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DICK PEACH Karen Kring

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Considering A Divorce Before Retirement with Ann O’Connell Law, LTD


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Tech -N-Toys 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Wellness A Process To Grow Through with Karen Kopan


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Evanston’s Inimitable Dick Peach



Editor’s Letter


his Evanston Magazine issue carries a conversation. The conversation represents clear sight toward a better world. I am a man on a mission to bring back the ‘art of being “incredible” while maintaining true lady like grace and/or true manliness. After literally dreaming about Evanston Magazine, I set out on creating a magazine that speaks to the modern person. Having discovered a niche that wasn’t fulfilled here in the North Shore, and wanting to offer a unique point of view on the magazine industry, as well as Evanston’s unique “common” touch. Evanston Magazine is dedicated to the person of style and substance. I’ve set out to mark a new course in publishing, and this is only the beginning. I bring two decades of branding & marketing experience. Evanston is currently leading the country with the use of marijuana sales in the cities conversation about reparations. The city has always had a reputation of having productive conversations based on race and fairness. Therefore, I enjoy watching businesses grow in Evanston as Evanstonian’s know the secret. Evanston is a great place to live and raise kids. In this issue we partnered with one of the leading diamond experts in the State of Illinois- The elegant Heather S. Bormann a true lady, who has signed on to write a limited series of articles. In this series she will explain the rules of fashion from a fashion and jewelry expert perspective. She will teach the readers of Evanston Magazine a blending of fashion and diamond knowledge for the finest of women. Explore our Cover Story. In Evanston Magazine, we shine the light on what I believe is one of the biggest losses in the history of Evanston. The retiring and relocation of THE UNOFFICIAL MAYOR -DICK PEACH. Dick is everyones grandpa, advisor, social worker, and drinking buddy. The elite of the North Shore are usually passed into the fold through Dicks knowledgeable nod. Enjoy an incredible article written by our commissioned Rotarian contributer Karen Kring. (pg 9) Attorney Ann. O’Connell will explain the issues that a person will face as they plan a divorce possibly in haste. She will leverage her talents to allow you a glimpse into what would be the best choices for you- the reader before you sign that decree. I am proud to present this issue of Evanston Magazine as we begin our transformation toward the collection we will leave as a legacy called, Evanston Magazine. Thank you and I look forward to you joining me in the journey. Please email all comments to Afoster@EvanstonMagazine.net and visit the website.

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he Barn Steakhouse has some buzz. Owner Amy Morton, daughter of famed Morton’s Steakhouse owner, is whipping up an affordable prix-fixe menu sure to please all pocketbooks! Now on offer and just in time for your winter dinner plans, the fabulous new menu is available every Monday through Friday and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and priced at only $30 per person! The Barn Steakhouse may be known for their meat-centric menu, including cuts of renowned local Heritage Angus Beef from Meats by Linz alongside delicious sides like Mac & Cheese topped with cheddar and gruyere, Creamy Swiss Chard, and Butterball Potatoes made with marrow butter, but the restaurant really does have so much more on offer. Meet the best new deal in Evanston where you can raise a happy hour glass of one of The Barn’s wildly popular cocktails and devour items from a specialty menu offering the same cherished dishes at an even lower price! The happy hour and prix-fixe menus are available in both The Barn Steakhouse’s main dining room and at the bar.



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This strategically charted wine has won many prizes: the 2015 vintage was awarded Gold from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition There are many different brands, types of wine on the market. Many of them are high quality and very expensive. We at Evanston Magazine will bring you our choices of the best ones for Evanstonians. Some wines are some that are low quality and very inexpensive. They will not appear here in this magazine as our brand doesn’t advance bad quality. Therefore we introduce to you our wine of the month. Bridlewoods Cabernet Sauvignon falls directly and comfortably in the middle range. It has the texture and taste usually reserved for high quality wine and would pass even the most scrutinizing experts palatable discrimination. What is surprising though is it also has the gift of being a moderately priced. This wine for the cost of around $14, you will be able to enjoy a very good bottle of wine. The flavor of the wine has a fruity grape and woodsy hint of nature. Enjoy a bottle ASAP. EVANSTON MAGAZINE.NET


“I met Dick and his wife, Shelley, when we were all parents at Washington School. Like everything he does, Dick was always available to help, participate, and provide for the Washington School students. He has done this for kids, for Rotary, for his business associates, his customers and always for his community…Together, we have raised a glass or two on many occasions as we shared the deep challenges and the joy that life always brings. Dick’s kindness, loyalty, bear hugs and HUGE heart are something extraordinary,” Jennifer Moran Evanston Community Foundation Director of Leadership and Training.

“There are people from Evanston that really define the town, and Dick is one of those. He embodies the qualities that most of us respect: hard-working, good solid values, honest, and he is not a ‘drive-by liberal.’ He ‘talks his talk, and walks his walk.’ You always know where Dick is coming from, where he stands on issues.” Hecky adds “We were so happy when Dick agreed to serve on the WE board because he truly understands the work ethic. He has worked his entire life, no one gave him anything, he worked for all that he has accomplished. He is a great role model for the younger generation.” Hecky Powell Restauranteur “What seems to amaze him, is the number of followers he has who do not fish, who won’t fish, who don’t want to learn how or ever do it. I think it’s because he loves and knows the lake, the reeds, the rocks, the trees and of course the fish. Many of us feel like we’re on a specially guided tour and the fish are incidental, And those who know and love fishing I’m sure appreciate all of it.” Mary Gavin Evanston Roundtable Editor “Dick has always brought a sense of optimism, fun and humanity to his efforts for the organizations he has served. Some mental images I have of Dick include him letting loose out on the dance floor with other EEA board members at the end of an EEA fundraiser, Dick talking candidly about his son Kyle’s heartbreaking fight with cancer as several of us waited in the [Evanston] Ecology Center office for a Board meeting to start…and Dick playfully pedaling up on his bike to help in the setup of the Evanston Green Living Festival of Streets Alive.” Rick Nelson Evanston Environmental Association Board Member I met Mr. Peach about six years ago at a community event.. since then, he took me under his wing and supported me at my toughest time as a parent, cheered for my success as a small business owner, and gave me purpose as a community leader. I will never forget his hugs, his smiles and him calling me, “Kid” - Mr. Peach, thank you for the time you created at a Northwestern game with myself and your son Kyle, it was truly a memorable day. Lastly, thank you for always giving me hope! I love you!! Linda Del Bosque, Publisher Evanston Woman Magazine La Voz de Evanston Magazine



Evanston’s Inimitable Dick Peach Story and Photos By Karen Kring





Photo By-karen Kring y day Dick is the general manager of Dempster Auto Rebuilders. In his spare time he’s doing all he can to help Evanston be all it can be, and a little more fun.

“Family always comes first, but civic duty a close second,” says Jorja McEwen of her brother Dick. Since its beginning, Dick has played Santa during Downtown Evanston’s winter Holiday Bash. He writes the awardwinning column Hooked on Fishing for the Evanston Roundtable. He has served in leadership positions in numerous Evanston’s community organizations: Evanston’s 4th of July Association, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, City of Evanston’s Liquor Control Review Board, Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston Environmental Association, WE Foundation, to name a few. He’s been president of 10




the Rotary Club of Evanston twice. appear for a military physical and was told Dick is not hard to get to know. What you see I could expect to be drafted in six weeks. I Dick notget, hard know.one What is whatisyou but to for get sometodetails, has couldn’t see myself as a Marine or Army, you see is what you get, but for some so that left Navy and Air Force. The Navy to dig a little deeper details, one has to dig a little deeper. was building up their submarine fleet, so KK: After you graduated from Evanston I decided to look into the Air Force. The Township High School in the mid-60s, Air Force offered me any service place in you studied at the School of the Art the world, if I went to Vietnam directly out Institute. What medium did you study? of training school, which I did. In the Air Force I was classified as a weapons specialist, DP: I studied Fine Art/Painting. We worked which meant I was certified to work on in oil paint. Acrylics had not been invented everything in the Air Force arsenal from a yet. I enjoyed working on canvas with oil, 45 cal. hand gun up to a 20 megaton nuclear because it was a very forgiving medium. weapon. In Vietnam I worked on loading aircraft on the flight line with bombs, guns KK: You served in the military from 1967- and missiles. In Europe I became part of a 1970. What lead you to the U.S. Air Force? lead training unit on all weapons systems What did you do in Vietnam and Europe? including the nuclear weapons. We were also assigned to inspect our NATO allies DP: The government cancelled all student bases where we had supplied aircraft and/ deferments in late 1966, because of the or weapons. The best part of my time in Vietnam conflict. I received a notice to the military was the friendships that I

Dick Peach accepts the Community Leader of the Year award from the Evanston Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s 2020 annual meeting in January

KK: So there was a time you didn’t live in Evanston, outside of your time in the Air KK:Force? So there was a time you didn’t live in Evanston, outside of your time in the Air Force? DP: When I came back from the Air Force I lived for a few months in the San Francisco bay area in Sausalito. When Rand McNally asked me to go into sales in 1975, I moved with Shelley and [step-son] Sean to Maryland. We were there for a little more than 3 years when we moved back to Evanston in 1979. We have been living on Greenleaf St. since then. KK: So there was a time you didn’t live in Evanston, outside of your time in the Air Force? DP: After I got out of the service I started helping a friend with his race car, working evenings and racing on weekends. Shelley came along to run timing and scoring for us. We were really low budget racing and we met others who were all weekend warriors racing Datsun 510 sedans. When we raced at the bigger tracks like Road America or Mid-Ohio we’d run into Paul Newman, figuratively and literally. We would sit around after a day of trading paint over a few beers. This was when we were not at open race days. When the public was allowed in, Mr. Newman never left his trailer, except to drive. At Road Atlanta for the National Championships all the crew trailers and motor homes were parked next to one another. For four or five years our crew would sneak over to Newman’s motor home and steal his Weber grill, and each year the challenge got more involved with chains, welded in brackets, steel bars. We always managed to steal it and they always knew where to find it. Good times. Shelley and I still see the racing gang once a year at their annual Christmas party. Two years years ago ago Dick Dick and and Shelley Shelley lost lost their theirson son25-year-old 25-year-old son sonKyle Kyletotocancer. cancer. Two KK: Is there anything you’d like your neighbors to know about Kyle? DP: Kyle was more complex that most people would have known about. He made friends all over the world through his video gaming, and from the notes and letters we have received touched my people in profound ways that Shelley and I were totally unaware of. He was also the best fishing partner I have ever fished with, capable beyond his young years with his knowledge of not just how to fish, but also the impact on the entire eco-system he fished. KK: Is there anything you can think of that would surprise folks about you?



developed. We are all still friends today and get together once a year to make sure we stay in touch. They are the brothers I never had. Dick hasn’t always worked Dempster Auto Rebuilders. He’s only been there the last 34 years. While studying at the School of the Art Institute, Dick worked at Rand McNally making printing plates for the 4-color presses. After his stint in the Air Force he worked there for 13 more years as a data supervisor running the corporate computer complex, and worked later in sales. KK: Let’s Let’s get get personal. personal. How How did did you you meet meet your your KK: wife Shelley? When did you know she was the one? DP: I met Shelley at Rand McNally, I was her supervisor. We went out a few times and we both knew that we were always going to be together. When I was being transferred to the East Coast I asked her come with me and she did, we’ve been together ever since.

DP: They might be surprised to know how much I love to spend time in the kitchen cooking. I probably do 90% of the cooking in our household, and it is how Shelley has said I won her over when on one of our early dates I made a fabulous dinner with Filet Mignon, braised asparagus spears, and twice baked potatoes for her. I really enjoy trying new dishes from almost any cuisine, and there’s nothing better than fresh made pasta. I love making that. In mid-2020 DickDick and Shelley set to change their full-time residence mid-2020 and are Shelley are set to change theirto northeast full-time Minnesota, near Lake Vermilon. somewhere near Lake Vermilon. residence somewhere to northeast Minnesota, KK: What draws you to Minnesota? KK: What draws you to Minnesota? DP: Its pristine lakes, rivers and forests. Some of the best fishing anywhere. We like the cooler climate, snow and cold doesn’t bother us. The people there are amazingly friendly and outgoing they are not paranoid about everyone and everything. We’re also looking forward to living in small town environment where people don’t have to lock their doors or cars/trucks and really do take care of their neighbors. Friends of Dick, fear not. fear Dick promises that he promises and Shelley will Evanston for of Dick, not. Dick thatbe back he inand Shelley at leastbeoneback monthin out Evanston of the year. for at least one month out of the year. will “He will be impossible to replace and our residents will miss his friendly, empathetic, straight talkwill frombe thisimpossible amazing community leader,” says Evanston Mayor Stevewill Hagerty. “He to replace and our residents

miss his friendly, empathetic, straight talk from this amazing community leader,” says Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty.




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Saving for College

A 529: An Account Specifically Made For College Savings Having children changes everything. Suddenly you’re focused on their future as well as yours. Most families want to do everything to help their children succeed, and one way is to pay for some or all of college. Let’s explore one way to save for college:

Prerequisite: Like taking a 100 level course before the 300 level course, there is a prerequisite to hit before saving for college. First, take care of yourself get comfortable with your emergency and retirement savings. After all, your child can take loans for college, you can’t take a loan for retirement. Also, most would rather pay off student loans than pay for you in your old age (trust us, we see both circumstances). If you aren’t comfortable with your retirement savings yet, review our previous article for Evanston Woman.

529 Plans College Savings Plans: If you believe you are ready to save for college, the best option is a 529 college savings plan. Why? Because any yearly investment growth is not taxed; additionally, the growth isn’t taxed if you withdraw it to use for education. That’s right, you never pay taxes on the investment growth if used for education. Another advantage of 529 College Savings Plans: if you live in Illinois, 14


you can get an Illinois income tax deduction for contributions of up to $10,000 per year ($20,000 per couple) to one of the Illinois sponsored plans. The Illinois Bright Start plan has solid investments and low costs. It is a good option for most people in Illinois. That said, each state has a 529 plan, and they don’t limit your student’s college choices. So you could, for example, live in Illinois contribute to a plan in Nevada (you would not get an Illinois tax deduction) and pay for college in Delaware. With these plans, you open an account as the owner and contribute money for a beneficiary (your child). You then invest your contributions from several choices offered within the plan. One way to approach this decision is using the age-based mutual funds offered in all plans. They have funds for children of various ages (e.g. funds for children aged 0-2 or 3-5), which are great, simple options if you don’t feel comfortable making complex investment decisions.

529 FAQs: Extra money – If you have extra money in a 529 (a good problem), you have options: You can change the beneficiary of the account to a relative (normally from one child to another).

You can save it for a child’s graduate school. You can withdraw the money, but you will pay taxes on investment growth AND a 10% penalty. Scholarships – You can withdraw the amount of a scholarship without penalty (you still pay taxes on the investment growth). Or you can use the money for room and board and other qualified expenses. Financial Aid – Yes, a 529 plan reduces your child’s aid eligibility. However, when the assets are in your name, it reduces aid only by a maximum of 5.64% of the account value.

What else should I know? There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans. We find prepaid tuition plans restrictive and normally recommend savings plans (which we described earlier). If you have questions, feel free to contact us through our website. Otherwise, we’ll talk to you again soon with an upcoming article about teaching your children how to manage money responsibly.


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Diamonds and Glamour by Heather S. Bormann

Well, You’ll Never Know Until You Try, And Do Try Them All! Written by Heather S Bormann

Hoops, Studs or Dangles There are many types of earring styles available, making it difficult to choose what to wear, and even harder to decide what to purchase when picking a pair of earrings for the perfect gift. Should the earrings dangle and catch people’s attention? Should the earrings be understated, small and close to the ear? If I go for a hoop, how large is too large? The number of options can be as overwhelming as the opinions that are available on this subject. If you are choosing the perfect earrings for a special occasion, give yourself time while getting dressed to try on a few options. Look in the mirror after your hair is styled, to make sure you are seeing the right balance of impact and subtlety you are going for. They should catch the eye, but not detract from your overall look. There are no rules about when to choose a hoop, a stud or a dangle, but it’s important that the chosen earrings do not compete or clash with the necklace that is worn. When choosing a really dramatic earring, in any style category, the loudest version can always safely be paired with no necklace at all, bearing in mind that it’s easier for a necklace to compete with an outfit than your earrings. If you are making the decision on which style of earrings to purchase as a gift, ask for help, and have someone try them on so you can see them on someone. Then, try and imagine the earrings on the recipient to see if you think that’s an attractive look. A gift does not need to be a carbon copy of something the person 16


already owns. The gift of jewelry is a sentiment that says “this made me think of you”, and no one can have too many earring styles in their life. Choosing the right earrings for work, however, can be less of a tricky decision, and more of a very dull business. Conservative styles such as stud earrings and tiny hoops can be a safe choice if flash and flare are not appropriate for the work atmosphere, but mix-matching these can add a little spice to an otherwise ordinary accessory choice. A small, sparkly aquamarine stud in one ear and the same size white pearl in the other ear may not catch everyone’s attention around you, but the pay off you will enjoy comes from the feeling of making a fun accessory decision on what would be just an ordinary Tuesday. How large is too large? The question of the ages in the hoop department! Size does not matter, but how they hang on the ear absolutely does. No matter how attractive the earring, if it pulls the lobe down in a stressed or wrinkled way, this will take away from the attractiveness of the earring, and even cause discomfort while wearing them. If the hoop is large, but sits nicely on the lobe and doesn’t create any drag or pull downwards, try the next size larger and see if the same is true. Just go for it! LIFE IS SHORT. Wear the hoops. Buy the dangles. Mix the studs

Ladies Choice HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU OWNED YOUR BUSINESS? I have owned Studio SLK for the past 8 years. March 24th marks our 8 year anniversary WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO OPEN YOUR OWN HAIR SALON? I went to cosmetology school while in High School and received my Cosmetology Certificate from McDaniels Beauty School the same time I received my High School diploma. Then I went away to college at Grambling State University where I received my Bachelors of Public Administration degree. Couple years after I returned, I worked at Evanston Health Department as an HIV Counselor, went to Dudley Beauty School for a refresher course, received my Cosmetology License ,started working at a local salon while at the health department did both for about 6 years before deciding to venture out and opening Studio SLK because I had my own vision of what I wanted my consumers to experience. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WOULD TELL YOURSELF 10 YEARS AGO?

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Owner of Slk Studio 1934 Maple Avenue

If I could see my self in the past, I would tell myself to take more risks, learn, don’t take life so serious, explore the world, learn lessons early so that they are not repeated, and be more financially savvy. WHAT ORGANIZATIONS DO YOU BELONG TO AND WHY? Currently, I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, which is a service organization that was founded on Howard University campus in Washington, DC . It is the first Greek lettered sorority established by college educated AfricanAmerican Women. Because I am about service, I am able to fulfill my personal interests through the organizations programs and service projects my locally and globally.

When People Show You Who They Are….Believe Them- Mayou Angelou



Balancing being a Wife, Mother, and Business Owner comes with its challenges. However, I am fortunate that I have my, Loving, Present, Supportive, Understanding,Patient, Willing husband Olawale Kadiri. He is hands-on with our daughter Jordin Kadiri when I am unavailable. I spend a lot of time working on and in the business which keeps me away from home for long hours and prevents me from attending all of her activities ( soccer games etc) My husbands schedule is consistent which enables him to be present when im not. My daughter Jordin understands that when Mom is away she is working and we make sure that time is spent together. She is a freshman now so she busier than I am these days.

I love the fact that besides giving other Professionals like myself a place to showcase their natural talents, women from all walks of life, children, and some men are able to enter a space and relax, get pampered, converse with old friend, new friends, and family. Studio SLK is a small minority minority owned and operated business. I am able to make a difference by supporting other small businesses. Once a month, Studio SLK host a Pop Up Shop where small businesses get the opportunity to showcase their work, get recognized , and consumers are able to support them. We also partner with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Chi Omega Chapter ( Soles for Souls, Eye Glass Collection ) , ( The Ivy Pearl Foundation( sponsoring signature event “Casino Royale since 2017)Inc., Womens Club Of Evanston ( Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique), Northwestern University ( Art of Black Hair Care) just to name a few. We are continuously making a difference one way or another.

My Husband and I have been married for almost 16 years and for that to work, it takes love, respect, understanding, nurturing , patience and giving each other space to develop into ones true self. We do our best to have date nights even if it means simply relaxing on the couch and watching a movie and We also travel as much as possible.








ould you like to learn how to move from feeling closed off or slightly curious about planning for death to feeling more open and enlightened about the choices you have? Can you let go of control and let faith carry your concerns? You can honor your own beliefs and values when navigating how your future path will play out, down the road when facing your own mortality. Once you are armed with knowledge and preparation, you can secure better care and services that fit your choices and lifestyle. Talking about death and dying equips you to handle the decisions and emotional turmoil that can ensue in a critical situation. Open dialogue and the expression of thoughts and feelings about the end of life can alleviate the fear associated with it. As a result of these conversations, you may find a greater appreciation for how precious each day and moment truly are, especially with the important people in your life. And how do I know this? I have been involved in caring for the dying for over 30 years. I’ve studied the topic in school and in seminars. I am not afraid to “go there” with people and have followed my path to help those in need. I have in a sense befriended death because I have lived professionally and personally around it.

I have witnessed the pain and suffering of people who haven’t had the chance to plan for the day they end up in the hospital. I’ve felt the difficulty families have in making decisions when they really do not know what to do and if they are making the right call by continuing with life support. There is an entire generation of baby boomers (including me) who are getting a little too close for comfort to their own mortality. And you know what? I understand. I get it. After the loss of my Dad and one of my dear friends, I formally completed my living will and have been inspired to help others with theirs. Preparing your advanced directives is a process you can grow through. It allows you to examine your priorities, your hopes and wishes for yourself and your family, and a way to protect yourself and family in uncertain times. Learning about choices, making your decisions and talking about them with your friends and family enables you to breathe a little easier and inspire others to do the same. Imagine how that would be. You get to decide what “living” really means to you and what you would consider a “good” death. An advance directive package includes a personalized review of your current and future health concerns, a designation of power of attorney for healthcare, a complete advance directive outlining your decisions regarding life support, comfort care and after death planning and up to four hours of personal consultation.

The package can be for an individual, a couple or for a family.

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intensivekaren.com or call 847-901-3338. “What Waldo we fearEmerson of doing most is usually what -Ralph we most need to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson For a complimentary consultation, email Karen Kopan at karen@intensivekaren.com or call 847-901-3338. Karen Kopan Intensive Karen Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse. RN, Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Acute Board Certified Critical Care Nurse. Care. Nurse Practitioner.



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Considering A Divorce Before Retirement


ndividuals over the age of 50 and approaching retirement may begin to consider their options for a major lifestyle change. The rate for couples choosing to go ahead with a “gray” divorce has increased twofold since the 1990s, based on studies conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Some couples may decide that dissolving a long-term marriage allows each individual to pursue his or her own goals without any restrictions. Financing a newly single lifestyle, however, may require dividing a variety of assets during a divorce proceeding. Illinois divides a couple’s property under its equitable distribution system. As reported by Reader’s Digest, the court divides everything by what it considers fair or “equitable.” From the family court’s viewpoint, all properties and assets obtained during a marriage belong to both individuals, but they should not expect an equal or 50-50 division. Splitting Property Between Two Spouses Some factors a judge considers when determining how to split property fairly include each spouse’s age, health and ability to generate income. An individual who will rely upon financial support or alimony may decide that selling property



and splitting the proceeds is fairer. Negotiating the sale of properties and splitting proceeds between two ex-spouses may, however, require several discussions before finalizing a divorce through the court. Requesting A Payout From A Retirement Plan Some individuals may need to determine how to “cash-out” from a spouse’s employer-sponsored retirement plan. An individual has the right to a portion of a working spouse’s pension plan including a 401(k). As reported by Kiplinger magazine, federal law requires that a spouse request a qualified domestic relations order from an employer during the divorce procedure. An individual may request a percentage of the plan or a set dollar amount of a spouse’s workplace retirement fund. For more information on preventive lawyering and the Divorce process in the Chicagoland area, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get information and legal advice you are seeking by calling Ann O’Connell, LTD Evanston, Illinois 847-859-6222.

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