Archive, October 2013.

Adoption is one the most important institutions in America for kids. “Over the past decade,” reports the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), “more than 17,000 children got the chance they deserve to love and be loved, and to reach their fullest potential thanks to families across our state that chose to adopt through DCFS.” Adoption, while it may be a great way for kids that wouldn’t otherwise grow up in intact family homes to have that chance, is also a complicated process that involves a lot of steps, patience, and money. The importance of seeking the …

When divorcing, there are several factors that come into play. One of the more complicated processes of divorce—an aspect that has long-reaching effects well beyond divorce proceedings—is the distribution of property. Generally, anything acquired during the marriage, regardless of which partner’s name the purchase was in, is considered marital property and is liable to be split evenly. Yet states all have their own rules when it comes to property division after divorce, and, according to the Huffington Post, this matters. Most states, Illinois included, “use a set of rules called …

If the department managing child support has handed down a decision in your case that you do not agree with, you can appeal via a written request to the department within the time frame listed in your notice by working with your family law attorney. When you receive your notice, keep track of the contact information and dates listed in that documentation. Staying on top of the dates and being prepared goes a long way towards getting you a fair child support appeal hearing. You can only request an appeal or a change in child support amounts when there are significant circumstances in your…

Premarital cohabitation is growing trend among couples in the United States. While this trend may not always lead to wedded bliss, it can result in pregnancy. And, if the couple decides to split, one or both parents may eventually file for child support. Between 2006 and 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted The National Survey of Family Growth, and interviewed 12,279 women. The survey focused on the “trends and patterns in first premarital cohabitations among women aged 15–44 in the United States.” Nearly half of the women interviewed chose premarital …

Another reason that women tend to stay in bad marriages is that their biological clock is ticking, writes Pescosolido. “Whether a woman wants to have a child or wants more children, the idea of starting over close to child-bearing age invokes feelings of desperation.” There’s also the issue of a lack of self-esteem, which, of course, is only further eroded by a bad relationship—which becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. Some women lack the financial independence to leave a bad marriage if she has not been the primary breadwinner in the relationship. This can be an especially significant…

There have been several unforeseen consequences of healthcare reform, not the least of which was a government shutdown that all but brought the federally-run machinations to a grinding halt in October. Yet according to the Washington Times, there’s another unintended consequence of Obamacare—rising divorce rates. “Many couples that would like to get divorced stay together because they simply cannot afford to live on their own,” reports the Washington Times. “Frequently this decision is driven by the cost of healthcare benefits.” With the implementation of President Obama’s …

While a divorce in Illinois is the official legal recognition that a marriage is over, some couples might feel more comfortable with the concept of a legal separation. In a separation, the marriage is not officially terminated in a legal sense. Spouses are prohibited from marrying anyone else during a legal separation, and the court can make decisions regarding child custody, spousal maintenance, and child support. If you’re not ready to legally end your marriage, hiring an attorney to help you with a legal separation may be a better choice for you. A legal separation can be appropriate …

Are you experiencing anxiety about moving your divorce case into the traditional court docket? If so, you’re not alone. The courtroom atmosphere can make former spouses feel as if they going to battle against one another, and that simply is not the right solution for every couple who wants to terminate their marriage. This is where mediation can come to your assistance. Mediation allows parties to work with a trained professional to negotiate the terms of their divorce. If you and your spouse have already come to terms on several major issues about the divorce (like property division or …
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