Archive, March 2014.

A heartbreaking story of child abuse broke early this year, on January 21st 2014, when 6000 pages of allegations against 68 Chicago priests were released to the public. Of course, the problem of abuse in the Church did not just recently surface. Accounts of child abuse date back 500 years; one of the reasons cited for the Protestant Reformation includes Martin Luther’s dismay at questionable conduct he witnessed at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church on his first pilgrimage there. In 1517, he traveled to Rome a devout follower of the Catholic faith, and he left determined to start…

The recent disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing will have a number of repercussions. Air Safety standards will be adjusted, and search protocol will be reviewed and improved. There will be additional fallout as well, focused in the area of family law.

If you are a same-sex couple wishing to get married in Illinois, you may not have to wait until this summer, as was reported in the news late last year. While the historic same-sex marriage law does not go into effect until the first day of June 2014, Illinois counties are opening their courthouse doors one-by-one and letting gay couples come inside to complete marriage licenses, although recent rulings have led to dissent within the state.

The definition of marital separation is changing. Traditionally, it involved the movement of one or both spouses out of the marital home into smaller houses, or possibly an apartment across town. As more couples deal with upside-down mortgages and a buyer's housing market, the apartment across town becomes the apartment in the basement.

In the state in question, only married adults or two unmarried adult “intimate partners” can adopt children. Because of this, LEL and KEL were not able to file jointly for adoption. Instead, only the woman adopted their daughter, and, upon returning from Ethiopia, the man petitioned a court to become the child’s second legal parent.
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The 1990s sitcom “Married With Children” popularly spoofed how some parents act once they have dropped their dreams and started raising children. The caricatures in the Bundy cast resonated and the show lasted over 10 years, longer than many modern marriages.
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A high-profile and very heated child custody battle has made headlines in recent months, underscoring the complexities of determining parental rights after a divorce or break up. The battle over the nine-month old baby of Olympic skier Bode Miller and former marine and firefighter Sara McKenna has been raising questions as to mother’s rights in custody battles.
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Many marriages result in children. If that marriage fails, the children's needs must be addressed. The parent who seeks or gets custody of the child or children is called the custodial parent; the parent without custody is called the non-custodial parent. The classification is important in determining the issue of child support, and it gives the courts discretion in setting the level of support necessary.
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