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Men are victims of domestic abuse too

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, January 12, 2018. Illinois men and women can be victims of domestic violence, which is a form of abuse that occurs between spouses or others who are related to each other. Men have the same rights under the law as women do if they are victims of such actions. In addition to hitting or other acts of physical violence, domestic abuse can be inflicted verbally, sexually or psychologically. While extreme events such as violence with foreign objects or murder may get attention from the media, any abuse

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New laws are changing child custody determinations

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Child custody laws have changed in Illinois and many other states in recent years. It was once common for one parent, often the mother, to be awarded primary custody and for the other parent to be awarded visitation on alternating weekends and holidays. Many states have enacted new laws that favor joint custody. The sweeping changes have been enacted in response to lobbying by father’s rights organizations that promote gender equality and equal parenting time. Courts have previously recognized the “tender years doctrine” that

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Ex-wife of Mel Gibson being sued by accounting firm

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Illinois celebrity watchers might be interested in the latest legal battle for Mel Gibson’s former partner, Oksana Grigorieva. The 47-year-old singer and mother of two is being sued by a forensic accounting firm that alleges that it helped her secure a child support increase from Gibson for their daughter, Lucia. Grigorieva filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and later hired the firm White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna and Hunt to investigate Gibson’s finances for her case to get an increase in child support payments from the

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Why supervised visitation may be necessary

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, January 5, 2018. If there are serious questions about an Illinois parent’s ability to look after their child, a judge may order supervised visitation. This generally means that the person can only spend time with their kids in a controlled setting under the watchful eye of a social worker or another family member. These visits may take place either in a public setting or at the home of another family member. Supervised visitation may be beneficial for both the parent and child. For the child, it provides

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Who gets the pet in a divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Illinois couples who own a pet and are facing divorce might find themselves seeking custody of the pet. In the past, disputes over pets were becoming more common in divorces that ended up in court; however, more recently, pet owners are negotiating who gets custody of the pet outside of court. Traditionally, pets were treated as property to be divided during negotiations. However, Illinois has a law that allows judges to decide who gets custody of a pet during a divorce. To make this

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Domestic violence calls decrease over the holidays

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, December 29, 2017. Illinois residents may be interested to learn that statistics suggest that those experiencing domestic violence are less likely to make reports. Law enforcement officials and local experts suggest that this may be due to potentially maintaining the appearance of family happiness. It should be noted, however, that this does not necessarily equal a decrease in the rate of domestic violence. In 2016, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence reported that the hotline received an average of 829 calls every day. However, the number

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How to sell the family home in a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, December 28, 2017. For many Illinois couples who are going through a divorce, the possibility of selling the family home is very real. In fact, smartagents.com, a real state website, estimates that 61 percent of divorces result in the sale of the family home. This can be an emotionally fraught period, and if both spouses are not in agreement about how to handle this, the sale of the home can be undermined. The goal of getting the highest profit for the home, however, should help both spouses

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Undocumented parents could lose custody of their children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Saturday, December 23, 2017. In Illinois and throughout the U.S., undocumented families are always at risk of being separated. With the Trump administration ramping up immigration enforcement actions, the millions of children in the U.S. with undocumented parents are at an increased risk. Children who are separated from undocumented parents may end up in foster care while their parents try to regain custody after being forced to leave the country. One such case occurred in 2005 after a Guatemalan woman was found to be living illegally in Nebraska.

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‘Fuller House’ star must pay child support to ex-husband

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, December 22, 2017. Jodie Sweetin, one of the actors in “Fuller House,” does not appear to have the fun family life that television viewers in Illinois have seen depicted on her television show. A judge has ruled that she must pay $2,800 every month to her ex-husband to support their child. Their daughter is currently 7 years old, and the court order requires payments to continue until the girl reaches age 18, becomes emancipated, marries or dies. The payment schedule calls for her ex-husband to receive $1,400

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Reaching resolutions in child custody disputes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. It is common for custody disputes to arise when parents are divorcing in Illinois. In some cases, the parents may have trouble reaching agreements about how they will handle decision making and parenting time. There are several ways that parents may reach agreements so that they can resolve these types of issues so that everyone’s interests are protected. Many parents are able to reach agreements simply by talking to each other. This might be accomplished by determining the manner in which the couple communicates

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Narcissistic exes and parenting time issues

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, December 18, 2017. Being married to a narcissist could be challenging. However, being divorced from one might be even worse, especially if children are involved. A narcissist is self-centered and may do anything for attention. If a narcissistic parent’s children start to show more love for their other parent, they might try gaslighting to manipulate the children and others. There are some things an Illinois parent could do to lessen the effects of gaslighting on their children. Family courts today tend to lean toward shared parenting after

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The marital home after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Monday, December 11, 2017. Getting divorced in Illinois involves many decisions regarding finances. In addition to dividing assets and assuming responsibility for debts, homeowners have additional considerations. In many marriages, a house represents one of the largest assets the couple owns. Taking time to understand the options available can protect a divorcing spouse’s long-term financial health. In many cases, a divorcing couple will opt to sell the marital home as part of the divorce agreement. The proceeds from the sale of the home could then be equitably divided.

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Uncovering gig work as a source of child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The advent of the gig economy has provided new opportunities for many people in Illinois. As more and more people are turning to gig work, new problems have arisen for the collection of child support. Some parents who are ordered to pay child support have turned to gig work to try to evade their child support obligations. Up to 70 percent of child support orders are enforced by withholding orders. These orders direct employers to deduct the amounts that their employees owe for child

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