Tom Cruise admitted, earlier this month in a deposition that Katie Holmes filed for divorce to “protect Suri from Scientology.” Both Cruise and Holmes practice Scientology before and during their marriage. Since the divorce, Holmes has left the church. According to Cruise, since the divorce, daughter, Suri, is not practicing the religion.
Increasing numbers of parents from different religious backgrounds are getting married and having children. When the two get divorced the question then becomes what religion the children should practice post divorce. This can sometimes even become a question in cases where before and during the marriage the parents were practicing the same religion, as in the case of Cruise and Holmes.
Earlier this month Illinois lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage making Illinois set to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Governor Pat Quinn has stated he plans to sign the bill and put Illinois “on the right side of history.” Once signed by the Governor the bill will take effect June 1.
The bill redefines marriage under Illinois law from an act between a man and a woman to an act between two people. The bill also allows those already in civil unions to convert the civil union into marriages within one year of the bill becoming law.
Many people going through a child custody battle want to know if their child gets to choose which parent to live with. Illinois law does not let children make this kind of decision. However, children’s wishes will be heard by the court and given a considerable amount of weight. Nevertheless, it is ultimately the judge’s responsibility to make sure the custody award is in the child’s best interest in light of all the statutory factors.
“How does the court find out what my child’s wishes are?” is usually the next question most people have. There are many ways a court can be made aware of a child’s preference of who to live with. Below are a few of these options:
There are many reasons couples stay together even when they would they would like to get divorced. Financial reasons are among the top reasons and one of the leading financial concerns is paying for health insurance after a divorce.
About 115,000 women lose their health insurance every year after getting divorced, according to a 2012 University of Michigan study. The same study found that 25% of those divorced women who lost their health insurance after the divorce still were uninsured six months after the divorce. Based on these statistics it is easy to see why some women are hesitant to get divorced even when they would like to get divorced.