Archive, April 2016.

Among the amendments to the Illinois Parentage Act that went into effect in January 2016, new guidelines were established to determine whether using DNA testing to determine paternity is in a child's best interest. This is because state lawmakers recognized that being a child's parent involves more than shared DNA, such as an established relationship and a history of supporting the child's personal needs. But this does not eliminate the value that genetic testing can have in cases where a child's parentage is disputed. Much like the set of factors used to determine the right parenting time …
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When an Illinois couple divorces, their assets are divided among them equitably. This means that rather than splitting the couple's assets down the middle, the court divides them according to what it feels would benefit each party most and accurately compensates each for his or her contributions to the marriage. But in order for the court to determine this, it must determine the monetary value of the couple's total pool of assets. For most couples, the largest piece of the asset pool is the couple's home. Houses can also fluctuate greatly in value, and it is not uncommon for real estate …
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In a previous blog post, we discussed the issues that an individual who receives spousal maintenance from a former partner needs to know about his or her tax responsibilities. But what if you are the one making spousal maintenance payments? If this is the case, you also have certain tax issues to understand and consider.
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In the ideal divorce, both partners communicate with each other respectfully to work through the processes of dividing their property, determining their parenting time and child support arrangements, and determining their spousal maintenance agreement. In reality, most divorces are far from ideal.
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This is a question that comes up frequently in discussions about shared parenting responsibilities and children's lives following a divorce. When a parenting time agreement is determined for a child, the court does so with the child's best interest in mind. This means that the court will create the arrangement that it feels best serves the child's personal development. In most cases, the parenting time arrangement that is best suited to one of a couple's children is the best choice for them all. But what happens when this is not the case? Can two children from the same parents have different …
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When a couple gets married, there is no way to guarantee whether they will eventually divorce. However, there are certain factors in marriages that have been linked to divorce. These factors generally stem from an imbalance of power, outside factors that have a toll on the marriage, and each individual's ability to make rational decisions. Below are a few factors that can mean that a couple is more likely than others to divorce.
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Foster parents play an important role in nurturing children who do not have parents and those whose parents cannot care for them. The foster care system is a part of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), which is tasked with many responsibilities related to the protection of Illinois children. There are many different reasons why a child may be placed in foster care. If a child is abused or neglected by his or her parents, foster care may be deemed to be the safest place for the child. Children can also be voluntarily placed in the foster system, often under …
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When divorced parents have a parenting time agreement in place, the agreement includes specific times when the child will be with each parent. These guidelines are in place to ensure that the child has a sufficient amount of time with each parent to build and maintain a meaningful relationship with him or her. If one parent continually violates the terms included in his or her parenting agreement, he or she is committing contempt of court and may be subject to civil penalties.
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