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Illinois family law on the rights of adoptive parents

We spent some time last week discussing stepparent adoption for our Rockford readers. This week, we'll back it up a step and talk about something that any potential adoptive parents -- including those working with a private agency should understand: the rights, as well as the responsibilities, of adoptive parents according to family law in Illinois. The discussion is provided as general information and does not constitute specific legal advice.

How does stepparent adoption work? (Part 2)

As noted previously here on our Rockford family law blog, stepparents seeking to adopt their stepchildren will need to obtain the consent of the child's other birth parent (assuming that person hasn't already lost his or her parental rights). There are certain measures, however, that stepparents may be able to take within the family law system in order to terminate the other birth parent's rights and move ahead with the adoption even if that person does not consent to it.

How does stepparent adoption work? (Part 1)

As common as it is for Rockford parents to divorce nowadays, many will find themselves getting married for a second time at some point in their lives. When a spouse becomes a stepparent, questions of adoption and family law commonly arise. Is it difficult to adopt one's stepchildren, and what about the consent of their other birth parent? Let's take a look at the answer to this question, with the understanding that the information is not intended as specific legal advice, but as general in nature only.

What does Illinois say about grandparents' rights?

As more parents in Illinois and throughout the country suffer from addiction in the current opioid crisis, grandparents are increasingly raising their grandchildren when the parents are unable to do so. It's important for these grandparents today to understand their rights when questions of visitation or child custody arise concerning their grandchildren.

Divorce rates are higher for certain occupations

People in Illinois who work in industries that involve travel or nightlife might be more likely to get a divorce than those who work in professions with more stable hours. FlowingData recently presented information from the 2015 American Community survey indicating that scientists, actuaries, software developers and some medical professionals were the least likely people to get a divorce.

How divorce affects Social Security spousal benefits

When Illinois couples go through a divorce and one spouse has earned less than the other or has not worked at al, that person may be able to claim Social Security benefits on the higher-earning spouse's work record. However, this does not reduce the benefits available to the higher-earning spouse.

How can unmarried couples protect their assets in the event of separation? P.2

Last time, we began speaking about cohabitation agreements in Illinois, and how these documents can help unmarried couples protect their assets in the event of separation and death. As we noted, crafting an enforceable cohabitation agreement in Illinois can be tricky and it is important to work with an experienced attorney to ensure it is valid and enforceable.

How can unmarried couples protect their assets in the event of separation?

Previously, we wrote about a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision which highlighted the need for unmarried couples in Illinois to take steps to protect their assets in the event of separation. This is an especially important issue to address when an unmarried couple plans on commingling their assets, since doing so makes it difficult, if not impossible in some cases, to determine which assets  belongs to which party.

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