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April 2013 Archives

Animal advocacy laws could impact pet custody disputes

15119841_s.jpgIn divorce, pets are treated as property. This means many factors can be taken into making a decision regarding who should get custody of the family dog or cat. However, with other states starting to look at the possibility of animals having advocates in court to look out for their best interests, one has to wonder if Illinois will end up updating laws regarding how to decide who gets custody of a pet during a divorce.

Appeals court: Judge could have acted differently in custody case

15533510_s.jpgMany fathers in Illinois might be inclined to think that judges who rule in their family law cases might have a predisposition to rule in favor of mothers when it comes to child custody. A recent case from another state highlights how a judge's personal opinions might intrude into the adjudication of a case -- even if, ultimately, it does not affect the outcome.

Changes to divorce laws in Illinois is possible

15407899_s.jpgLater this week a judiciary hearing committee is scheduled to review some proposed changes to Illinois laws regarding divorce and child custody. These proposals would change the way decisions are made regarding family law issues throughout the state. In our last post we focused on the child custody proposals, now we will take a look at the possible changes to the divorce laws in Illinois.

Proposed changes to Illinois child custody laws

12736557_m.jpgIn general, laws need to be updated to reflect societal changes. This is especially true when it comes to family law where there have been many changes over the years, including mothers not automatically being favored when it comes to child custody agreements. However, for change to be effective, lawmakers need to take the time to gather information and propose changes that not only make sense, but are also in the best interests of everyone involved -- parents and children.

Divorce can become even more complicated with bigamy

7197053_s (1).jpgLegally, a man cannot be married to more than one woman at a time. In cases where it is discovered that a husband has two or more wives, the courts will become involved. When children are involved with any of these wives, the entire situation can become even more complicated.

Create a prenuptial agreement that is enforceable in Illinois

17858915_s.jpgMore and more couples are getting prenuptial agreements before walking down the aisle. The point behind these agreements -- commonly referred to in Illinois as prenups or premarital agreements -- is to address just how property would be divided in the event of a divorce. These are not to jinx a marriage, but are rather to protect the interests of both parties involved.

Lottery winner pays back $29,000 in child support

14644748_s.jpgWinning the lottery and walking away a multimillionaire would be anyone's dream come true. For those working long and grueling hours just to get by, suddenly having millions of dollars would understandably be utterly life-changing. For those owing money, it would give them the chance to pay those debts back.

To sell or not to sell? That is the marital home divorce question

11218023_s.jpgDivorce is one of the leading reasons behind the decision for a couple to put their Illinois home on the market. No longer wanting to live together, and wanting to be able to split the asset, some decide that instead of one moving out, both will move out.

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