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Late-in-life Marriages Raise Issues for Kids

Imagine a lovely suburban Chicago home, a divorced man sitting at the kitchen table with his three children. "Kids, I have some news," he says. "You know that Betty and I have been seeing quite a lot of each other, and, well, we're getting married." The oldest sits back, registering mild shock. The middle child snaps, "She's not moving in here. This is our house." The youngest asks if their mother knows yet, following up with a question about how Betty's kids feel about it.

Keeping the Spirit of Halloween All Year Long

When parents split up, it can be scary for kids. There are so many things a couple contemplating divorce or legal separation can do to make the transition easier for their kids. Halloween, the scariest time of year, is a great time to remember the basics: It's okay for kids to be spooked by ghosts and goblins this time of year, but they shouldn't be spooked about how their parents will act when it comes time to trick or treat.

'No-fault' Divorce Now Available in All 50 States

New York joined the other 49 states this week when the "no-fault" divorce law went into effect. Illinois has allowed no-fault divorce provision since the early 1980s.

Experts Ask, 'Can This Cohabitation Be Saved?'

It seems more unmarried couples chose to live together during the recession -- a 13 percent increase from 2009 to 2010, according to the results of ASES, the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. At the same time, the number of marriages continues to decline, as did the divorce rate. Ifyou are part of an unmarried couple in Illinois, take note: Your cohabitation won't last if it was based on financial need.

Fla. Gay Adoption Decision Sparks More Debate

In our last post, we wrote about this week's Florida Court of Appeal decision that affirmed the unconstitutionality of the state's ban on adoption by homosexuals. Even as far away as Illinois, communities are feeling the repercussions of the case, because, at the heart of it, the decision is about parenting.

Fla. Court Affirms Gay Adoption Ban Is Unconstitutional

Florida joined Illinois and the rest of the United States yesterday when the Third District Court affirmed a lower court decision regarding adoption by homosexuals. The court held 3 to 0 that the law banning homosexuals from adopting is unconstitutional. The case is interesting not only because it touches on social norms and hot-button issues, but also because it is a great example of a constitutional argument.

Study Shows American Attitudes About Family Changing

Researchers at Indiana University released the results of a survey this week that shows a definite shift in Americans' definition of family. Data gathered in 2003, 2006 and 2010 from more than 2,300 interviews revealed that, over the past seven years, Americans have increasingly recognized both straight and gay unmarried couples as families -- a trend that is noteworthy to family law attorneys in Illinois and around the country.

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