Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois domestic abuse lawyerOften overlooked, excused, or even blatantly denied, domestic abuse remains rampant across the United States despite recent awareness campaigns.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every minute, 20 people, both male and female, experience some type of physical or psychological abuse by an intimate partner.

Often when domestic abuse is discussed one tends to visualize a battered woman with bruises, broken bones or traces of a physical assault at the hands of the abuser but emotional abuse is just as damaging, often causing irreversible damage to one’s psyche. Sans the physical signs of abuse, emotional abuse if often overlooked even by the person on the receiving end of the abuse.

The goal of an abuser who inflicts emotional abuse is to tear down his or her victim’s self-esteem and personal independence. Often victims of emotional abuse begin to feel that there is no recourse and resign themselves to become a willing participant in the cycle of abuse.

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Illinois child support attorney, Illinois family law attorneyUnder the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5), Section 505 is fully dedicated to the provisions and penalties of compliance to court-sanctioned child support orders. With upwards of 50 percent of American children witnessing the breakdown of their parents' marriage as well as the family dynamic, family law discussions involving child support and visitation schedules may very well reign as the primary focus of a family’s divorce.

As parents, attorneys, and the judicial system work diligently to ensure the child’s best interests are represented, decisions made at the time of the divorce may not remain copacetic with the original order, as the future can be uncertain.

Under Illinois statute, either parent can petition the court for a modification of child support in the event of substantial changes in circumstances. The Illinois family courts define these instances of change in income level, new medical or disability issues, the ratio of cost of living, changes in a child’s needs, or in response to new Illinois child support guidelines.

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Illinios child custody laws, Illinois family law attorneyWhen divorce involves children, the aura of the situation illuminates an entirely different hue. Beyond the dissolution of marriage is the parental responsibility of both parents preparing for their children’s health, economic, and overall wellbeing. These concerns are often addressed under each state’s family law guidelines and statutes. For the pre-divorce couple residing in Illinois, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS) provides structural guidelines and statutes regarding child support and visitation under Part VI, Allocation of Parental Responsibilities.

As the United States remains on the top 10 list of countries with the highest divorce rates, one may think that divorce has become standardized to a one size fits all, but that could not be further from the truth, especially when children are involved.

Historically, one of the immediate concerns expressed by the custodial parent is how Illinois handles visitation in the situation where the other parent is incapable of providing a safe environment during child visitation? This concern is often raised when the non-custodial parent may have an alcohol or substance abuse history, exhibit anger management issues, or basically has little or no interest in fostering a parental relationship with the child.

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Ilinois divorce laws, Illinois divorce attorneyThe average age of a failed marriage spans approximately 8.8 years before the couple is either seeking marriage counseling or the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney.

There are various reasons why couples forgo the counseling and navigate directly to seeking a qualified legal firm, but on a lighter note there are instances of bizarre reasons that brought an end to marital life.

The Thrill Is Gone. . .

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois divorce lawsIt is estimated that every year, over two million American couples wed. It is a happy yet hectic time as two people prepare to express their love for each other before family and friends. Vowing to work through life’s trials and tribulations in unison but, once married, is there a danger of losing one’s individuality?

Recently, The Huffington Post explored this question and how it may relate more to women than it does to the man of the house. Lindsay Detwiler, writer, high school English teacher, and wife, acknowledges there is often an assumption that when married, a woman silently accepts the back seat to her husband and is proud to do so as a wife.

Although this scenario may not be the norm, marriage can lessen a woman’s sense of self. They may be consumed with “wifely duties," place personal aspirations on the back burner, or bow to the social stereotypes often associated with marriage and, often later, divorce.

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