Archive, March 2016.

If you feel that you are in danger of being harmed by your current or former partner, yes. An order of protection is a legal order that requires your abuser to stay away from you, with criminal consequences for violating the order. Having one in place can give you the recourse you need if you are threatened or attacked. Your partner or others around you might attempt to sway your decision, telling you that this type of protection is meaningless or unnecessary. But do not listen to them – let an experienced family and divorce attorney determine whether an order of protection is in your best …
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In 2015, new legislation was passed that overhauled Illinois' existing laws about property division in a divorce, grandparents' rights, and the ways we discuss child custody and parentage. These changes were designed to make the law better reflect today's realities for Illinois families: generally, both parents take an active role in raising their child, and not every family is headed by a heterosexual married couple. This final point was considered as the amendments to the Illinois Parentage Act were written.
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If you currently rely on spousal maintenance payments as a form of income, it is important that you understand your tax responsibilities related to this income. Spousal maintenance, unlike child support payments and property settlements, is taxed. If you do not pay your taxes on the spousal maintenance money you receive, you can face an audit from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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Working together with your former spouse to effectively co-parent your children can be difficult. Sometimes, the issues that drove your marriage apart remain unresolved long after your divorce. Other issues might be resentment over how the divorce was settled or how your former partner is conducting his or her life now. Resentment can be a normal emotion, but it should not leak into your co-parenting agreement with your former partner.
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If you are involved in a paternity-related legal case, whether you are a mother who wants to prove her child's paternity or a man who wants to establish legal paternity rights to his child, there are a few key terms to know and understand. Although paternity might seem like a simple concept, it can become complicated from a legal perspective. If you have questions about your legal rights as a mother or a father in Illinois and how you can establish paternity of your child, work with an experienced Illinois paternity attorney.
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You might face the reality of your parents having their parental rights terminated. Naturally, you want to protect your minor sibling and ensure that he or she is taken care of, rather than allowing him or her to enter the foster care system and be raised by a stranger. If you are in this situation, you might be wondering if it is possible for you to seek custody of your sibling or even become his or her adoptive parent.
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According to Time magazine, despite the recent rise of married women choosing to retain their maiden names after marriage, approximately 80 percent still choose to alter their names in some way, either by taking their husbands' names or by hyphenating their husbands' names with this own. These women often face the issue of changing their names again when they divorce. Although some opt to retain their husbands' names in order to have names that match their children, many divorced women look forward to the day that they can remove this connection to their former husband from their identity.
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