Archive, January 2014.

There is no single determinative factor that may prove to either same-sex or heterosexual couples that a civil union is the right choice. For same-sex couples, more and more states, such as Illinois, are adopting laws that allow marriage between them. Notwithstanding that fact, some couples simply feel that a civil union is the more appropriate choice for them. Regardless of the choice, however, there is always the unfortunate reality that the parties to the civil union may wish to dissolve that union.
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Change is one of life’s undeniable forces. People’s beliefs and situations change and, as such, so do their needs and desires. The laws of the land have recognized this fact, and created situations in which a divorce decree can be modified, depending on the circumstances of the parties involved. Illinois recognizes the importance of changed circumstances and allows for modification of divorce agreements.
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The cost of health insurance is one of the many factors to consider when contemplating divorce.  According to a 2012 study by the University of Michigan, approximately 115,000 women lose their private health insurance every year due to divorce. Under the Affordable Care Act, or as it is colloquially known, Obamacare, however, divorce could decrease health insurance costs.
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With a few exceptions, all assets acquired during an Illinois marriage are considered marital property.  Most people may be aware that marital property can include significant assets such as a home pension plans, stocks and bonds. However, many people may not be aware that rewards points like frequent flyer miles, hotel points, and other similar points earned during the marriage may also be considered marital assets.  If the rewards points, or a portion of the points, were earned before the marriage, then the points are considered non-marital assets and are not subject to be divided upon …

One of the most important issues facing spouses in a divorce involves their living arrangements.  Homeowners, unsurprisingly, must consider their legal rights upon the division of marital property such as the house and furniture.  However, renters must also consider their legal rights under their current lease for their rented home.
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The Law
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Divorce is a complicated process, with many important decisions to be made. One of the most convoluted parts of divorce is property division. For many families, pets are more than just property; they are members of the family. However, in the eyes of Illinois law, they are treated simply as property.
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Child Custody agreements for any family can become a convoluted, strenuous battle that can take several years to finally be resolved. A prime example of the stress that encompasses child custody disputes is the case Redmond v. Redmond, which involves a local Illinois woman who became engaged in a child custody battle with her child’s father, a citizen of Ireland.
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