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A Divorce Can Happen To Anyone – Do Not Be Ashamed

Posted on by Todd Walters

What do celebrity couples like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; Madonna and Sean Penn; and Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley have in common? They were all once happily married till divorce came along. But divorce is not a Hollywood phenomenon. US Census estimates fifty percent of all couples end up in divorce. This is […]


Child Custody Considerations

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As a couple experiences the process of divorce, a lot of anxiety can be burdened on their children. No matter what is said or done throughout the divorce proceedings, one thing is absolutely clear: the children require the highest level of support and care available to them. A separation is a big deal to a […]


VISITATION WITH UNRELATED CHILDREN 750 ILCS 5/607

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In Illinois, visitation rights with children of married and unmarried parents is governed by 750 ILCS 5/607, and it is established using a “best interests” standard.  A party seeking to restrict visitation must prove to the court that regular visitation would create a “serious endangerment” to the child. In a recent divorce case I represented […]


ESTABLISHING CHILD SUPPORT – 750 ILCS 5/505

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In Illinois the law under which child support is established is 750 ILCS 5/505.  It applies to children of married parents (pursuant to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act) as well as to children of parents who never married (ie:  parentage cases pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984).  In both circumstances […]


WHAT IS AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE?

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If you aren’t sure what people mean when they talk about an uncontested divorce, just know that it means the divorcees are able to come to a mutual agreement on the main aspects of the separation without going to court. This is an attractive option to many divorcees because of two main reasons. Firstly, both […]


Are lump sum child support buy-outs allowed in Illinois paternity cases?

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LUMP SUM CHILD SUPPORT BUY-OUTS IN ILLINOIS PATERNITY CASES ILLINOIS PARENTAGE ACT OF 1984 (as amended) Back in the late 1990’s the unmarried parents of a child reached an agreement for the father to pay the mother a lump sum of $50,000 for current and future child support including medical expenses, college expenses, extracurricular activity […]


What You Need to Know About Child Custody in Divorce Cases

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Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences of your life, and of the lives of your children. Here are some facts to help you find your way through the maze and get the best outcome for your children at this difficult time. What is Child Custody? Child custody is a legal term describing the […]


Do I Need a Lawyer For An Uncontested Divorce?

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Breaking up with your spouse is a stressful and emotional time, and it’s natural to think that hiring a lawyer will complicate things even further. If both you and your spouse agree it’s the right thing to do, here are some tips to help you get ready for your divorce. What Is An Uncontested Divorce? […]


Things to Keep in Mind when Determining Who Should Have Child Custody

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Divorce law usually varies from state to state in the USA. The laws existing in individual states govern divorce cases. Dissolution of marriage is actually a legal process in which a marriage is legally terminated. Divorce is not an issue in isolation and the divorce law requires resolution of several issues including distribution of property […]


Things you Should Be Aware Of When Filing For Divorce

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Filing for divorce may seem like a difficult thing to do but once you understand what it involves, it is fairly easy to manage. Furthermore, you will always have the guidance of your family law attorney to ensure you do the right thing. Divorce is not a very complicated process, but for it to proceed […]