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  • How to Protect Your Personal Property During Divorce

    Illinois recognizes two different types of property during divorce: common law property and personal property. Like most states, Illinois determines that any assets acquired by one spouse during a marriage are the property of that particular spouse. For example, if one spouse purchases a car and places it solely in their name, then Illinois law states that the car belongs to them. However, were ...
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  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Life is not stagnant and situations constantly change, but for divorced couples who share children, drastic changes can present some big issues that can be difficult to overcome, especially if these changes involve a big move. If you are considering relocating with your child after a divorce, it is crucial to carefully examine this decision without hastily beginning the process. Here are some ...
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  • Three Reasons It's Important to Establish Paternity

    When a child is born to a single mother, only the mother is listed legally as a parent. That is, until the mother and father can legally establish paternity for its father. Legal paternity can have several benefits for all parties involved, including for the child themselves. Here are three extremely important and beneficial reasons why mothers, fathers, and children can benefit from establishing ...
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  • Adopting Your New Spouse's Children: What You Need to Know

    When you marry to a spouse who has children, you may wish to obtain legal status as a parent for their children as well through the adoption process. Adopting stepchildren isn’t as long and detailed a process as a traditional adoption (you won’t have to go through home visits and a long waiting period), but you will have to go through the unique obstacle of obtaining the right to adopt ...
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  • Can My Divorce Decree Be Changed?

    Life is fluid and constantly changing, which the courts understand. That is why it is possible for individuals to request a modification to their divorce decree. A divorce decree specifies rights and obligations regarding spousal support, the division of property, and child custody and support, among other issues. Either party can petition to amend a divorce decree to modify any number of the ...
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  • How is the Military Divorce Process Different?

    Well over a million people serve in the United States Armed Forces, so it should come as no surprise that many of them choose to also have families while serving, which means they could be subject to family law matters including divorce. The divorce process for military personnel is in many ways the same as those in the private sector, but there are also additional rules that need to be followed ...
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  • Child Visitation FAQ

    Divorce can make life seem pretty uncertain, especially when it comes to visitation and custody of your children. You likely have a lot of questions, so to shed some clarity on the situation, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding child visitation. Here are some answers to commonly asked child visitation questions: What does the term “reasonable visitation” ...
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  • How to Protect Yourself Financially During Divorce

    The decision to move forward with a divorce is an emotional one, but it is important to keep a clear head and to take the necessary steps to protect yourself financially during the process. In fact, many of the steps you can take to safeguard your financial health can be done early on in the divorce process, allowing you to rest easier at night. Here are some tips to protect your finances if you ...
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  • Determining Separate & Community Property During Divorce

    Divorce is not only a hugely emotional experience, but also a very technical one as you begin to unlink your shared lives. If you and your spouse had a particularly long marriage, determining what property is separate and what is shared might be a difficult task, which is why it is crucial to have a skilled divorce attorney assist you throughout this process. Of course, it would also be a good ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney to Adopt?

    Welcoming a child into your family is a wonderful experience for a couple to share. However, the legal process of it is often time-consuming and rather complicated. To ensure your adoption goes smoothly and successfully, you should hire an attorney to avoid making any errors that might prolong the process or compromise your chances of expanding your family. In Illinois, state law dictates the ...
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  • How to Help Your Kids Cope with Divorce

    Divorce is difficult, but no matter how hard you think it is, it will most certainly be more difficult for your children to cope with since they cannot fully understand why it is happening. The only thing they can see is that their parents will no longer be together. To minimize the impact of this emotionally overwhelming experience, you and your spouse will have to take some steps to help relieve ...
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  • Can I Get a Divorce if My Spouse is Missing?

    Can I Get a Divorce if My Spouse is Missing? You want to get a divorce, but cannot locate your spouse, so what are you supposed to do? In the state of Illinois, you can obtain a divorce through a process known as Service by Publication. However, a judge must be convinced, based on a sworn declaration, that you made a reasonable effort to locate or contact your spouse. Here is what you need to know ...
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  • Busiest Time of the Year for Divorce

    Busiest Time of the Year for Divorce Couples file for divorce every day, but there are particular times during the year that experience an especially higher volume of divorce filings than most other times. According to a study done by the University of Washington, divorce filings between the years 2001 and 2015 revealed that divorce peaked every year in March and August. Why were these months so ...
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  • Dating During a Divorce - Is It a Good Idea

    For many, divorce is not an easy experience to endure and can often make them feel lonely while life is in limbo. It might seem like the right time to start anew and get back into the dating scene to combat these feelings, but it can actually end up doing you more harm than good in many ways. Technically, your marriage is not over yet and dating before the ink is dry on your divorce decree can ...
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  • How to Create a Parenting Agreement After a Divorce

    If you and your spouse share children and are divorcing, child custody is likely to be the most difficult task you will face. However, regardless of how angry you might be with your spouse, do not let your feelings get in the way of making the decision that is best for your children. Set your emotions aside and put them first as you work out your parenting agreement. Creating a Parenting Agreement ...
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