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January 2014 Archives

Kids are owed age-appropriate explanations of divorce

12596490_S.jpgIn today's day and age, it is next to impossible to shield a child from divorce. Whether children see divorce depicted on television, have friends at school who are divorced, or have extended family members who have gone through it, kids don't live in a bubble. They will be curious about the idea of divorce, and often fearful that it will happen to their family too.

Some military marriages are able to stand the test of time

10899658_S.jpgMany stories we post to our Illinois family law blog are about military marriages -- how they frequently in divorce, and what the implications for fathers are. However, military divorce is not an inevitable outcome for couples who have one member in the armed services.

Controversial Study: Could religious conservatism actually lead to more divorces?

21856734_S.jpgThe prevailing sentiment among many Americans regarding divorce is that folks who have strongly held religious beliefs are less likely to end their marriages. After all, people who have relatively conservative beliefs are often thought to have something of a buffer against divorce. However, research that has been published recently shows this not to be the case.

Concept of shared parenting gaining more traction

21282486_S (1).jpgOn our Illinois divorce law blog, we often keep you updated on developments from other states regarding the evolution of divorce laws and how they apply to parents, especially fathers. The latest state to take on the issue of fair child support and child custody arrangements is wisely looking to other states with existing laws to determine how to best proceed.

Family shocked to learn lab employee is really woman's father

17833518_S.jpgOn our fathers' rights blog, we have often written about cases where a father has to undergo tests and go to court in order to establish paternity of a child. The results can have wide-reaching impacts on child custody and family relationships. While it is not terribly uncommon for a man to establish that he is the father of the child some time after the child's birth, it is almost unfathomable that a family could find out after two decades that their daughter had been fathered by a lab employee who had been entrusted to help parents conceive a child.

Military personnel often face unique marital challenges

11396030_S.jpgIn a post we placed on our divorce law blog last month, we reported that the military divorce rate went down in 2013. This is promising news for people in the military who are concerned that being deployed could lead to an adverse situation in their marriages.

State's bill would limit dads' monthly child support payments

23735147_S.jpgMost divorced fathers in Illinois loyally and regularly pay their child support obligations every month. After all, it's in everyone's best interests -- particularly those of the children who are aided by the payments -- to continue to pay. While some fathers feel as if they might be on the hook for more than what is necessary for their particular situation, they often feel as if they don't have much of an opportunity to change that.

Postnuptial agreements can go a long way toward protecting dads

22868867_S.jpgIf people in Illinois find that their marriage is irrevocably broken, they may choose to file for divorce. There are, of course, several areas to take into consideration when a couple splits up; a crucial one is child custody. Beyond that, however, there is the question of property division. The idea can be a complicated one -- particularly when one parent is the breadwinner and the other a stay-at-home mom or dad.

Dad files racketeering suit over alleged wrongful adoption

7275482_S.jpgWe have spent a lot of time on our blog writing about fathers who have gone to extreme lengths to make sure they are involved in the lives of their children -- often through legal means. One way that many of our readers might not have considered involves a section of the law that is usually levied against organized crime, rather than child custody issues.

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