Archive, August 2014.

Life during and after divorce can be overwhelming in many respects, especially when children are involved. If you are contemplating a divorce and anticipate a child custody battle, your mind is probably teeming with questions. Here are the answers to ten commonly asked questions regarding child custody, child support orders, visitation rights, and other related issues.
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Divorce can be contentious, which is why it is important to know your rights and responsibilities going in. Here are the answers to eight commonly asked questions regarding property division and other divorce-related issues.
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A child’s parents are not always the people who gave birth to him. In fact, sometimes a child’s “parents” are not actually his parents at all, but are actually his legal guardians. While a legal guardian may look like a parent and act like a parent, the law confers a different status.
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When it comes to interstate adoption, all 50 states adhere to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The idea of interstate adoption is simple enough: if a child is born in one state and is adopted by parents in another state, then ICPC applies. The adoption will only go through if both states approve.
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Children often suffer when their parents separate or divorce, especially if they find themselves in the middle of a heated custody battle; or, even worse, if they are caught in a second battle after custody has already been “settled.”
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Divorce can be a long, contentious process—so much so that you might not contemplate how life will be different as a newly single adult. But there are a few decisions you need to make about life after divorce. For example, if you took your spouse’s surname when you married, should you consider reclaiming your maiden name?
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When a couple marries, both parties enter into the relationship voluntarily. Unfortunately, the same cannot always be said for a couple that divorces. One party might want to end the marriage, while the other party might be looking for a way to save it. However, once a spouse files a divorce petition, it is probably too late for the non-petitioning spouse to preserve the marriage. Illinois law allows spouses to contest the grounds of a divorce, but an attempt to legally deny it all together will likely be futile.
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While custody battles are typically associated with fights over who gets the children, the reality is that fights over who gets the family pet can be equally contentious. More than half of Illinois households have a pet, and many of those households likely view their pet as a member of the family. This can create problems when a pet-owning couple divorces.
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