Archive, April 2017.

Illinois media outlets have taken interest in the divorce case of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. because the case records include details about his possible improprieties. The coverage is a reminder that divorce records are public information, unless a court specifies otherwise. Reporters use their access rights to investigate public figures, but anyone can request to see the record of any divorce case. Spouses may use personal information as evidence to help determine divorce issues, such as division of property and allocation of parental responsibility. Submitting …
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As a divorced parent, you want to know that your children are safe and reachable by you, even if you are not awarded primary allocation of parental responsibilities. If your children travel internationally, it can put both their safety and accessibility at risk:
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Many parents worry about how their divorce will affect their children. For children with autism, their parents’ divorce can be particularly confusing and disruptive. Depending on the severity of the autism, a child may have difficulty communicating or understanding how others feel. Children with autism thrive on familiarity and consistency. If you have a child with autism, you need to be sensitive to the unique affect your divorce may have on him or her.
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House ownership can be difficult to negotiate during a divorce because it is one of the most valuable properties in a marriage. In Illinois, marital property is equitably divided during a divorce, which means it is split fairly but not always evenly. In many cases, one spouse keeps the house, while the other spouse receives compensation through money or other assets. Spouses can also choose to sell the house and divide the proceeds. There are advantages and disadvantages to selling a marital house.
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The most common adoption cases typically involve an adult becoming the legal parent of a child after the biological parents consent to giving up their parental rights. Illinois is one of the few states to include standby adoption as a legal option. Standby adoption allows parents to decide who the adoptive parents of their children will be in case of their deaths. The rights and responsibilities of parents in a standby adoption are the same as those in other forms of adoption in Illinois, but the process must be planned in advance.
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Filing for divorce requires you to serve notice to your spouse with the divorce papers. What if you cannot find your spouse? Whether your spouse is missing or hiding, not being able to serve the divorce papers can complicate the process. However, if you follow the proper legal steps, you can file a motion for default and divorce without your spouse’s written consent.
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Child support payments are generally recognized by divorcing spouses as a necessary part of their shared parental responsibilities. Parties in a divorce are more likely to argue about the value of child support payments one spouse receives. Courts will consider the needs of the children and the financial status of each parent to determine an appropriate amount. However, needs and finances can change, and it sometimes is appropriate for parents to modify the child support arrangement.
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Coming to a premarital agreement, commonly known as a prenuptial agreement, with your spouse can be a financially savvy move in case of divorce. It allows you to define several monetary and proprietary aspects of your marriage, including:
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