Archive, October 2014.

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Family law issues affect all members of the family, both immediate and extended. Grandparents and their grandchildren enjoy a special bond, but that relationship can be disrupted during a child custody dispute. If a child’s parent decides to limit or cut off your visitation with your grandchild, it can be emotionally devastating. As a grandparent, you are invested in the child custody battle between the child’s parents. Illinois law provides grandparents some visitation rights in certain circumstances. This legal area is continually changing and adapting to new family structures, and it …
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When spouses are in the process of a marriage dissolution, if there are children involved in the marital relationship, then child custody is one of the most important matters for consideration by the court. In all child custody determinations, the court uses the standard of the “child’s best interests” in making the final custody award. This standard requires a balancing of numerous factors, and is the prevailing method used in making custody arrangements, which will be most beneficial for the child’s well-being. The child’s wishes or preferences are one of the many factors the …
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Most people are somewhat familiar with the general purpose of prenuptial agreements. Popular culture and entertainment news is often full of talk about celebrities’ prenuptial agreements, and how they enact such agreements to protect their immense and highly valuable assets. Though you know why celebrities sign prenuptial agreements, you may never have considered how beneficial your own prenuptial agreement could be.
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Your first question when contemplating divorce may be how your property and assets will be split between you and your spouse. Financial concerns are often key factors during the divorce process. Many people hesitate before initiating a divorce due to such concerns. If you are thinking about divorce, but are worried about the financial consequences, it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney in the area, who can educate you on the process of property division and help answer any other questions you may have.
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As of June 1, 2014, Illinois law changed to allow same-sex couples to be legally married. This legal change is touted as a significant boon to Illinois, and has allowed many long-term partners to gain legal recognition. Of course no couple, same-sex or opposite-sex, enters a marriage with the intent of divorcing. However, divorce can happen amongst every type of married couple. Though same-sex couples can now get legally married and thus legally divorced, they still face unique challenges during the dissolution process.
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