Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois family law attorney, Illinois child custody lawyerFor most people, the grandparent/grandchild relationship is considered a welcoming one that binds the family together and is often recognized as a deep relationship in extension of our parents. Those lucky enough to still have a grandmother or grandfather realize just how influential they are to the development of one’s sense of self. They provide refuge from a parental disagreement, can voice their opinions without retribution, step in the parental role often due to divorce and can offer that huge hug when things are not going well. In essence, a grandparent plays a significant role on who we become in adulthood no matter the circumstances.

For as important the role of grandparents is, currently there is not an official estimate of how many grandparents inhabit the United States today. At last estimate, the number was approximately 56 million. This estimate, derived from a 1965 study by Bernice Neugarten of the University of Chicago, a leading gerontologist or her time, established the five different types of grandparenting styles that are still relevant today.

The Formal Grandparent

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyIt is never easy realizing that your marriage is heading toward divorce but for those couples with children the decision is even harder to reach but is it best to stay together for the sake of the children? Even as the national divorce rate has notably decreased over the past 10 years, how we manage divorce and the children involved is still a statistical presence.

Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, a parenting coach for Child-Centered Divorce, an online parenting support network, expressed her views on the effect of trying to stay together for the sake of the children.

Unhealthy Relationships

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyAs baby boomers settle into retirement, many are finding that a divorce has now become part of the plan. It is now estimated that “gray divorces” or those filing for a divorce after the age of 65, has tripled in number within the past few years. Aside from the challenges of any divorce, a gray divorce presents a new and often costly challenge, the division of marital property such as a pension, Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a 401(k) plan and the fees associated with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

The division of one of these plans, the 401(k), a qualified profit-sharing plan offered to employees with individual salary-based contributions, usually matched by the host employer, has created a new legal reference now coined by divorce attorneys as a “silent fee."

As the couple’s wealth has increased over the years, the “silent fee” determines the cost of repositioning or division of funds, often leading to increased frustration during the division of property process.

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Illinois marriage laws, Illinois divorce attorneyAs an ongoing project of the Illinois State Archives and the Illinois Genealogical Society, those interested in researching the civil unions of their ancestors can visit the homepage of the Illinois Secretary of State to view marriage records as far back as 1763. Although it appears that the concept of marriage has always been alive and well throughout the ages, it does leave one wondering how many of these marriages either dissolved in some form of divorce or lasted a lifetime until death do they part? The latter is most likely the correct assumption.

In the 1700’s and even more so in the earlier days of man, women feared what could happen if they dared to escape their marital bonds as the cost was high. During this time, the wife, as well as all children, were considered the inherent property of the husband and if scorned, the women could be left desolate. Often the wife’s family would also distance themselves from her plight as they would side with the husband’s side of the family either to safeguard relationships with grandchildren or they were financially beholden to the husband. The vast majority of these wandering women were lost to prostitution, starvation, or death by their own hand.

These dire circumstances could be avoided and a divorce or annulment granted if it could be proven to the courts that either the husband or wife committed adultery or if the marriage was not consummated.

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Illinois domestic violence attorney, Illinois domestic violence lawsBeginning this January, Ilinois salon employees have joined in the fight to identify and offer support and suggestions to their clients when instances of possible domestic violence or instances of sexual assault may be evident or disclosed.

The legislation, originally proposed by State Representative, Fran Hurley, (D-Chicago) and supported by Alderman, Matthew J. O’Shea (19th Ward - Chicago) has been added as an amendment to the Professions, Occupations, and Business Operations, Barber, Cosmetology, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985 (225 ILCS 410).

By enacting this amendment, Illinois is the first state in the nation to mandate domestic violence and sexual assault training for those working in the cosmetology industry. The mandate requires one hour of training for all nail technicians, cosmetologists, and hairdressers. This requirement must be met at the time of new licensure or at license renewal every two years. This training program will be added to the currently required 14 hours of continuing education required for license renewal.

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