Archive, June 2016.

Adoptions can be complicated, whether you are adopting a baby, a toddler, or an older child; whether you choose a private or agency adoption; whether you opt for an open or closed adoption; or whether you decide to adopt domestically or internationally. Adopting a new spouse's child can also come with its own set of challenges. When you decide to adopt a child with special needs, the challenges that are already present with the adoption can be amplified. Many of the children who are in need of homes in the United States and abroad suffer from physical, mental, and emotional issues that can …
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When you are going through a divorce, issues pertaining to your children are often at the top of your list of concerns. Topics like your parenting time agreement, child support, and how the divorce and any future partners will affect your relationships with your children are likely at the forefront of your mind not only while your divorce is pending, but long after it is finalized.
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For many engaged women, the decision to change their name to their husband's or not after marriage is fairly easy to make. Most women know long before they get engaged, even before they meet the men they eventually marry, whether they want to change their name or not because for many, the decision is primarily about her attachment to her own name. When a woman who changed her name gets divorced, she has a new decision to make: to change her name again or not. For some, changing their name back to their family name is an empowering way to strip themselves of the marriage and all its problems …
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When a couple with children divorces, they often wonder about how their divorce will affect their children in the future. Some of these individuals have parents who divorced when they were children and continue to feel the effects of the divorce today. Others worry that divorcing will lead their children down a path of instability and might consider staying together until the children are grown. Current research supports that this is not the healthiest option for most families and that remaining in an unhappy marriage can be worse for parents and children than divorcing.
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After you are married, any purchases you make, income you earn, and debts you take on are considered to be “marital property,” which means that you and your spouse are both responsible for and entitled to it. In contrast, debts taken on and purchases made prior to entering the marriage are known as “singly-held” property, which means that the individual who took them on is the only one responsible for them. Ideally, a married individual discusses his or her financial decisions with his or her spouse so the couple can make the decisions together. But we do not live in an ideal world …
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Children do not cause divorce. However, conflicts regarding their care can drive a couple toward divorce. The most common causes of divorce in the United States are a lack of commitment to the marriage, infidelity, and continual conflict between the partners. These conflicts can be about how the money is handled, how the household chores are divided, or, as any parent knows, issues related to the couple's children. Sometimes, these issues are severe to the point that couples divorce because of ongoing difficulties related to the care of their children and an inability to work together to …
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Polygraphs, also known as “lie detector tests,” are a fairly common trope in talk shows and crime dramas. In these fictional depictions, the subject is wired to the test and asked questions about his or her alleged crime, usually as the wires of the test move rapidly back and forth on the result paper. But are polygraph tests really used this way? No. Today, most polygraph tests are computerized. They are also not admissible in most courts of law. This includes Illinois. If your former partner asks you to take a polygraph test, do not feel like you have to – the results of the test have…
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If you and your spouse find yourselves constantly fighting, unable to agree about how you spend your money or how you run your household, or either of you has considered committing infidelity or even gone through with an affair, you might think your marriage is over. Sometimes, it is. But other times, a marriage can emerge stronger than it was before if both partners are willing to work together to fix what went wrong. It is important to consider certain strategies you can use to repair your marriage. Remember, fixing your marriage will require significant input from both partners and …
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