


    While travel to exchange children for parenting time is not clearly excluded under the Executive Order, the intent of the Executive Order, as well as common sense, dictate that in cases of persons who are or may be infected, or persons who are caring for or living with persons either who are or may be infected or who are most vulnerable to infection (such as the elderly), modifications to parenting time arrangements should be considered.


    While it is, of course, hoped that the steps needed to control the pandemic will be of a relatively short duration, any interruption in parenting time schedules can be stressful on the parents and children. Parents should be aware of the impact upon all involved in making any parenting time adjustments and consider implementing extended electronic communications between the children and other parent if the parenting time schedule is modified or interrupted.

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    January 1, 2018 · Tax Law,Divorce,Tax Considerations,spousal support,alimony
    The recent changes to Federal Tax law include a provision that for any divorce (dissolution of marriage) commenced (filed with the Court) after December 31, 2018, spousal support (alimony or maintenance) resulting for those proceedings will not be taxable income to the receiving spouse nor tax...
    Originally published January 5, 2015 Whether the end of the marriage partnership is an amicable and straight-forward winding up of the finances, or a complicated and acrimonious process, the divorce judgment or marital settlement agreement should set forth the details and mechanics of resolving...
    3 part series originally published September 16, 2015, September 23, 2015 & October 6, 2015 While legislative changes to Illinois Family Law may not rise to the level of Mark Twain’s apprehensions, the changes do add to the complexity and confusion that is divorce, custody, support and...
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    Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP represents clients in all aspects of family law cases.

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    The attorneys of Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP use their extensive family law experience to provide a personal and cost-effective approach as advocates for their clients. This approach provides our clients access to any of our three partners when they need them the most.

    Richard J. Coffee II


    With more than 40 years as an attorney, Richard Coffee has experience in the areas of business, real estate, insurance, education, juvenile court, probate, trusts, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and family law to better serve our clients. Richard Coffee has extensive family law advocacy experience, including representation on behalf of clients who are current or retired military personnel, clients with matters involving state jurisdictional issues when families relocate, clients with government or private retirement valuation and division issues, and cases involving public education issues.

    Sarah E. Ward


    Sarah E. Ward is a Partner with Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP. Sarah Ward has practiced over 13 years in Belleville, Illinois, primarily in the area of family law and has represented families in St. Clair County, Madison County, Monroe County, Clinton County and counties throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Sarah Ward has extensive family law advocacy experience, including representation on behalf of clients in contested custody and removal matters, as well as those who are current or retired military personnel.


    Natalie G. Bower


    Natalie Bower is a Partner with Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP and has devoted her practice for over 12 years exclusively to the area of family law. Natalie Bower’s experience includes advocating for clients in contested and non-contested divorces, establishing parentage (paternity), litigating initial determinations and modifications of child custody, child support and spousal support (maintenance/alimony) matters, as well as handling Orders of Protection, military divorces, jurisdictional disputes, and asset/property and retirement divisions.

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  • Serving Communities Throughout Southern Illinois
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    Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP represents clients in all aspects of family law cases including: divorce, military divorce, custody, child support, paternity, and premarital agreements.

    The family law and divorce attorneys of Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP practice in the Illinois Counties of St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, Washington, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Bond, Fayette, Perry and Jackson Counties serving the cities of Belleville, O'Fallon, Shiloh, Fairview Heights, Swansea, Lebanon, Mascoutah, Scott AFB (Air Force Base), Collinsville, Columbia, Waterloo, Chester, Millstadt, Freeburg, Edwardsville, Granite City, Troy, Alton, Caseyville, Fairmont City, East St. Louis, Jerseyville, Glen Carbon, Breese, Highland, Albers, New Baden, Carlyle, Greenville, Red Bud, and Smithton

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