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June 2017 Archives

Making sound divorce financial decisions

Money is often one factor that leads to divorce, and many in Waukegan going through a divorce find that these fights continue throughout the process. After all, even those striving for an amicable divorce may find that emotions get in the way of making sound financial decisions. Therefore, it is important that individuals protect their interests.

Same-sex couples still face biases in the adoption process

The rights of same-sex couples in Illinois have expanded with 2015's legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. While this and other rights may give same-sex couples a greater opportunity to adopt a child if they so choose, unfortunately social biases still exist that may prevent them from doing so, despite the fact that thousands of children nationwide are in need of parents.

Making sure parenting plans serve the best interests of the child

It is important for divorcing parents in Waukegan to understand that the divorce process can be difficult on a child, even if the divorce is an amicable one. Following a divorce, a child needs to have a good sense of security. A well thought out child custody and visitation plan can provide the child with the stability he or she needs going forward. Therefore, parenting plans should be both in the best interests of the child and of the parents.

What can a protective order in Illinois do?

Domestic violence is a serious issue in Waukegan. Young or old, married or in an unmarried relationship, those going through a divorce, with children or without, domestic violence has the capacity to affect many people in Illinois. Even if one isn't a victim of abuse, they may know of someone who is. It is important, then, to understand what remedies are available for victims of domestic violence.

Bill would suspend child support payments if payer is in jail

One issue that can complicate child support matters in Illinois is if the paying parent is incarcerated. After all, if the paying parent is in jail, they will not be able to work to afford to pay child support. Moreover, once released from prison, they are left with a large child support bill that strips them bare financially. Some may even turn to committing further crimes in order to pay child support, which then may land them back in jail. It's a vicious loop.

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