Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois divorce attorneyThe statistics that over 50 percent of marriages in the United States today end in divorce are grim, to say the least. The fact that the number is repeatedly brought to the forefront of our thoughts eventually has each of us questioning the stability of our relationship, regardless of the current situation. Once you start second-guessing, you begin to ponder and fret over every conversation and missed phone call. These are a few indicators of difficulty in a marriage which may require your immediate attention.

Failure to Discuss Even Life-Altering Decisions

The thought of surprising your wife with a car for her birthday is romantic, but unless you have previously discussed the finances around a vehicle purchase, making a five-year financial commitment is something to consider jointly before making the leap. A general rule of thumb is if you used to explain every household decision and you find yourself or your spouse making them alone without regard to the other person, something needs addressing.

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If you have children or a spouse that wants you to leave your family home before your divorce is over, think twice before you do it.

For many reasons you may wish to remain in the home until the divorce is completed. Particularly with children, the number of days that you spend with your kids may well factor into the amount of child support you pay (or receive) under the new Child Support Laws in Illinois.  In addition, the time that you are spending with your children may well determine the parenting schedule of the time you will be granted with your children AFTER the divorce.

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Read your divorce agreement.

That's right - thoroughly completely and more than once, read your own divorce agreement. It is the future roadmap of your life after your divorce. The more money you have the more important it is for you personally to read each and every page of your divorce agreement. Don’t rely on some else, even your attorney.

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Illinois family law attorneyThe dead beat dad has a negative connotation throughout society. The cliche mental picture of the full-grown man who, after a single night or even years of fun, impregnates a woman and walks away, out of both the lives of the mother and the future child. The legal system spends obscene amounts of money annually tracking these individuals, many times to no avail. While there are men out there hiding from their responsibilities, there are many others who do everything possible to become a part of their child's life. Sometimes, people jump through hoops to have a legal connection with their children while mothers intentionally thwart every effort. Establishing paternity has numerous legal and emotional benefits to consider.

Paternity Ensures the Child’s Rights to Benefits

Without having established paternity, a child will not necessarily be able to utilize significant benefits to which they would be entitled via the father. Benefits not only include the financial benefits but others as well, such as:

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Illinois custody lawyer, Illinois family attorneyThe adage that it “takes a village to raise a child” is making a comeback with limitations. Children learn an enormous amount of information and behaviors from their parents and guardians, but as they grow, children begin to watch the world around them. The truth is, to become well-rounded and functioning adults, children need guidance from positive adult role models around them. Naturally, the group of most trusted individuals remains within the family. When a couple is married or in a domestic partnership, the children involved often have two family trees. Deep-rooted bonds form, occasionally stronger than even that of the parent-child bond. If the marriage comes to an end resulting in a divorce those ties do not break, nor are they forgotten. However, all-too-often the divorce and child custody battles raise the question of the rights of the other family members for visitation of the child.

The Situation Example

In many single family homes, a marriage dissolution comes about due to irreconcilable differences, basically meaning that there is something detrimental that exists within the union that is irreparable. Most cases result in some agreement either handed down by a judge or determined between two agreeing parties. Consider, however, the situation in which one party is volatile, and the family runs from the home in the dark of the night to avoid negative repercussions. Often restraining orders begin for the safety of the lives involved. If due to the circumstances, a judge determines the parent in which the injunction is against should not have visitation rights to their child, the primary link to that side of the family may be lost. Grandparents and other family members often worry that they may lose legal rights to see the children.

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