Category Archives: Family Law

Hinsdale Child Support AttorneyFor children whose parents are divorced, child support is an essential part of ensuring they get their needs met by both parents. Illinois law uses a formula to determine payments using the Income Shares method, and payments are generally made from the non-residential parent to the residential parent (or the parent who has the most parenting time). 

Sometimes, after child support payments have been determined, an unexpected expense will occur. Children may become seriously ill and require expensive medical treatment, or be diagnosed with a learning disability that requires extensive tutoring or in-class support. When these things happen, Illinois courts do not expect the residential parent to simply pick up all of the extra costs. If you are a parent and your child’s needs have unexpectedly increased, you may be able to petition the court for increased child support payments

Modifying Child Support in Illinois

Child support obligations must be modified by filing a petition in the county court that has jurisdiction over the case in question. The petitioning parent should provide the basis for requesting a change in payments and both parents must appear at a scheduled hearing. 

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DuPage County Paternity LawyerAs recently as one generation ago, most children had two married parents and grew up in “traditional families.” Regardless of whether they were happy together, parents generally did not get divorced and, as a result, Illinois had fairly rigid child custody laws. 

For better or worse, times have changed. Illinois law has been updated in many ways to reflect the growing diversity of family structures, and one way this benefits unmarried parents is in their shared right to have a say over their children’s issues. For parents who have never been married, and fathers in particular, it is important to establish a relationship in a child’s life so that when certain things happen, like the mother wanting to move out of state with a child, the father is able to participate in the decision-making process. 

Establish Paternity

The first thing unmarried fathers must do is establish the paternity of their child. This can be done in several ways, but for parents who agree on the child’s parentage, a simple Voluntary Acknowledgement (VAP) form can be signed by both parents in the hospital at the child’s birth. 

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DuPage County Divorce LawyerFor most married couples in Illinois, there comes at least one moment during their relationship when they wonder whether staying together is the right choice. Some of these couples have problems that can be solved. They push through their challenges and come out on the other side stronger and more committed to each other. For some couples, however, deciding to end their marriage is irrefutably the right choice. An abusive or dishonest spouse, differing core values, or a gradual process of growing apart make getting divorced the most sensible choice. 

Many people find themselves at a crossroads, unsure whether the things they dislike about their spouse are sufficient to warrant ending the relationship. If you have not yet made up your mind about divorce, here are some signs that relationship experts say could show that it is time for you and your spouse to go your separate ways. 

Signs That It May Be Time to Get Divorced

Although this is not a comprehensive list and each couple’s situation is different, the following may be silent warning signs that your relationship is ending: 

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Hinsdale Family Law AttorneyWhen making decisions about parenting time and parental responsibilities during divorce, Illinois judges and courts are primarily concerned with the best interests of children. However, extra care is needed with cases that involve children with special needs. These children often require increased levels of medical care, educational accommodations, and supervision. 

These needs can impact the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time in several ways. Although it may not always be easy, parents, attorneys, and judges must go the extra mile to ensure that disabled children have their needs met during and after divorce. If you are getting divorced and seeking parental responsibilities for a disabled child, a qualified Illinois child custody attorney can answer your questions and help you understand your options. 

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

The allocation of parental responsibilities describes the important decision-making powers parents have on behalf of their children. Generally, this includes issues such as a child’s education, religion, healthcare, and extracurricular activities, but for children with special needs, these issues can become substantially more complex as they often require more detail and regular revision. 

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Hinsdale divorce attorneysThe first holiday season after a divorce or separation can place tremendous emotional strain on the best of us. Now that you and your ex have parted ways, the holiday parties and family gatherings you have been celebrating for years as a couple suddenly seem daunting and complicated. Who gets to go to which parties? How do you "share custody" of friendships? What do you say when someone asks why your better half is no longer at your side? It's enough to make an already emotionally fraught season barely tolerable.

 

But fear not. Celebrating the holidays alone can be a great joy, but it requires good planning, a positive attitude and most importantly, realistic expectations. Here is our short list of tips to help you have a joyful holiday season solo:

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