Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois family law attorney, Illinois child support attorneyIf you are facing divorce and have children, you will undoubtedly have a longer process to go through than divorcing couples who are childless. One of the most complicated factors of divorce with children is settling issues of child support upon dissolution of the marriage.

Despite media saturation of parents failing to provide the type of child support for their children mandated legally, the vast majority of divorced non-custodial parents want nothing but the best for their children, and this often takes the form of money. It is when the exchange of this money lacks transparency that parents often feel reluctant to hand it over.

And it is a lot of money. Nationwide, an estimated $200 billion is exchanged annually in the form of child support and shared custody arrangement costs. In Illinois, the collection and distribution of child support is handled by the office of the Attorney General. The State Attorney General’s office collects approximately $300 million in child support from 90 Illinois counties. The efforts of the A.G.'s office appear to be working. In 2013, the agency collected almost $1.5 million more than they did in the previous year, and they handled almost 500,000 child support cases that year.

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Illinois custody lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWith the advent of the first holiday commercial appearing 100 days before December 25, K-Mart, a leading retail chain, did experience a varying degree of flack over what appeared to be an extensive early showing. Although we all tend to be annoyed how early retailers begin running their spots to grab the attention of holiday shoppers, it is estimated that 34 million Americans have already started their holiday shopping. As this represents 14 percent of the population, one million report that they have already finished gift buying. Although holiday gift-giving is a joyous occasion, for those who have undergone a divorce and share custody, the holiday season can become grueling as schedules become a challenge.

Often as the holiday season is recognized as the most contentious of custody conflicts within the calendar year, the following tips may assist both parents with reaching an effective compromise.

Refer to Your Current Shared Custody Agreement

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Illinois domestic violence attorney, Illinois family law attorneyJust under 250 miles from Chicago, Illinois, a local Greensburg, Indiana man had a plan, but instantaneously may have taken domestic violence crime one step beyond the norm. With an engagement ring in his possession, he visited his girlfriend’s home with the intention of proposing but when the woman replied negatively he grabbed a known firearm located in a bedroom nightstand and killed his girlfriend with one fatal shot to her temple. The man has since turned himself into the Greensburg police department and now stands accused of the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. As per the official affidavit, the investigation is ongoing with regard to intent, motive, and timeline.

This case may appear to deviate from the classic cycle of domestic abuse, but abuse can be defined as an indicated behavior that is inflicted upon a woman or a man by a person with whom she or he is involved in an intimate relationship. Although it has not been confirmed if there was a substantiated history or cycle of domestic abuse in this relationship, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) report states that every five years as many women are killed by their intimate partners - 54,000 -  as there were lives lost during the entire Vietnam War.

It may be interesting to note the progression of this case. Perhaps a charge of manslaughter will be passed but it may also raise new questions regarding the definition of stricter gun control laws or perhaps a new adaptation of domestic violence definitions. No matter how this case will be prosecuted, for those residing the 250 miles west of Indiana in Illinois, established definitions and protection options are fully disclosed under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60).

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyRecently the American Psychological Association (APA), a leading scientific organization comprised of researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students dedicated to societal issues and psychology, are now assisting couples ward off divorce through the development and application of scientifically tested relationship education-based programs.

In all probability and statistically, a new marriage has a 6.6 percent or one in 15 rate of survival and for many who opt not to divorce find themselves trapped in unhealthy marriages. The APA wants to increase the marital success rate by focusing on programs that increase positive interaction and communication among couples.

As early as the 1970s, research concluded that the quality of interaction and communication between couples was a highly predictable indicator whether or not the marriage was in distress and heading for divorce.

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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyerWith 1,300 newly blended families forming every day in the United States, it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of these marriages represent the second time around for one or even both of the spouses. For those entering a second marriage or those vacating a first marriage via divorce, perhaps some thought should be given to birth order and how this concept can and perhaps played a significant role in the relationship status. To completely understand the basic elements of this theory one may first explore their personal connection to the birth order hierarchy.

The Kingdom of the Firstborn

If you were born under the firstborn cosmos, you rule but then again you were the experiment under Parenting 101. You were the “first” at everything, you are the reigning king or queen of all siblings but also the first to meet high parental expectations leading you into the kingdom of perfection. You find yourself an organized individual who takes life seriously but also one who feels the pressure to always reach new heights.

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