Archive, January 2015.

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Divorce can be a drawn-out process, especially when children are involved. However, courts typically streamline this process by resolving child custody issues in conjunction with the related divorce. Illinois courts also recognize that the child’s best interests might differ from his or her parents’ interests. That is why courts often appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent the child’s interests during the custody proceeding. To that end, the GAL might submit a rules of the road” order to the court. A rules of the road order outlines how the parents must behave in their child…
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On Friday, January 16, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in four same-sex marriage cases. The court’s decision to hear these cases is historic – soon, all Americans will have the right to marry and divorce, or they will not.
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When an unmarried couple has a child, the father does not automatically have the same rights to his son or daughter as a married father has to his child. This is because unless a couple is married at the time of the child's birth or the mother was married at the time of conception, her husband or former husband is assumed to be the father. With this assumption comes the title of “legal father,” which comes with all the standard rights a father has to his child.
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As a marital relationship deteriorates all aspects of the marriage are affected. This ranges all the way from affection to finances. Once divorce becomes imminent, affection becomes less critical and finances become an all important facet of the relationship. There are two highly contested issues that couples dispute whilst going through a divorce: children and money. If you and your spouse have a respectful relationship throughout the divorce process and are able to discuss these peacefully, all the better. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Tempers run short and emotions flare when…
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Illinois created the Department of Children and Family Services to provide social and protective services to Illinois children and their families. One of the department’s most important responsibilities is outlined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act: DCFS must investigate reports of child abuse or neglect and offer protective services to prevent any further harm from befalling the child. DCFS must keep the best interests of the child in mind throughout this process.
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Every year the Illinois legislature passes new laws that affect the rights and obligations of state citizens. There are nine new Illinois family-related laws for 2015:

Before Illinois permitted same-sex marriage, gay couples had the right to enter into civil unions. (Heterosexual couples, too, have this option.) Semantics and ceremonial purposes aside, there is not much difference between a marriage and a civil union in Illinois, especially since the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act took effect in 2011. That act gives civilly unioned couples the same rights under state law as married couples.
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