Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyStudies prove that 50 percent of all American children will experience the divorce of their parents before reaching 18 years of age. It is also estimated that these children will also witness the breakdown of a parent’s second marriage.

Furthermore, the emotional and physical repercussions can be discouraging. On a psychological basis, studies demonstrate that children of divorce may:

  • Exhibit poor school performance,
  • Require the assistance of a psychologist, and
  • Experience a higher rate of emotional or psychological issues.

With regard to physical implications, children of divorce may experience an increase in health-related problems such as a higher propensity to injuries, asthma, and headaches. Studies also reveal that children in single-parent, troubled households are subject to higher rates of physical harm or even death.

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Illinois paternity lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyA mother and child relationship establishes at the time of birth; except under surrogacy laws, the woman giving birth is the presumed mother. If the mother is married, in a civil union, or in another similar legal situation at the time of conception or delivery, the spouse assumes the role of the presumed father. The process cuts down on a significant amount of paperwork, thereby streamlining the process at the joyous birth of the child. However, occasionally new information comes to light in which the presumed father is not the biologically the father of the child. Many men in this situation opt to sever the legal paternity ties with the child.

Presumed paternity extends for almost a year past divorce.

For up to 300 days following a divorce, any child born remains covered by the presumed-parentage laws. What this means is that if you were on a “break,” separated, cheated on, or already in the middle of a divorce, if the woman in the relationship conceives and births a child before that 300-day mark, the child is legally yours. There are steps to refute the process. You may enter a Denial of Parentage form if you know the child is not yours at the hospital. Other necessary steps include:

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyAgainst all odds, the current divorce rate in the United States has significantly dropped for the third subsequent year. Actually, the percentage of couples dissolving a marriage has reached its lowest point in nearly 40 years but the news certainly does not lessen the stinging emotions of wanting to help a friend in need whose marriage is on the downswing. For those beginning the journey through the divorce process, they often find themselves riddled with guilt, emotional pain and very overwhelmed. They confront safeguarding their children, their families, their self-esteem, their financial future and navigating the legalities of dissolving a marriage. Needless to say, the overall process can be daunting but if you consider yourself a true friend there are ways to help.

The Art of Listening

Even though you may believe you are truly listening, chances are you are not totally in tune with your friend’s emotions. Divorce can be compared to a death and at this time do not simply agree with your friend’s feelings and observations of the marriage gone wrong but just lend a shoulder, listen and acknowledge their emotions but most importantly, stop talking.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWe have all heard it, “once a cheater always a cheater” but does cheating always point to the physical indiscretions of one partner against the other and the almost certain basis for a divorce? A recent article explores eight varying circumstances and actions that may be classified as non-physical cheating and how these activities can collapse a marriage all too quickly.

Outside Interests

There is no harm in harboring a hobby but when that activity takes away a significant amount of time from your spouse he or she may feel the same type of neglect as if you were involved in a physical relationship outside the marriage.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWedding season is just around the corner as 10.8 percent of engaged couples opt to marry in the month of June, with August and October rounding out the top three preferred months to start a new life. With the average cost of a wedding at $20,000, couples earnestly plan for their special day but are they prepared to hurdle the varying different stages of marriage yet to come? Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, a licensed psychologist and marital counselor recently described the five stages of marriage and the effect each has directly on the marriage.

The Honeymoon Stage

Hartwell-Walker sets this phase at the first three to six months of a couple’s venture into marriage. She basically refers to this stage as the afterglow of the big day. Photos are posted online, relatives are still calling with congratulations and the memories of the big day are still in focus. During this phase, couples also experienced a new intimacy and an unbreakable bond of commitment.

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