Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois divorce lawyerA document created and agreed to by the parents of a minor child and approved by the court is known as a parenting plan. A parenting plan governs the relationship between the parents regarding the child. If you are going through a divorce and in the process of designing a parenting plan, the following tips can help ensure it is successful.

1. Determine Vacation Parenting

If your child is in school, they will have time off for winter break, spring break, and summer break. Determine which parent will be responsible for caring for the child during these times off from school.

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Illinois divorce lawyerAfter a wedding, many spouses decide to take the last name of their significant other. This brings them closer to their partner and shows their commitment. When couples divorce, the spouse who took on a married last name may keep their name or go back to their maiden name. The good news is they are not legally required to change to their maiden name once their divorce is finalized.

Reasons Divorced Individuals Keep Their Married Name

If you are going through a divorce, there are several reasons you may wish to keep your married name. You may want to share a last name with your children or keep your married name because you have built a career and reputation around it. Additionally, you may feel comfortable with your married name because it has become part of who you are.

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Illinois divorce lawyerDuring a divorce, it is not uncommon for one parent to try to make the other parent look bad so that they do not receive any child custody. A parent may state that the other parent is violent, drinks too much, or uses illegal drugs. If you could relate to this situation, you may be asking yourself whether drug tests are legal in family court. Let’s take a closer look at the answer to this question.

Drug Testing Requested By the Judge

In the event a judge believes you or your soon to be ex have used or are using illegal drugs, they may order a drug test. The other parent’s actions in the courtroom or allegations in court documents may lead the judge to have this type of request.

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Illinois divorce lawyerIn the past, women were always the recipients of spousal support. However, in recent years, more and more men have been receiving alimony. This is mainly because there has been an increase of working women climbing the corporate ladder as well as an increase of stay at home fathers.

Today, wives earn more than husbands in one-third of all marriages. If a man is going through a divorce and their partner earns more than them, they may be entitled to spousal support. Men usually seek spousal support for the following reasons:

  • Their wife was the breadwinner so they gave up their career to be a stay at home dad and care for their children.
  • To allow their wife to grow their career, they made sacrifices.

How Do Women Feel About Giving Spousal Support?

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Illinois injury lawyerNow that it is spring and the summer is fast approaching, you may be invited to one or several weddings. If you have recently gotten divorced and this is your first wedding season single, you may be nervous about going to a wedding solo and unsure of how to RSVP to the weddings invitations you receive. Here are several wedding season tips that are sure to make wedding season an enjoyable rather than dreadful time for you.

1. RSVP Yes

It may be tempting for you to RSVP no. However, doing so can lead to social isolation and loneliness. You were invited to a wedding because a couple wants you to witness their special day so you should be there for them if you are able to. By attending a wedding, you can surround yourself with happy people and have a great time.

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