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November 2013 Archives

Study finds poor communication leading cause of divorce

There are many reasons why Illinois marriages end in divorce. Each relationship is different and unique. Sometimes marriages end because of issues like infidelity, physical or emotional abuse, or drug or alcohol problems. Others end because over time the couple realizes that they are not seeing eye-to-eye on important issues and cannot reconcile their differences. However, while every relationship is different, there are some underlying reasons why many marriages end in divorce.

Child custody increasingly important issue for single fathers

In many divorces, the question of whom will care for the children is a major decision. Child custody determinations can be very contentious, for a variety of reasons. This tends to be the case in situations where both parents show a strong interest in wanting to raise the children. However, even though custody decisions can be contentious, they are also very important.

Illinois domestic violence shelter receives large grant

Unfortunately, many people in Illinois are victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence can occur in the form of physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and sometimes a combination of all three. Many times the victims of this abuse do not have anywhere to go after they have been abused. To help these victims, many shelters have been set up around Illinois to provide a safe place for the victims to escape their abusers. However, many shelters are limited in their capabilities due to a lack of resources.

Can I Force My Spouse to Pay My Attorney Fees In Our Divorce?

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Act seeks to "level the playing field" between divorcing couples by requiring spouse to share the funds for legal fees. The goal of the Act is to ensure parties have equal access to representation in divorce and child custody proceedings.

Jon Cryer's ex-wife seeks an $80,000 increase in child support

Child support is an important issue in Illinois for the children of separated parents. Child support helps ensure that the child's financial needs are being met and also helps ensure the children enjoy similar lifestyles when they are with either parent. Sometimes circumstances change, though, and one parent may seek to either increase or decrease the child support payments based on the situation.

Child Support Enforcement vs. Child Custody Enforcement

According to Joseph Cordell, founder of, there is a disparity between the child support enforcement and custody enforcement. Cordell argues this disparity tends to show the financial responsibilities of rearing a child is held in higher regard than the emotional connection of a child to a parent. Cordell does make a valid point that a disparity exists in the enforcement of child support orders verses the enforcement of child custody orders.

More and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren

There are a variety of reasons that grandparents in Illinois end up raising their grandchildren. Sometimes the parents have substance abuse problems or are not in a place financially to be able to raise the children themselves. While the grandparents understand how to care for the children, many times they do not understand family law and do not have legal guardianship over their grandchildren.

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