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May 2013 Archives

Rise in number of unmarried parents has consequences

It is well known that nearly half of marriages will end in divorce. Family law attorneys are used to dealing with divorce and all of the issues that go along with it, but different issues are surfacing as the number of unmarried couples having children increases. In 2012 the majority of babies born in the United States to women under 30 years of age were unmarried mothers. In Wisconsin the number of children born to single-parent homes in 2010 was 36.9 percent. The number of African American children born to single mothers in Wisconsin is 85 percent.

Jodi Arias, domestic violence and orders of protection

As many of our readers have heard, through watching or reading the news, the Jodi Arias trial has our country buzzing with talk about one of the most brutal and controversial murders reported in 2013. According to news reports, Arias killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, by stabbing him in the abdomen and back 27 times, slitting his throat from ear to ear, and shooting him in the head. Throughout the course of the trial, psychology experts have been brought in to provide their expert opinion regarding the motives and reasoning behind Arias' bizarre actions. Among the many disturbing parts of this case include Arias' claim that she was a victim of domestic violence during her relationship with Alexander, and her murder was simply an act of self-defense. While the jury decides on the legitimacy of her claim, it is important for us to be aware of what qualifies as domestic violence, and how to leave an abusive relationship. The following describes the criteria used by Illinois law in determining domestic violence:

DCFS and no stalking orders and the Ariel Castro Kidnappings

Chances are, if you have had access to any source of media within the last week, you have heard the disturbing story of Ariel Castro and the Cleveland kidnappings. At this point, many questions are still left unanswered, and America is once again left wondering how someone could do such horrific things to innocent individuals. As we witness one of the most shocking news stories of 2013, and rejoice in the discovery of the three young ladies, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, we must do more than simply observe and speculate. While Ariel Castro has received a great amount of media coverage, he is only one of many sick and twisted abductors who have abandoned any sense of morale and stolen the lives of young, innocent children. It is our duty as American citizens, as neighbors, as parents, and as friends to educate ourselves on how we can prevent such atrocities from happening.

Demi wants "Moore" out of divorce from Ashton Kutcher

With half of all marriages ending divorce, it is no surprise that numerous celebrities have gone through the process. The difference from the rest of society is that celebrity divorces usually grab headlines and may become a public spectacle. Between cheating scandals, alimony demands and high asset division, celebrity divorce is closely followed by the media. Many Rockford-area residents are familiar with the ongoing divorce between Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.

Rockford area to benefit from federal funds for domestic violence

Here in Illinois, domestic violence continues to be a problem for many residents. Whether it be emotional or physical abuse by a spouse or other family member, the impact of the abuse and the resulting emotional distress can be great and last long after a specific event. To this end, local officials recently received a federal grant aimed directly at curtailing domestic violence in Winnebago County.

Divorce, children and factors affecting their best interest

The amount of research on how divorce affects children can be a bit overwhelming, leaving parents a bit confused as to what is best for the child. The most important thing to remember, however, is that each family dynamic is different. What may be beneficial for one family may be quite detrimental for another. For some families, a divorce may cause more problems than it fixes, adding to the already present tension within a family. For other families, avoiding a divorce may be cancerous in terms of the well-being of a child. While divorce is not for everyone, especially when a marriage can be salvaged through means of counseling, parents are encouraged to consider the costs and benefits of staying together. The following research provides just a few reasons why avoiding divorce may not be in the best interest of the child.

Illinois bill would allow fathers to challenge paternity

A proposed bill in Illinois could change child support orders for many parents in the state. The bill would allow a father to challenge the paternity of a child after the statute of limitations has expired, if there is DNA evidence that supports the father's claim that he is not the father.

Email, text messages can impact your divorce case

Going through a divorce can be difficult, but it is important for people to know the impact their online behavior may have on their divorce proceedings, including alimony, child support and child custody decisions. Every person can admit to sending a snarky email or writing an angry post on Facebook. While this may ease some of the stress at the time, it may negatively impact your divorce.

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