Archive, October 2014.

Illinois relies on a principle of equitable distribution in dividing marital assets and debts upon divorce. In addition to savings, real property, personal property, business interests, and investments, the division process also reaches pension benefits. The distribution of pension benefits can sometimes be a source of confusion, especially when some benefits were accrued prior to marriage, or will continue to accrue after divorce. In understanding and anticipating the impact of divorce on pension benefits, the skill and knowledge of an Illinois family law attorney is an invaluable resource.
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Weddings typically involve a lot of planning, even when you forgo a traditional ceremony for a trip to the courthouse. However, before you make too many plans, make sure that you are eligible to marry under Illinois law, and consider a premarital agreement as well.
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If you are considering a divorce, the time and expense of a protracted court battle might affect your decision. However, if a divorce is in your family’s best interests, do not be deterred by the legal process. Divorce does not have to involve contentious litigation – it can be resolved through an amicable mediation instead.
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A single parent who relies on child support payments to make ends meet should not have to worry about those payments being made on time. Unfortunately, though, there are some “deadbeat” parents who not only fail to make timely payments, but who fail to make payments at all.
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Generally, the federal government does not have the authority to legislate matters preserved to the states. For that reason, the states have enacted their own laws related to certain subjects, including adoption and child custody. However, the federal government does have the authority to legislate national issues, such as when a child in one state is adopted by family in another state or when an abused child is taken across state lines. The federal government also has the authority to offer funding to states that fulfill specific requirements, such as providing family preservation services. …

Illinois law recognizes that not all parents want to be parents. Moreover, the law recognizes that feelings of desperation often result in desperate acts, such as abandoning an unwanted child into unsafe conditions. That is why the state has in place the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act (ANIPA), which allows parents to relinquish a newborn anonymously without incurring any civil or criminal liabilities. The goal is to prevent parents who do not want to keep their newborns from abandoning them into dangerous circumstances.
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The United States and Vietnam recently announced that limited intercountry adoptions will resume after a six-year ban. Prior to the ban, Vietnam was a popular destination for American families looking to adopt. However, allegations surfaced regarding the corrupt underpinnings of Vietnam’s adoption system, including evidence of baby-selling. The Vietnamese government responded to the ban by establishing legal safeguards for intercountry adoptions. The new partnership between the U.S. and Vietnam now allows Americans to adopt Vietnamese special needs children and children older than five.
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The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption applies to all United States citizens who want to adopt a child in a country that adheres to the Convention. This is an international agreement to ensure that intercountry adoptions are safe for the adopted children. The Convention establishes certain conditions that must exist before an intercountry adoption will be sanctioned, including particular procedural requirements:
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