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  • Navigating Divorce in Illinois: A Comprehensive Guide

    Jun 7, 2024

    Divorce Understanding the Grounds for Divorce In Illinois, divorces can be granted on both fault and no-fault grounds. However, most divorces in the state are filed on no-fault grounds, which means that the spouses have irreconcilable differences that have led to the breakdown of the marriage. To file for a no-fault divorce, the couple must have been living separately for at least six months. Fault Grounds Although less common, Illinois law also allows for fault-based...
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  • Understanding Child Custody Laws in Illinois

    May 15, 2024

    Child custody Types of Child Custody in Illinois Illinois law recognizes two main types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Each type can be awarded solely to one parent or jointly to both parents. Legal Custody Legal custody refers to the right and responsibility to make significant decisions regarding the child's life, including education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. In Illinois, joint legal custody is often preferred, allowing both parents to share in decision-making. However,...
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  • Protecting Your Assets: Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in Illinois

    Apr 10, 2024

    Marriage is a significant commitment that involves many personal and financial considerations. For couples in Illinois, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements offer a way to protect individual assets and establish clear financial expectations. This guide provides an overview of these agreements, their benefits, and how to create one that meets legal requirements. What Are Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements? Prenuptial Agreements A Postnuptial Agreements A Benefits of Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements There are several benefits...
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  • The Role of Mediation in Illinois Family Law

    Mar 13, 2024

    Mediation Understanding Mediation What is Mediation? Mediation is a voluntary process where a neutral third party, known as a mediator, facilitates discussions between disputing parties to help them reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The mediator does not make decisions but guides the conversation and helps clarify issues. Types of Cases Suitable for Mediation Mediation can be used for various family law matters, including: Divorce Child custody and visitation Child support Spousal support Property division Benefits...
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  • Illinois Child Support Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

    Feb 7, 2024

    Understanding How Child Support is Calculated in Illinois Income Shares Model Illinois uses the Income Shares Model to calculate child support. This model considers the income of both parents and aims to allocate a proportionate share of the child’s financial needs. The calculation is based on the combined net income of both parents and the number of children requiring support. Determining Net Income Net income is calculated by subtracting specific deductions from gross income,...
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  • Domestic Violence and Family Law in Illinois

    Jan 10, 2024

    Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many families and has significant legal implications. In Illinois, various laws and protections are in place to help victims of domestic violence and ensure their safety. This guide explores the legal protections available, the process for obtaining an order of protection, and resources for victims seeking help. Legal Protections Against Domestic Violence Illinois Domestic Violence Act The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA) provides comprehensive protections for victims...
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