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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 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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Parental-ResponsibiltyCollege is expensive and it is not getting any cheaper. While the law is not clear on a parent’s general duty to pay for college, Illinois does allow family court judges to order a parent to pay for college as a form of child support.

When Does Child Support End?

Typically, child support obligations end when a child turns 18. However, there are many exceptions to this rule. If a child has a severe impairment, support can continue past the age of 18. If a child is going to be attending college, child support may be ordered past the age of 18 to pay for that education. A child has until they are 23 or receive a bachelor’s degree, whichever happens first, to receive these extended child support benefits.

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Hinsdale family law attorney, Illinois new parenting lawsBig News for Divorcing Parents in Illinois 2016: Governor Rauner Signs Family Law Overhaul Including Child Custody and Visitation.

Effective January 1, 2016, sweeping new laws regarding Illinois divorce have taken effect, with new Illinois Parenting Laws starting in 2016. Your divorce lawyer may no longer know Illinois child custody and visitation laws.

Why is that you may ask?

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divorce tips, divorce trends, DuPage County divorce lawyer, Illinois family law, licensed counselor, licensed therapist, marriage counseling in Illinois, marriage counseling servicesIs what I tell our marriage counselor confidential in Illinois?  

“My spouse and I went to a person who I think was a marriage counselor, but we never asked to see his license, qualifications or degree. Is he still considered a "therapist, " so that what I told him cannot be brought up in our divorce?”

First, you must determine if your marriage counselor is legally a "therapist" in Illinois.

Who falls under the definition of "therapist," so that my conversation during marriage counseling will be privileged?

A "therapist” is defined under section 2 of the MHDDCA as a psychiatrist, physician, psychologist, social worker, or nurse providing mental health or developmental disabilities services or any other person not prohibited by law from providing such services or from holding himself out as a therapist if the recipient reasonably believes that such person is permitted to do so. A Therapist includes any successor of the therapist.

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