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Attorney Brad Tengler

Divorce-Say provides support for individuals suffering the effects of broken relationships through the written word. Here you will find articles addressing the legal, financial, and therapeutic concerns of people wrestling with the challenges of moving on with their lives after divorce.

Articles address custody, visitation, child support, maintenance and many more legal and financial topics as well as therapeutic and counseling issues unique to children and parents going through divorce.

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The importance of legally establishing paternity for unmarried fathers


In the State of Illinois, if a couple is married and the wife has a child, it is automatically presumed that the husband is the father. No further legal recourse is needed in order for him to be acknowledged as the legal father. However, in the event that the couple is unmarried, the father is not given the presumption that his in fact the father. He must formally establish paternity.

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Protecting the Parent-Child Relationship During Divorce: How to Guard Against Parental Alienation

lonely child

During divorce proceedings, children are often placed in confusing situations, causing them to feel some type of preference for one parent over the other. Many times the mere observation of parental conflict is enough to cause a child to have feelings of resentment towards one parent on his or her own, but many times one parent is the cause of these feelings, contributing to what is known by child psychologists as Parental Alienation Syndrome.

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