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Gay Marriage Approved in Illinois

Gay Marriage Approved in Illinois

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.

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Does My Child Get to Chose Who They Live With?

Does My Child Get to Chose Who They Live With?

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:

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Increase in Divorce – Possible Side Effect of Obamacare

Increase in Divorce – Possible Side Effect of Obamacare

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.

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Can I Get A Divorce If I Do Not Know Where My Spouse Is?

Can I Get A Divorce If I Do Not Know Where My Spouse Is?

Illinois law requires you to notify your spouse when you file for a divorce. Notifying your spouse can be hard to do when you have no clue where your spouse is. In cases where a spouse’s location is unknown, the other spouse is not stuck being married forever. The law provides for a default judgment after notice by publication.

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Divorce Advice from Celebrity Divorce Lawyer – Laura Wasser

Divorce Advice from Celebrity Divorce Lawyer – Laura Wasser

Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, and Ashton Kutcher are just a few of the well-known celebrities Laura Wasser has represented in divorce. In her new book, “It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family Or Bankrupting Yourself,” Wasser shares advise for those going through divorce. Below are her top ten things to keep in mind when getting a divorce:

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The Gray Divorce Revolution–More Divorces for the 50 and Older Population

The Gray Divorce Revolution–More Divorces for the 50 and Older Population

For the first time in American history, more Americans 50 and older are divorced than widowed. Fifty years ago, only 2.8% of Americans 50 and older were divorced. In 2011, 15.4% of Americans 50 and older were divorced and another 2.1% were separated. While on the other hand, only 13.5% of Americans 50 and older were widowed in 2011. The divorce rate for those 50 and older has doubled since 1990. Some sociologists are calling it the gray divorce revolution.

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How To Tell the Kids About the Divorce

How To Tell the Kids About the Divorce

Many parents worry about how getting a divorce will affect their children. Some parents even try to stay together in a broken marriage just to avoid putting their children through a divorce. The biggest question most parents have is what to tell the kids. Corporate trainer and public speaker, Rosalind Sedacca faced that exact question seventeen years ago when she was going through a divorce. At the time, Sedacca wrote a book for her 11-year-old son to prepare him for the ending of his parents’ marriage.

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Right of First Refusal – Big Win for Non-Custodial Parents

Right of First Refusal – Big Win for Non-Custodial Parents

Governor Quinn approved the Right of First Refusal bill on August 16. The Right of First Refusal bill will become effective law in Illinois on January 1, 2014. The law will require that when a custodial parent needs someone to watch the children, they must first ask the non-custodial parent to watch the children before asking someone else.

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The Rise of the Postnup

The Rise of the Postnup

With almost all 50 states now allowing postnups, they are increasingly being used. A postnup is similar to a prenup, but it is for already-married couples. Postnuptial agreements can cover everything a prenup can. For example, a postnup can allow couples to agree how to divide financial assets in divorce. According to a survey of divorce lawyers, 51% saw an increase in postnups from 2009 to 2012.

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