Category Archives: Family Law

b2ap3_thumbnail_divorce-signs.jpgRecently, The Huffington Post consulted with Rosalind Sedacca, founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network for parents and a certified divorce and relationship coach, to discuss the relationship complexities of marriage and what may be the tell-tale signs it may be time to dissolve the union.In response, Sedacca voiced that only when a marriage begins to unravel is when couples reflect on their marital mistakes. Sedacca further stresses that if a relationship has lost its loving feeling or operates without mutual love or respect, it may be time to either consult with a marriage counselor or a qualified divorce attorney. The following are her six tell-tale signs a marriage may have become irrevocably broken.

1.  Lack of Mutual Respect

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b2ap3_thumbnail_marriage.jpgAlthough the Millennial generation statistically appears hesitant to rush down the marital aisle, Peter Pearson, couples therapist and co-founder of the Couples Institute of Menlo Park, California has a word of advice for those choosing to make the leap. In agreement with social scientists who believe that married couples lead a happier existence, evident by a recent 2015 research paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Pearson’s first word of advice, ensure that the chemistry is clearly evident. Although, Pearson eludes that chemistry is not everything, he does believe that if chemistry, both physical and emotional, is not a key component of the relationship, it may be a long road ahead for the couple, often resulting in divorce.

The concept of social chemistry or how one feels when they are with their better half plays a crucial role in the stability and growth of a relationship. Transactional analysis, a model that provides an account of how two people simultaneously interact has been explored as far back as the 1950s.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_annulment.jpgWhat is an annulment?

An annulment is known as a "declaration of invalidity of marriage" in Illinois law. It is a type of civil Court proceeding. An annulment is begun by a Husband or Wife filing a Petition for Invalidity of Marriage in an Illinois Circuit Court. Based upon sufficient proof of grounds for an annulment, an Illinois Domestic Relations Judge may enter a Judgment of Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage. In effect, a Court Order is entered finding that your marriage was not valid from the very beginning. In making such determination, the Judge finds that, for most purposes of the law, your marriage never legally existed. 750 ILCS 5/301

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Suppose that you invented a toy: a Web Blaster that shoots foam string from a glove. And you sell it to Marvel Comics, the company that owns the Spiderman character. They pay more than $6 million for rights to your patent under your agreement with them, but then your patent expires. Do they have to continue to pay you?

Stephen Kimble had just such a dispute with Marvel Entertainment over a Web Blaster toy that shoots foam string from a glove.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_autism.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that for every 68 live births in the United States, one child and their family will be facing the lifelong challenges associated with autistic spectrum disorder or ASD.Many have raised the question of whether or not raising a child with ASD contributes to the breakup of a marriage.

As per Autism Speaks®, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, the advancement of research and advocates lobbying for legislation, defines autistic spectrum disorder as a complex group of brain disorders that affect social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive disorders.  

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