Archive, June 2014.

Not all relationships last – not even between parents and children. In fact, it is possible for a parent to terminate his or her parental rights. Termination of parental rights legally destroys the parent-child relationship. The former parent relinquishes all parental responsibility as well as the legal right to be a part of the child’s life or to make decisions regarding the child. The child is also free of any legal obligations regarding the former parent.
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As a stepparent, you might feel like your spouse’s children are your children, too. While in reality you treat them like your own, it is not unreasonable that you also want them to be yours legally. If stepparent adoption is a path that you want to pursue, here are a few facts to keep in mind:
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While Illinois law values the institution of marriage, it also recognizes that marriage does not always work out. Thus, Illinois residents may seek a court judgment to dissolve their marriage. The petitioner (the party filing for divorce) may have to prove one of the following grounds for dissolution of marriage:
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Being a stay-at-home mom or dad can be just as much a full-time job as being a corporate attorney, high school teacher, physician’s assistant, or any other profession. And yet, those who work as full-time parents and/or homemakers might be sensitive to the fact that they are not breadwinners and, actually, bring in no income at all. Consequently, the stay-at-home spouse might feel like a dependent.
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Divorce by itself is complicated enough. If there are children involved, a potentially messy process becomes even messier. One of the most important issues to be resolved is child custody. Will the parents share custody? Will one parent have sole custody? Will the non-custodial parent have visitation rights? While the parents may express their wishes regarding the child custody arrangement, ultimately the court will award custody based on what is in the best interests of the child.
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Like a divorce, an annulment ends a marriage. But unlike a divorce, an annulment treats the marriage like it never happened, which may be important to you for religious or other personal reasons. There is a short time frame in which to secure an annulment, so if you are considering this option then you need to act quickly.
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Recently, gay rights advocates have had a lot to cheer about in regards to recent rulings. On May 19th, a federal district court ruled that Oregon’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The following day, another federal district court ruled that Pennsylvania’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage was also unconstitutional. As court and legislative battles wage in other states across the country, it is clear that momentum favors the gay rights movement.
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Family dynamics are complicated. It is not uncommon for a parent to seek visitation rights following a divorce. However, a parent might not be the only family member who wants these rights.
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