Archive, December 2012.

Traditional roles in marriage are changing, but they are also still very prominent in divorce cases. It is still common for courts to grant the custody of children to their mother if there is no clear reason to take a different approach. But what happens when a mother stays at home and puts their career on hold, only to end up as the non-custodial parent in divorce. One of the Huffington Post Divorce bloggers wrote a post about this topic. The blogger talks about a friend who married immediately after finishing graduate school and became a full-time mother, while the husband pursued his …

Everyone knows that people have different ways of coping with loss and especially the end of a relationship, but there are also different ways of ending a relationship and letting your loved ones know. If ending a relationship means going through a divorce, it is even harder, but the Huffington Post found a story about a couple who came up with a creative solution for announcing their breakup. In the midst of extremely sad and serious divorce posts, it is sometimes good to take a breather and look at a story that might momentarily take your mind off of the stressful side of divorce and …

With the increasing number of children born outside of marriage in the United States today, paternity testing has become a relatively common part of paternity proceedings. However, DNA testing typically occurs only after a child is born, leaving potential fathers to question their paternity throughout nine long months of pregnancy. Similarly, legal determinations involving child support are delayed until paternity can be established after a child’s birth. In a recent Michigan Live article, ARCLabs Kalamazoo announced that it performed the first noninvasive prenatal DNA test in the area …

The sad news is that although the divorce rate has been declining in recent years, millions of kids live with divorced parents.  Any transitional period is difficult for children, which is why there is a lot of research done on the effects of divorce.  30 years of scientific study shows that these children have heightened risks of school problems, mental health issues, and connecting with peers. One of the researchers of note is Robert Hughes Jr.  He is the head of the University of Illinois’s Department of Human & Community Development.  Being a preeminent expert on divorce, …

Going through a divorce means coming to an agreement (or at least trying to) on issues with someone that you may not agree with on anything – hence the divorce. Working out plans for custody, property, assets, can be difficult and challenging. But what happens when one of the issues on the table to work out is a family owned business? How do divorcing spouses who share and work together at a jointly owned business avoid going out of business? An article in Craine’s Cleveland Business offers advice on what steps couples can take to ensure that the family’s source of income can survive…

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review two cases regarding same-sex marriage, in what the Associated Press calls a “potentially historic” hearing “challenging governments’ different treatment of gay Americans.” The first is the Defense of Marriage Act that states that the federal government will only recognize marriage as the union between two people of the opposite sex. The law has faced intense criticism since its inception in 1996, and been upheld several times by circuit courts across the nation. The other ruling that the country’s highest court will debate next …

There are, of course, several complicated issues to be addressed when going through a divorce. If children are involved, it’s even more so. The court system in Illinois takes into consideration several different factors when determining child custody, the crux of which is the child’s best interests. States all have different rules that evoke the “child’s best interest,” according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a governmental resource. In Illinois, the following factors that determine a child’s best interest include, but are not limited to: the physical safety and …

The figure is staggering – over $100 billion dollars is owed by deadbeat parents in child support payments nationwide. And in a vicious cycle, nearly half of the amount is owed to taxpayers supporting children whose families are forced to apply for public assistance because the non-custodial parent isn’t paying child support. According to a report on CNN, a spokesperson for the National Women's Law Center says that for poor families, child support payments represent 45% of their income. Deadbeat parents are why 41% of households headed by single mothers are below the poverty level – …

We are a society that loves our phone apps. There are of course the entertainment apps – music, games, social media, etc. There are apps that make our lives easier – GPS apps, apps to scan our groceries as we shop, banking apps, note taking apps and even apps that will tell you where the closest public restroom is to the location you’re at. A recent article in Huffington Post reports that there are now apps that can help make the divorce process a bit more organized as well. The Divorce Log app is a calendar based program and helps keep all the information you need to keep track of …

Plaintiffs involved in a civil lawsuit challenging the legality of a state law that prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages have issued a statement, urging Illinois lawmakers to vote for a bill that would legalize gay marriages. In May of this year, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed two separate lawsuits seeking marriage rights for Illinois gay and lesbians. Combined, the two cases represent 25 couples. As reported in the Chicago Phoenix, 20 of the plaintiffs from the case, along with several state legislators, attended a press conference in …
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