Last week, we discussed Illinois' Parentage Act of 2015, and how it will introduce different terminology into the state's family law statutes. The words we use can make a big difference. For example, as we mentioned back on Dec. 24, state law will now use the gender-neutral term "parent" instead of "mother" and "father" in child custody and child support matters.
When couples decide to end their marriage, there are a lot of issues to discuss. Sometimes those discussions can get pretty heated and the end result is a drawn out battle, higher legal fees and in the end, the judge makes the final decision. If that happens, many couples feel like they both were cheated out of what they wanted. Issues like these have the most negative impact when children are involved. However, what if there was an option where you and your ex could sit down and discuss your issues and come to an agreement on your own? Sounds pretty good, right?
Thanksgiving is this Thursday, which means the holiday season is officially upon us. If you have recently gone through divorce in the past year, you may not be looking forward to the holidays as much as prior years. In fact, you may be dreading the season, especially if you won't be able to spend as much time with your children as you would like.
For those who pay attention to tabloids and celebrity news, this will be common knowledge: actress Megan Fox and her soon-to-be-former husband Brian Austin Green have filed for divorce after five years of marriage. The couple has two sons together, and apparently they are going for joint custody, though that hasn't been confirmed. However, Green has asked that Fox pay him spousal support.
When married parents get divorced, any custody decisions made by the court are likely to affect more than just the children and their two parents. In many cases, grandparents also experience the consequences of a child custody agreement - sometimes for better but often for worse. An acrimonious divorce can even lead to severed ties between grandparents and the grandchildren they love.
Whether an individual is going through a divorce or break up, everything changes when a child is involved. A child forever bonds two individuals together, even when both would rather part ways forever and have absolutely nothing to do with one another. For a parent, the end of a marriage or relationship with a child's mother or father means that an agreement with regard to child custody and visitation must be made.
Now more than ever, going to college is a financial investment that spans a lifetime. Students who take out loans to finance a college education may be paying those loans back for decades afterward. And for students whose parents can afford to foot the bill for a college education, saving may have started at birth.