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Blog Posts in December, 2017

  • 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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