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lucyNot only in support of 2-year-old Gracelynn “Gracie” Rose Smith, but for all child abuse victims, people recently filled the yard of the Tazewell County Courthouse to protest child abuse. Gracie’s friends and family gathered in front of the courthouse to ask people to sign a petition that proposes a law requiring all child abusers to register with law enforcement. Gracie suffered from a cracked skull, slight brain bleeding and abdominal trauma, along with other injuries in August 2012, said her family. Luckily, she has made a full recovery. Her father Blake Smith of North Pekin said, “Today, it’s not just about what happened to my daughter. We’re also trying to raise awareness in general.” Gracie’s family’s goal is to complete a petition with signatures on paper or online through Change.org. The petition is intended for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, state Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, and Gov. Pat Quinn. At the moment, the Illinois State Police maintains a Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry. Smith said the support of everyone is what keeps people going. “Child abuse is all around us. If they can’t talk, we need to be their voice.” Karmen Toney, Gracie’s mom, said, “I want to see everybody sign the petition. And just be more aware of who your kids are talking to and who they’re around.” Joy Denny, one of Gracie’s great-grandmothers, said that they have spent every month at the courthouse in support of Gracie, and they would do the same for any other family that may be going through this. “As great-grandparents, grandparents or parents, we have to stand stronger to protect our children. If we have to force law enforcement to help us to that, then that’s what we’ll do.” She added that they are getting closer to getting enough signatures. Toney said, Gracie has made a full recovery, thank God. She’s a happy, healthy, go lucky baby girl again.” If your child has gone through abuse like Gracie has, contact a family law attorney in St. Charles, Ill. to fight for your rights. Goostree Law Group will defend you and your child for the abuse that he or she had to suffer.
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LucyHeavy and incompatible drinking, or when one spouse consumes a significantly higher amount of alcohol than the other, has been shown to increase the chance of divorce. This has been proven in a study of almost 20,000 Norwegian couples that was recently released. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health collected and reviewed data from 19,977 married couples in one county in Norway, and found that spouses who consumed similar amounts of alcohol were less likely to get a divorce than couples in which one spouse was a heavy drinker and the other was not. When the wife was the one who was drinking more alcohol, the risk of divorce was especially high. Norwegian Institute of Public Health director Ellinor F. Major was especially interested in the fact that when women were the heavy drinkers, the divorce rate was higher. “The risk of divorce is estimated to be tripled when the husband’s level of drinking is low and the wife’s drinking is heavy, compared with couples where both drink lightly,” reported Major in the online edition of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Another researcher from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Fartein and author of the study Ask Torvi suggested possible explanations for why heavy drinking in women, specifically, may increase the chance for divorce: “One of them is that women in general seem to be more strongly affected by heavy drinking that men are. Thus, heavy-drinking women may be more impaired than heavy-drinking men,” said Torvi. He added, “A wife’s heavy drinking probably also interferes more with general family life – that is, the caring role of the mother, upbringing of children, etc. Perhaps the husband is more apt to leave their spouse than is the wife when major problems occur.” This study is not the first time that researchers have linked alcohol consumption to marital status. A study was presented in August 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, which indicated that married women drink more than divorced and widowed women, in part due to the men that they lived with that who had higher rates of alcohol consumption. Married men, however, seemed to drink less than their divorced and single counterparts. If alcohol consumption has interfered with your marriage and you are considering filing for divorce, contact Goostree Law Group today. Located in Kane County, IL, these experienced divorce lawyers can help you with a smooth, painless divorce.

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KerryA Madison, WI appeals court has ruled that a clinic that accidentally gave a patient pre-natal vitamins instead of birth control pills is not responsible for child support payments for the child she conceived because of the clinic’s error. However, the court says she can sue for financial damages for pain and suffering during and after her pregnancy, loss of future earning capacity and postpartum depression. The appeals court has sent the case back to trial court. According to a report by the Associated Press, Shelby Nell went to the clinic in February 2009 to have her birth control prescription filled. Instead, she was given the vitamins, and immediately became pregnant. She gave birth to a baby boy in December 2009. Nell and the boy’s father, Austin Omernick, sued the clinic in family court, but the court ruled that public policy considerations such as preventing fraud and making sure awards are fair to defendants protected the clinic from liability in their case. The couple appealed. The appeals court did note that neither the couple nor the clinic cited any court ruling where a parent can recover the costs of raising a healthy child born after a medical provider negligently fails to provide prescribed birth control pills. However, the court said that in order to hold the clinic liable for financial support of the baby, a parent would have had to have undergone an unsuccessful sterilization. If you are considering any legal action regarding child support payments against another party, consult with a qualified Illinois family law attorney to represent you and make sure the best interest of your child are protected.
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StaciAccording to the Chicago Tribune, the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University has completed a study indicating that the divorce rate for people aged 50 and older has doubled between the years of 1990 and 2010. Whereas in 1990, only one out of every 10 divorces involved a person over the age of 50, now, one out of every four divorces involves a person over the age of 50. Researchers speculate that this large increase in divorce rates may be due to the fact that our population is aging and living longer, more women have careers that do not leave them financially dependent on their husbands, and more people are rejecting traditional religious no-divorce rules. Additionally, when major life events occur, such as when all children have left their parents’ homes, the parents may discover that their marriage is no longer viable. Divorces involving older Americans can bring to light a different set of issues than those which face younger divorcing Americans. For instance, health insurance coverage until one spouse or the other is eligible for Medicare may be an important issue that any divorce settlement must cover. There is the possibility that one spouse, typically the woman, has foregone a career and, as a result, needs continuing alimony for support. An aging couple’s assets may lie primarily in their primary residence, which, given the housing market, may be worth less or even underwater with the existing mortgage. Due to these unique issues that may be facing divorcing couples over the age of 50, it is essential that each spouse get the legal advice and representation that he or she needs to maintain a financially feasible future. Contact your Kane County divorce attorney today, and discover what options may be available to you through your divorce proceedings.
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LeeviWhile marriage tends to reduce the alcohol intake of men, women seem to be the complete opposite, according to a study. The study found that married women appear to be heavier drinkers than single women, widows or divorcees. On the other hand, happily married men do not drink as much as their bachelor friends or divorced men. The researchers believe the reason is that women can reduce their husbands’ alcohol consumption whereas heavy drinking men pass their drinking habits to their wives. Married people generally do not drink as much as non-married people. Women also tend to drink less than men and are not as likely to have an alcohol problem. In another study, which was led by Corinne Reczek, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, researchers found that getting married or divorced affected drinking habits, but men and women were very different in this respect. The biggest difference in alcohol intake was between happily married men and recently divorced men, who often start drinking more alcohol during their divorce. However, women were different. Divorced women generally did not drink as much as those still married. “Our qualitative results suggest this occurs because men introduce and prompt women’s drinking, and because divorced women lose the influence of men’s alcohol use upon dissolution,” the researchers said. Marriage does not guarantee happiness and sometimes filing for divorce is the best option for you. If you find yourself in the midst of a divorce, you should discuss your options with an experienced family law lawyer who will defend your rights and protect your interests. Contact a knowledgeable divorce attorney in Kane County at your earliest convenience.

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