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.Read More
As if divorce isn’t complicated already, modern divorcees now have the added component of “social media” to deal with when battling their spouse in court. Social media presents a problem for those who are going through a divorce for many reasons, as your social profile provides an insight into your life that the court might not otherwise have had.Read More
When a husband and wife split it is taxing on both parties and even children.
Fathers should always know their rights when it comes to child custody in a divorce. It can get easy to get caught up in the stress of splitting up assets and deciding what to do with the house and other aspects of a divorce.Read More
Infidelity is a common cause for divorce in the country. Illinois is one of only a few states that allows a party to claim adultery as a grounds for a divorce.
However, in divorce proceedings an affair will rarely extend beyond calling for the end of a marriage, and when it comes to deciding child custody, maintenance and other factors, infidelity carries little weight in the courtroom.Read More
Many people are under the impression that to get divorced one must get their spouse’s permission or consent. Under Illinois law this is not the case, but in some religions it is. One example is the Orthodox Jews. Orthodox Jews require that a wife receive the husband’s permission to get a divorce.
Recently, one New York Rabbi has taken action to help women obtain the permission of their husbands. Charging wives any where from $10,000 to $50,000 for his services, Rabbi Epstein would work with his kidnap team to do whatever it took to get the permission from the husband.Read More
Recent Illinois legislation, becoming effective January 1, 2014, will make Illinois’s law one of the most thorough laws in protecting the victims of rape. The issue of what parental rights rapists’ maintain became a national topic after Ariel Castro repeatedly requested visitation rights with the daughter he conceived with one of the three women he kidnapped and held captive for more than a decade.
In many states, there are few protections for women who conceive through rape. In some states, rapist fathers can prevent rape victims from placing the rape-conceived child up for adoption. In other states, the rapist is permitted to request visitation and custody rights. The lack of protection for victims in these states forces women to continually relive their attack by rapists who assert their parental rights.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More