Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois family lawyerIf you marry someone with a child, you may want to adopt their child. This is considered a stepparent adoption and involves a different process than adopting a child through private adoption or an agency. Fortunately, this process is far easier to complete. Let’s take a closer look at how the stepparent adoption process works in Illinois:

If all parties cooperate with the court, the stepparent adoption process can be completed in as little as 30 days. A home study which is used by the courts to evaluate whether a stable environment exists for a family to receive an adoptive placement is not required in a stepparent adoption.

However, the child’s other parent must be informed of the adoption. If the parent agrees to the adoption, their parental rights will then be terminated. In the event they do not agree with it, the court may determine whether they should keep their parental rights and whether an adoption is in the best interests of the child. It is important to note that a child is not legally permitted to have three parents. Therefore, in order for a stepparent to adopt a child, the other parent must terminate their parental rights.

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Illinois divorce attorneyDuring a divorce, you will likely experience feelings of sadness, loss, and failure. In addition, you may be left with financial struggles because of legal fees, child support, alimony, and asset division. Since a divorce can negatively impact your credit score, it is important to understand how so that you can minimize the damage. Here are several ways divorce can affect your credit.

Your Ex-Spouse Has Access to Your Accounts

If your divorce ended on bad terms and your ex is angry, they may rack up debt on any joint credit cards and drain your bank accounts, leaving you out of money and responsible for any incurred debt. To prevent this issue, you should change all of your banking passwords and remove your ex from all of your financial accounts.

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Illinois divorce lawyerDivorce is difficult for all mothers. However, stay at home mothers going through a divorce face unique challenges as they are forced to figure out how to support themselves and their children financially without their ex-spouse’s income. If you are a stay at home mom going through a divorce, these tips can assist you in surviving on your own.

Create a Budget

To create a budget, start by compiling a list of all of the monthly expenses you will have once your divorce is finalized. By doing so, you’ll understand how much money you will need each month to support yourself and your children.

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Illinois divorce attorneyOften times, people opt out of hiring a divorce lawyer to represent them during their divorce in order to save money. If your spouse refrains from hiring a divorce lawyer, you may wonder how this will affect your case. Unfortunately, it can make your divorce more difficult in a number of ways. Here’s what you can expect if your spouse does not hire a divorce lawyer:

A Longer Divorce Process

If your spouse does not hire an attorney, they will be responsible for representing themselves while you have a lawyer to advocate for you and speak on your behalf. That being said, your lawyer will work directly with your spouse to communicate on issues related your divorce.

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Illinois family lawyerYears ago, Illinois divorce and paternity Judges followed basically the teachings of psychiatrist Sigmund Freud. This Freudian view of Illinois child custody cases has been a part of Illinois child custody law for many years. So it became that Mothers were granted custody over Fathers which went along with the traditional belief that Mothers were better caregivers and innately more able to care for children especially young children.

Illinois Custody Judges would typically grant custody to the Mother of a child age one through seven. A custody Judge would listen to the views of a child 7 to 13 as to whether Mother or father received custody. An Illinois custody Judge would generally give custody to the Mother or Father if the child was ages 13 through 18 invoiced a very strong opinion about living with that parent. At those ages the wishes of the child were held to be strongly persuasive and strongly influenced custody. Divorce lawyers of that era would say with respect to an older child who felt strongly about living with one parent or the other, "you can't beat the testimony of the child!”

Although in all of these age groups Mothers were favored over Fathers based upon the belief that Mothers would naturally do better at parenting a child. Frequently, Fathers would be granted so-called standard visitation including alternating weekends and one or two evenings a week with their child as an acceptable visitation schedule.

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