Archive, May 2014.

NOTE: A new law defining how child support is calculated in Illinois goes into effect in July 2017. For more information, please visit our Child Support page.
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The number of couples entering into prenuptial agreements is trending upward in the United States. That trend correlates with consistently high divorce rates and a growing societal acceptance of such agreements. A 2010 poll revealed that 44 percent of single and 49 percent of divorced Americans believe in prenuptial agreements (colloquially known as prenups). Moreover, among the divorced, 15 percent regret not having one.
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Fathers’ rights advocates across the country are challenging the presumption that women make better parents. These men accuse courts of affording women preferential treatment in child custody battles and argue that "joint" custody is a joke. But family law experts counter that the so-called maternal presumption is no longer the ubiquitous standard-bearer that it was formerly.
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Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten. In fact, the leading cause of injury to women is not car accidents, muggings, or rape. It is domestic violence. The abuse begins at a heartbreakingly young age: one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by age 18. Internationally, one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or somehow abused.
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Nevertheless, marriage is neither perfect nor foolproof. According to a national study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 6.8 marriages per 1,000 U.S. residents in 2011, 3.6 of those marriages per 1,000 U.S. residents concluded in divorce.
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Women of today have more options than women of earlier generations. It used to be that women who became pregnant out of wedlock had no choice but to marry, or else confront lives of poverty and social isolation. While that unfortunate scenario is the reality for some women, others have found that single motherhood affords more stability than marriage.
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Couples typically do not enter into a marriage wanting to get divorced. Unfortunately, however, divorce happens. If you do not have a prenuptial agreement in place then you may be in for a long, arduous, and emotional process. (Even with a prenuptial agreement, you might be in for a long, arduous, and emotional process.) You can simplify this process by avoiding the mistakes that some divorcing couples make.
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During the month of April, National Child Abuse Prevention is recognized. And while we should always be sensitive to the needs of young Americans, special recognition of child abuse and neglect gives those needs a renewed focus, both nationally and here in Illinois.
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