Archive, April 2014.

As many families know, the decision to adopt a child is often easier than the actual adoption process, especially when adopting internationally. Some countries have made the process extremely difficult or altogether impossible, like with Russia’s adoption freeze.
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Whether you have been married 50 years or 50 days, you and your spouse likely have commingled property that used to be exclusively yours. Money from your individual savings accounts can be commingled; money or property you received from a relative through inheritance can be commingled; and even a home or farm that you owned individually could have become commingled during your marriage.

Often, the most difficult aspect of a divorce is determining who will care for the children and who will make decisions regarding their welfare. Illinois courts will use a “best interests of the child” standard when awarding custody. In applying that standard courts have flexibility to settle on many different types of custody arrangements.

One of the hardest parts of divorce is finding a fair way to divide assets that have been shared and intertwined over the years. Many assume that when couples get divorced, property is simply divided 50/50. But now most states, including Illinois, use a process called equitable distribution, where a number of factors are considered when dividing assets.
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“The Other Woman,” an upcoming Hollywood feature about infidelity, stars some of America’s most celebrated celebrities. The film’s cast includes Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann of “This is 40” and “Knocked Up,” supermodel Kate Upton, and pop singer and rapper Nicki Minaj.

Is there such a thing as a hassle-free divorce? Probably not, given the emotional, financial, and legal difficulties that follow in the wake of a divorce. However, that does not mean you and your divorcing spouse are destined to spend tens of thousands of dollars in court fighting over such trivial questions as who gets the family lawn chairs. In Illinois, there are a number of options to help your divorce be as conflict-free and cost effective as possible.

Dividing assets between spouses is always an important part of a divorce in Illinois. Many residents are familiar with the idea that all property is labeled as either marital or non-marital. Under Illinois law, property owned by one spouse before the marriage is usually deemed non-marital property and anything acquired during the marriage is labeled marital property. Generally, all marital property is split “equitably” (a nuanced term), while non-marital property remains with the original owner.

Raising children is often referred to as the most challenging (and rewarding) task with which you will ever be charged. Caring for a child can be even more difficult following a divorce, particularly if one parent does not take an active role in the process. Unfortunately, many mothers and fathers across Illinois are forced to raise children alone.
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