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August 2013 Archives

Information sharing on social media can come back during divorce

The world is shrinking due in large part to the web of digital resources that people in Illinois and across the world use each day. Web-based tools like Facebook and Twitter allow people to connect with their friends and family, follow celebrities and media stories and promote themselves for potential employment opportunities all through a few quick key strokes. While social media and digital technologies have helped bring people closer together, they can also make things difficult for people trying to separate or divorce.

Illinois law increases penalty for domestic violence

Illinois residents are probably aware that domestic violence is a national problem. But they may be surprised to learn that domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women in the United States. To address the problem, a bill recently signed into law in Illinois will increase the penalties for domestic violence beginning January 1st.

Usher's ex-wife seeks temporary child custody after pool accident

Illinois residents who are involved in a child custody dispute may be interested to hear about the current state of the custody battle between R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife. The couple's 5-year-old son was recently injured after getting caught in a pool drain. After the incident, the boy's mother requested an emergency hearing seeking temporary primary custody of the child as well as authority to make decisions on behalf of the child.

Obama signs bill reauthorizing and adding provisions to the Violence Against Women Act of 1994

First signed into law in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been credited with helping reduce domestic violence by two-thirds. VAWA is a federal law aimed at ending violence against women. On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing VAWA for another five years. The reauthorization gives $659 million a year over five years for VAWA programs intended to help end violence against women. The bill also expanded protection for domestic violence victims.

Illinois man accused of murders files for divorce

Illinois resident Nicholas Sheley, who is accused of killing eight people, is now filing for divorce. Sheley was convicted of two murders in June of 2008. He had been married to his wife for two months at that time. The couple has now been married for five years. They has two children. The couple's 8-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter live with the paternal grandparents. Sheley is requesting that the current child custody arrangement remain the same.

Was George Zimmerman Stalking Trayvon Martin?

George Zimmerman's trial has captured the attention of the nation. Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder and manslaughter and found not guilty on both charges. Since the jury's verdict was announced, many people have weighed in with their opinions regarding the not guilty verdict.

Dwayne Wade's custody battle continues with IL judge's ruling

While child custody issues can be emotional, and sometimes difficult, it is important that all parties focus on achieving the best interests of the children.

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