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April 2014 Archives

Not ready to take the plunge and get a divorce? Legal separation may be an option

Headlining the most recent celebrity news magazines is the story of the split of Gwyneth Paltrow and husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay. Having been married for over a decade, and sharing two children, the couple publicly announced their split this March, referring to the split as a "conscious uncoupling." In common terminology, the couple is separating rather than divorcing. But what's the difference?

Failure to pay child support lands man in jail


There are many people in Illinois who have children with an ex-spouse or a person to whom they were not married. In these situations, generally one parent is required to pay child support to the other parent, mandated by a court order. These child support orders are based on a parent's obligation and ability to pay for their child's financial needs. Even those who do not agree with the amount of the child support they are ordered to owe each month pay it understanding the importance of providing for their children. However, there are some who do not pay child support at all, no matter the circumstances.

Illinois family wanting to adopt duped by supposed mother


There are many couples in Illinois who want children but are unable to have any of their own. Many of these couples have tried different methods but even those have proved unsuccessful. This can be very frustrating for the families and some will turn to adoption in order to have a child. There are many different adoption agencies and ways to adopt children, but generally adoption is not a cheap or easy process.

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst: 4 Ways in Which a Prenuptial Agreement Can Protect Your Interests

Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich anymore. With the growing amount of second (and third) marriages, protecting one's estate through prenuptial agreements is becoming an increasingly popular practice. Although most individuals enter a marriage with the expectation to remain with that person 'til death do they part, many lawyers would advise the hopeful newlyweds to hope for the best but plan for the worst. Here are just a few of the many things one may want to consider when deciding on whether or not to hire an attorney to assist with the creation of a prenuptial agreement:

Trace Adkins' wife files for divorce from the country star


Country music fans in Illinois may be surprised to learn that Trace Adkins is getting divorced. The country music star's wife recently filed for divorce. The couple was married for 16 years and have three children ranging from 16 to nine-years-old. Adkins' wife is seeking primary custody, spousal maintenance and child support. It is unclear the specific reason for the couple's split, but Adkins had recently started rehab after 12 years of sobriety.

I thought I was married...until I filed for divorce: What are my rights as a Putative Spouse?

With the ease of access to legal records and official documents provided by the technological advances of this age, it is hard to imagine that one would ever have a need to question the validity of his or her marriage when filing for a divorce. However, it happens. Such a situation involving an invalid marriage is known in Illinois as a "putative marriage."

Press conference being held to start Child Abuse Prevention Month


Many people in Illinois have been around or a part of domestic abuse. It comes in many forms such as verbal abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse. Often times there is a combination of all three of those. It can involve just the parents or the children as well and many times both are involved. Domestic violence involving the children can be very detrimental to them and the effects can last a lifetime.

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