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How is mediation used in a divorce in Illinois?


There are many marriages in Illinois every year. Weddings tend to be very happy occasions and, in most cases, the couple is in love. The couples also are generally able to work things out and deal with differences that arise. However, in many marriages, differences arise that the couple is not able to work out. Often times, these marriages end in divorce. Divorces tend to be the opposite of weddings. They are still emotional, but the emotions often involve sadness and/or anger rather than happiness.

Basic requirements to a start divorce in Illinois


Divorce is relatively common in Illinois as the divorce rate seems to be climbing higher and higher each year. Before each divorce is finalized many people may know they will need to divide their assets and debts, deal with child custody and child support and possibly have to determine if there will be spousal maintenance. However, before any of that can begin, the couple must file for divorce in the Illinois courts. There are certain requirements that must be met before a person can file though.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey possibly heading toward divorce


Illinois fans of Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey may be aware that divorce rumors have surrounded this couple for a while. Canon even recently admitted that they both live in separate houses and sources say that divorce is very likely. They have been separated since May. The couple has 3-year-old twins and Cannon and Carey have reportedly been working out a custody arrangement and property settlement. The couple married in 2008.

Divorce parties are becoming increasingly popular in Illinois


Over the years more and more people have decided to get divorced in Illinois. The divorce rate has increased significantly over the last 50 years and the process has now become quite common. Most states now have no-fault divorces, meaning that a person does not have to have a reason to get divorced beyond the fact that they no longer get along with each other. In fact, only one of the spouses can want the divorce in order for one to be granted. As divorce has become more common, the perception surrounding it has also changed.

Property Division in Divorce: What belongs to whom?

As a couple goes through the divorce process, one of most important tasks (on the legal end) is splitting up the property. A judge will decide who receives which belongings, and what portion they will receive. Your divorce attorney will be able to advocate on your behalf, but educating oneself on the terminology surrounding division of marital property is important for anyone obtaining a divorce.

TV personality Sherri Shepard speaks about divorce


As many people in Illinois know, Sherri Shepard, co-host of the popular television show The View, recently filed for divorce from her husband of three years. She recently spoke about having to move on and keep going forward. She stated that having good friends around her has been very helpful. The couple also is expecting a child this summer via a surrogate. Shepard is seeking full legal and physical custody of the child.

Do I need a lawyer to legally change my or my kid's name in Illinois?

Illinois law allows for a person to legally change his or her name either with or without the legal assistance of an attorney. For the woman who has successfully obtained a divorce, hanging on to the last name of an ex-spouse can be an unnecessary reminder of a stage in life she is trying to forget. Many times a woman will choose to drop the last name of her ex-spouse and resume her maiden name. Another common situation involving a legal name change would include a situation in which a parent desires to change the last name of her child to the last name of her new spouse in the event that the step-parent legally adopts the child. Fortunately, the process by which one can change his or her name in the State of Illinois is relatively simple. The following steps must be followed in order for one to legally change his or her name:

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