Archive, September 2014.

According to a spokeswoman at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), more child abuse incidents are reported to the department when school resumes every fall. That is because teachers are mandated reporters under state law, and they must report evidence of child abuse or neglect to DCFS. Other mandated reporters include:
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Marriage bestows certain rights and responsibilities upon spouses. These marriage rights can vary based on where you marry and whether or not your jurisdiction even allows you to marry (for example, while same-sex marriage is now legal in Illinois, it is not allowed in numerous states). Illinois sets forth a couple’s rights in the Rights of Married Persons Act, including:

If you are a single parent who is entitled to receive child support, Illinois law wants to make sure that you get your money. While the preferred means of collecting child support is for the supporting parent to make timely payments, the law has backup methods in place should the preferred means fail. For example, if a parent fails to make a payment, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) might freeze his bank accounts or withhold a portion of his income. The state might also revoke his professional license until he pays up.
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If you make child support payments in Illinois, you typically cannot just mail a check to the other parent. There is often a “middleman,” such as the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) or the clerk of the court, who will then transmit the payment to the recipient. Your specific middleman will depend on the county in which the dissolution of marriage was filed (assuming that your duty to pay child support arose out of a failed marriage).
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Divorce is a contentious and complicated affair. There are so many factors to consider, from determining who gets the marital residence to the mechanics of making child support payments. While families are likely aware of the more “common” aspects of divorce such as asset division and child custody, they might be unaware of other aspects. The following includes answers to four questions about divorce that you might not know:
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Divorce is never easy. There are so many issues for couples to fight about, including money, property, and custody of children. Even when spouses have a premarital agreement, they could still end up fighting over these and other issues. However, thanks to a new state law, now divorcing couples will face fewer battlefronts.
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One of the most basic principles in law is that a court must have jurisdiction before it can hear a case. Jurisdiction is a fancy way for saying that a court must have the authority to make legal judgments about an issue. If a court does not have that authority, then it cannot decide the issue. For example, when the issue is a federal law, that issue must usually be resolved by a federal – and not a state – court.
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