The idea of moving to a new country and starting a new life is pretty daunting, but men and women are doing it. According to the Illinois Office of New Americans Policy and Advocacy, the number of immigrants statewide who became naturalized citizens jumped 23 percent from 2000 to 2005. In suburbs like Lake County, the numbers have been even higher, with a 38 percent increase in the last five years.
With all the excitement about the royal baby, it is possible that Lake County basketball fans missed the most recent developments in the divorce, custody and property division battle between Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade. According to Wade's attorney, the couple has reached a settlement. According to Funches-Wade, the NBA All-star has left her homeless and destitute.
A divorce settlement is a contract between two spouses and is legally enforceable. A very large portion of the divorce settlement is how certain marital assets and liabilities are to be divided during the divorce or handled after.
When two people get married, the last thing on their minds is likely the possibility of getting divorced. They are ready to spend the rest of their lives together and share everything, but the reality that many Illinois folks have likely discovered is that this is not always the case.
If the Illinois Legislature won't do it, then maybe the courts will. Attorneys representing 25 same-sex couples filed a motion in Cook County Circuit Court on July 10, 2013, that they hope will put an end to the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Along with the motion, the parties filed affidavits from each of the couples bringing the suit, testimony from public and private figures in support of the motion and a friend-of-the-court brief from scores of religious leaders and faith communities from around the state.
Siohvaughn Funches-Wade is taking her ex-husband, Illinois native and nine-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, to court again. The couple has struggled very publicly with child custody issues since they divorced in 2010. This complaint, however, involves the division of property and names his agent, his lead divorce attorney and four companies he has endorsement or marketing arrangements with as Wade's co-defendants.
Divorce is a major legal and life decision that shouldn't be taken lightly, but it may become a necessary move. For Illinois couples trying to determine their next steps, a trial separation may be a first step. After a period of time apart, couples can reassess and determine if they should move forward with a divorce.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced this week that it has amended the mediation rules in child custody and visitation cases. The amendments will not be effective until Sept. 1, 2013, so counties and judicial circuits have about 60 days to update their internal processes.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week settled one question but left another wide open. Yes, the court said, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 in unconstitutional. Its definition of marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" violates the constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection.