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February 2014 Archives

Do pushes for equal custody result in more single fathers?

14826760_S.jpgIf it seems to Illinois residents that there are more families headed by single fathers than in years past, they're right. A study that came out last year found that back in 1960, less than 300,000 households in the country that had minor children were headed by an unmarried dad. By 2011, however, that number had jumped to 2.6 million. That represents an increase from 1 percent of such households 54 years ago to about 8 percent now.

This is the time of year when divorce filings jump in US

17623457_S.jpgWhen is the best time to file for divorce? For many Illinois residents, the answer is "never." Deciding to pursue a marital split is, obviously, one of the biggest decisions people will ever make. As a result, many folks choose to put it off for as long as possible. However, this might just be delaying the inevitable; complex issues such as property division and child custody will ultimately just be decided later rather than sooner if people wait to file for divorce.

Illinois native Kelly could face jail time over child support

18665874_S.jpgMany Illinois fathers are obligated to pay child support to their former partners, often based on divorce settlements. While the amounts they agree to pay are fixed, they are not set in stone. People who lose their jobs or run into other kinds of financial difficulty might be able, with the assistance of a family law attorney, to have their child support requirements adjusted.

Domestic violence could keep people from conceal-carry permits

19508353_S.jpgWe have mentioned on our Illinois divorce blog that allegations of domestic violence can have far-reaching effects on those who have been accused. Due to the nature of the process, law enforcement officials often don't wait to see if the charges stick or have any merit; instead, they will intervene first, sometimes willing to impinge upon the freedom -- at least temporarily -- of a person accused of domestic violence, most often a husband or boyfriend. Conventional wisdom holds that the legal issues that might arise for a person in this situation are less crucial, at least on an immediate basis, than the consequences should law enforcement fail to act.

Older kids more impacted by divorce than younger children

6865191_S.jpgIt goes without saying that any child whose parents divorce will feel the impact of that decision sooner or later. What parents might want to consider when they are considering a divorce is the timing of that impact. Immediate child custody issues aside, it might take years for a divorce to really settle in for a young person.

Improving economy may lead to more divorces

16467947_S.jpgDoes the economy play a role in the divorce rate in the United States? Statistics seem to suggest so. A new study claims the divorce rate declined during the recession because couples couldn't afford to get divorced. Now that the economy is improving, the divorce rate has increased. 

Illinois bill aims to affect those accused of domestic violence

10287704_S.jpgDomestic violence continues to be a big problem in our society. Despite campaigns to draw awareness to the issue, Illinois residents are still often victims -- or perpetrators -- of violence at the hands of family members. The legal issues surrounding domestic abuse can be complicated and serious, owing mostly to the fact that authorities generally err on the side of caution when it comes to these kinds of cases.

Sperm donor ordered to pay child support

20355139_S.jpgThe concept of child support is one commonly discussed where divorce is concerned. The term may also arise in cases where couples who were never married, split, leaving one parent to handle the day to day matters and expenses concerning the children. Until recently, few St. Clair County residents likely heard it in the context of a sperm donor. A man who lives in another state was recently ordered to pay child support to the lesbian couple he donated sperm to so that they could conceive a child. A now 4-year-old girl was conceived through the use of his donation.

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