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Family Law Archives

What types of adoption are available?

One of the greatest joys in life is welcoming a new child into your family. But, there are many situations where natural birth is not an option for a couple, or it is not preferred. For couples who wish to help an orphaned, abandoned or abused child without a family, for couples who are not able to have a child together and for gay couples, there are various options available for adoption.

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.

How does Illinois law address grandparents' rights?

Whether it is baking cookies with grandma or going fishing with grandpa, children in Waukegan often benefit from a grandparent's love. Grandparents pass on their wisdom to their grandchildren, and provide a sense of history and belonging. The grandparent-grandchild relationship is important to nurture. However, sometimes this relationship is disrupted, and a grandparent is being kept away from his or her grandchild. When this happens, grandparents in Waukegan may wonder if they have the right to go to court to pursue visitation rights.

Stepparent adoption and blended families

Families in Waukegan come in all shapes and sizes. As divorce and remarriage becomes more acceptable and common place in our society, many parents and children live in blended families. Sometimes the bond between a stepparent and stepchild is as strong as if the stepchild was born to the stepparent. Stepparents in these situations may wonder if it is possible for them to formally adopt their stepchild.

Fathers' rights group seeks equal parenting time in Illinois

A concern that many fathers have about Illinois family law centers around the frequency with which the mother is given primary custody of a child after the couple has parted ways. Even if there is a dispute between the parties, the mother is likely to receive the bulk of custody with the child. Some fathers are pushing back against this with an attempt to change the legislation and receive more time with their children. The group "Dads Can Too" wants to receive 50-50 custody

Legal assistance with family law and the rights of fathers

While it is often stated how important fathers are in Illinois, in cases involving children they are frequently viewed as secondary when family law relates to these matters. Fathers are supposed to have the same rights as the mothers and be allowed to have a significant role in the child's life. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. For fathers who are seeking to have a dispute settled, would like to modify an agreement, or have concerns about various issues that will come up with a child, having legal help is imperative.

Understanding a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity

When a child is born in Illinois, the law requires that there be a legal father. However, there are times when there might be a dispute as to whom the biological father is. In these cases, there is often what is known as a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. While this might seem to be a simple process, it must be understood that signing this document carries with it certain rights, responsibilities and outcomes.

Navigating family law issues in Illinois

When a couple in Illinois ends their marriage and all the key matters related to family law such as spousal support, child support, the division of property and more are settled, it is generally viewed as the final conclusion of the process. However, there are many times when it is required to return to the agreement and make changes as different circumstances arise. Modifying the decree is not a simple matter and it can take on many forms. For assistance with this, it is smart to get help from a qualified legal professional.

Family law issues affected by changes in Illinois

For Illinois couples who are in the middle of a divorce and are aware of prominent stories of a high asset divorce in the news, there might not be a kinship or even concern as to what those couples are enduring. However, these larger scale divorces actually shine light on divorces of more modest means and how the divorce laws in Illinois affect them. Changes to the divorce laws were meant to lower the risk of an ongoing dispute and help those who have lower-level incomes.

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