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Clint Eastwood fighting spousal support and child custody demands


More and more marriages in Illinois are ending in divorce. There are many reasons for the increase, but despite the numbers going up, divorces can still be very complicated. Emotions generally run high during a divorce and can cloud a reasonable person's judgment. Many times the couple no longer sees a reason to cooperate and just wants what they think they deserve. There are many issues that need to be resolved in a divorce, and, therefore, there can also be many disputes.

Forcing Parents to Chose Between Employment and Custody is Not in Children's Best Interest

During a pending civil case involving the custody or visitation of minor children, a parent must request permission to remove the children to another state before doing so. This means that if the parent is offered a job in another state and they want to take their children with them they must first be granted permission for the removal.

Several Chicago agencies join forces to fight domestic violence


There are many instances of domestic abuse in Illinois each year. The abuse comes in the forms of both physical and emotional abuse. It can have a very detrimental effect on the parties involved, as well as on the families of both the victim and the abuser. Police attempt to combat domestic violence, but most of the time they arrive after the abuse has occurred and the damage is done.

Beyonce's father falls behind on child support

Many people in Wisconsin are required by law to pay child support. If a person's income decreases, these payments can be difficult to make. However, once a court orders a parent to pay child support, they do not have the option to stop paying or pay less than the ordered amount until they return to court to modify the current order. In many cases, people do not modify the order and end up falling behind on payments. They are then responsible for paying off these arrearages in addition to their ongoing obligation.

Beyond sticker shock: child support in Illinois

When welcoming a child into their family, most parents are not thinking of the high cost of raising a child. Feelings of love, joy and hope for the family's future tend to take hold at such key times, overriding prosaic (but still important) concerns about money.

Why You Should Celebrate When You Ex-Spouse Falls In Love

Under Illinois law cohabitation is one way to terminate maintenance. Maintenance, formerly known as alimony, is when one spouse is required to provide financial support to the other spouse after the divorce. Under Illinois law, several events can lead to the termination of maintenance payments. Cohabitation is one of those events.

Fathers rights in adoption proceedings in Illinois

It's no secret that children are often conceived by accident, outside of wedlock, and parents sometimes consider alternative choices such as adoption or abortion. What often happens is that the mother makes the executive decision of whether or not the keep and raise the baby. Fathers sometimes have little say in the matter. However, according to Illinois law, fathers do have a say. So what steps can a father take to prevent the mother of his child from giving the child up for adoption?

Adoption Day successful for many Rockford families


For many Rockford area families, adoption is an extremely joyous occasion, and is often one of the happier areas of family law. Most other areas of family law, such as divorce and child custody disputes, are adversarial in nature and both sides to the dispute are often times filled with negative emotions. However, when people come to the courthouse for an adoption proceeding, usually everyone leaves with smiles on their faces.

What happens to my pet when I get a divorce?

Couples going through a divorce will usually need to come to an agreement on how to divide property, time with children, etc. One issue that is seldom discussed is who gets to keep the pets. For many people, attachment to their furry friends is an emotional attachment. However, the courts typically view ownership of pets in the same light as any other property. This means that judges will not usually order a visitation schedule.

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