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October 2017 Archives

Handling custody matters when parents aren't getting divorced

37384825_S.jpgIllinois parents may not need to be divorced in order to experience issues with child custody or visitation. In some cases, grandparents or other family members may try to get custody or visitation rights enforced. When parents are unmarried, the mother is generally awarded sole physical custody of the children. This may change only if the father takes action.

Protecting children's college savings in divorces

38970275_S.jpgWhen Illinois residents are going through divorces, they might wonder what they should do about the college savings that they have accumulated for their children. College savings should be clearly addressed in their property settlement agreements to prevent their ex-spouses from spending the money on themselves or on others in the future.

Raising awareness of domestic violence

14407409_S.jpgIn many parts of Illinois, domestic violence remains a problem. Alton police, for example, have responded to more than 500 reports of domestic violence in 2017 alone. In Madison County, it is estimated that about 1,400 emergency orders of protection were filed, coming out to an average of five each and every day. To combat incidents of domestic violence, the Alton Police Chief and his wife started the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.

Blended Retirement System may complicate military divorce

23829773_S.jpgMilitary personnel in Illinois are likely aware of the Blended Retirement System set to go into effect in January 2018. The system will impact not only military retirement, but many other aspects of military life as well. According to a military family law attorney, the BRS may cause frustration and more work in military divorce cases.

Deaths by domestic violence go up in Illinois in 2017

27923021_S.jpgAccording to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there were 61 deaths related to domestic violence in the state in 2017. That is an increase from 49 such deaths in 2016. While the exact reason why the number went up is unclear, it may be related to the fact that the group didn't have a budget for two years. Other domestic violence agencies in the state were also forced to cut services or close entirely.

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