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Divorce, custody and immigrants: A tricky path to citizenship, p2

We are continuing our discussion of a woman's situation with her immigration status, her marital status and her wish to bring her son to the U.S. In our last post, we discussed the different ways she could first establish permanent residency and then become a citizen.

Divorce, custody and immigrants: A tricky path to citizenship

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.

Have Illinois courts seen the last of Dwyane Wade's divorce drama?

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.

What SCOTUS hath joined together, let Illinois not put assunder

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.

DOMA ruling: For better or for worse, marriage is a state matter

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.

Walking the talk? Divorce papers follow Hardiman's battery charge

There is a cruel irony to the situation anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman finds himself in. As the director of CeaseFire Illinois, Hardiman forged a unique partnership with the city of Chicago to help curb street violence in a couple of stricken neighborhoods. While police and CeaseFire differ on the reasons for the drop in violence, the fact is that the murder rates in those areas are down.

Mom wants to move kids closer to dad; why should he object?

One of the challenges for divorced parents is how to handle custody and visitation arrangements when one parent moves out of state. We are not talking about parents who kidnap their children or relocate out of spite. This is a situation that can come up even in the most amicable of divorces. A parent or a new spouse is transferred for work or has family obligations that require moving. 

Illinois House bill would rewrite marriage, divorce, custody laws 2

We are reviewing the provisions included in a family law bill that is making its way through the Illinois General Assembly right now. The bill, HB 1452, is the product of four years of research by the Family Law Study Committee. The group met with child advocates, family law practitioners, family law judges and the public to weed out the outdated portions of current law and to craft new language that more accurately reflects how the courts and families operate now.

Illinois House bill would revamp marriage, divorce, custody laws

Apparently Otto von Bismarck never actually said, "Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made." Whoever did say it first certainly had it right, though. Just ask the committee that has been studying Illinois' family laws for the past four years.

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