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December 2016 Archives

Hair stylists to complete domestic violence training

21258763_S.jpgDomestic violence intervention has been delegated to an unconventional professional group in Illinois. Cosmetologists and other workers within the beauty or barber shop business sector have been delegated to help save lives. Hair stylists generally offer more than hair treatments and styles to uplift their clients' spirit. Most lend a listening ear to the woes that some of their clients face while involved in a violent relationship. Although this type of sympathetic listening provides some relief to a client, salon workers will now be required to complete one hour of domestic violence training starting in 2017.

New child support regulations for prisoners

57095872_S.jpgThe obligation to pay child support does not stop once an individual becomes incarcerated. A survey conducted in 2010 reported that 51,000 federal prisoners had child support requirements, and 29,000 of those prisoners were delinquent on those payments. Incarcerated individuals in Illinois and the rest of the country may benefit from recent regulations issued by the Obama administration to curtail state policies that can result in substantial child support debts for prisoners.

Petition for more child support filed against Sherri Shepherd

37197042_S.jpgFans of Daytime Emmy Award winner and television personality Sherri Shepherd may be interested in knowing that she may soon be heading back to family court. According to reports, the Illinois native's former husband and father of the ex-couple's young son, Lamar Sally, is seeking an increase in child support as well as an additional $75,000 in order to cover his associated legal fees.

Parenting during the holidays

46795724_S.jpgDivorced parents in Illinois understand the importance of the holidays for children. It is a time of year in which families come together, something that can be difficult for children of divorce. In most cases, divorced parents want to do the right thing and create a happy holiday for the kids. This will generally mean negotiating parenting time and ensuring that children have ample access to each side of their family.

Dividing marital property

60259145_S.jpgIf you are preparing to divorce in Illinois or Missouri, you will likely need to contend with how to divide your assets. Courts divide marital assets equitably, which means in a manner that judges consider to be fair. This may mean that the assets in your marriage will not be divided equally between you and your spouse.

Compelling parents to pay past due child support

42298072_S.jpgIf an individual in Illinois or any other state is behind on their child support, they may face penalties under the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984. The legislation gives districts attorneys and state attorneys generals power to pursue payment on behalf of those who are owed back support. If payments are not made, noncustodial parents could be subject to jail time.

More children are born to unmarried parents

A large number of children in Illinois live in homes headed by single parents. The trend for children to be born to unmarried parents has increased over time, and today, around 40 percent of all babies that are born are born to unmarried people. In 2000, around one-third of all children who were born had parents who were unmarried.

Common provisions of protection orders

50159584_S.jpgIn relationships plagued by domestic violence, a protective order provides a legal means for an Illinois resident to keep an abuser away. The terms of a protective order vary according to the severity of each case. Courts generally set these orders to last for one to five years although a lifetime term could be imposed upon people who pose extreme threats.

Parental alienation after a divorce

10892151_S.jpgWhen Illinois parents of young children are facing the end of their marriage, one of the more contentious issues is often custody and visitation. Even before the judge has issued an order, there are times where children develop an animosity to one of their parents. This can be for a variety of reasons, but it sometimes is the result of actions or words on the part of the other parent. This is often referred to as "parental alienation", and many psychologists consider it a form of child abuse.

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