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Many Illinois children being raised by grandparents

As is the case throughout the country, many children both in the Rockford area are being cared for and raised by their grandparents. Grandparents in this state frequently are willing to step in and provide for their grandchildren when the child's parents are either unwilling or unable to do so, such as in the case where parents have drug or alcohol issues.

Review of Illinois' grandparent visitation laws

There are many children in Rockford, Illinois, who enjoy a healthy relationship with their grandparents. While in most cases the child's parent or parents will encourage this relationship, in some cases a parent will not want the child's grandparents, or certain other relatives for that matter, to have ongoing visits with the child.

The rights and responsibilities of a guardian in Illinois

As previous posts here have explained, relatives and friends of minor children in Rockford, Illinois, may find that they need some legal authority to care for the children. For instance, they may have stepped in because the child's parent has health or other issues that make it hard or even impossible for the parent to care for the children.

The number of unmarried couples continues to rise

It might not come as a huge surprise to Rockford, Illinois, residents, but statistics do confirm that the number of unmarried couples who are living together continues to rise across the country. According to the Pew Research Center, while the number of people getting married is trending downward, more people are instead choosing to cohabitate while foregoing marriage.

How capital gains tax plays in to home equity

A previous post on this blog talked about how couples who are splitting, either in a divorce or even after a long-term relationship, must wrangle with property division. During this process, among other decisions, splitting couples must choose how to divide equity in a home that they own or that is legally marital property.

We work hard to get all the details right

A previous post on this blog talked about why a QDRO, or qualified domestic relations order, is so important to so many Rockford-area couples who may be going through a divorce or legal separation. As that post mentioned, a lawyer who is preparing a QDRO faces a critically important task. Even if all sides are in agreement, the details of this court order can make or break a person financially and, to some extent legally. Not drafting the order as the parties intended can spell delays and, at worst, the loss of money.

What does the acronym QDRO mean?

When discussing divorce or family law, a Rockford, Illinois, resident may hear the acronym QDRO mentioned. The phrase stands for qualified domestic relations order, which is a document that can be very important not only in high asset divorces, but also in family law matters where spouses are of much more limited means.

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