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January 2015 Archives

Settling a divorce through mediation

An Illinois resident who wishes to end his or her marriage must file a lawsuit to do so. However, it may be possible to negotiate the terms of a divorce settlement through mediation. Mediation may make it possible to avoid hard feelings after a divorce. It may also make it possible to come to an agreement faster and without a lot of trauma for either side.

How can paternity be established in Illinois?

Some parents in Illinois might benefit from learning more about how paternity is established in the state. Paternity may be described as the legal relationship between a child and the father. When a child is born out of wedlock, the father has limited legal rights until paternity has been established. If the mother was married when the child was conceived or born, her husband, or ex-husband, is recognized as the father.

Custody of pets as part of a divorce

Illinois couples who are divorcing and who have dogs or cats may wish to include those pets in their divorce settlements. Increasingly, couples are arranging for visitation and negotiating custody of their shared pets. Traditionally, animals are considered property just like household furniture, but there is a shift in some courts toward determining what happens to them in response to owners' emotional attachments.

Legal separations allow couples to remain married though apart

There are times when married couples in Illinois have problems but decide against getting a divorce. They may want to delay this final option for a later date. They may just want to live apart to get away from one another. For whatever reason, some people choose to remain married, though living apart. This arrangement can be an informal one. The couple can merely split, going their separate ways. However, doing so can lead to problems further down the line. For this reason, others go through a legal separation.

Program aims to reduce conflict between divorced parents

One Illinois county has started a new program that is intended to make the exchange of a child between parents less stressful for everyone involved. DeKalb County has joined two other counties with similar programs. The county will offer the Neutral Exchange Program on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

Financial steps to take before divorce

When Illinois couples prepare to get divorced, it is important for each spouse to protect their own finances. Since married couples typically intermingle their money and assets, getting divorced involves a division of everything the couple owns, including debts. One of the first steps a person can take is to close joint accounts. Closing joint accounts and opening separate credit card and bank accounts can prevent questions about whether joint debts were created before or after the couple's separation. It can also give each party the opportunity to establish credit in their own name.

Divorce mediation as an alternative to litigation in Illinois

If your marriage is ending, you are likely to want to get your divorce completed soon and with as little disagreement as possible. Your divorce likely involves many aspects that will need to be decided, including how to divide your property, with whom your children will live and what your children's parenting time will be, whether you and your spouse will share decision-making responsibility for your child and whether you or your spouse will want to be awarded alimony.

The advantages and disadvantages of a custody case

Although it may not seem obvious at first, there are both advantages and disadvantages to opening an Illinois custody case. As individual situations differ, there is no correct answer on how parents should proceed.

Failure to support a spouse or child in Illinois

Those who willfully fail to provide support for their spouse or child may be guilty of failure to support. The law defines failure to support as leaving the state to evade a support order. An individual may also be guilty of failure to support if support payments have not been made in the last six months and the amount of past due support is $5,000 or more.

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