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January 2017 Archives

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.

Number of couples getting a divorce tends to rise in the New Year

People in Illinois who are in the midst of a troubled marriage and are considering divorce might feel isolated and not realize that there are many people who are experiencing the same issues. During January, in particular, there tends to be a rise in the number of people who decide to divorce. The filings increase by approximately one-third at the start of the year.

Protecting electronic information at the end of a marriage

When Illinois couples are at the end of a marriage, there are an array of divorce legal issues that they must take into consideration. One that is often overlooked is how electronic data will be handled and protected as the case moves forward. While many cases will not have scandalous material that is part of the divorce, there might be lower-level concerns about social media, emails, text messages and more. These can exacerbate a dispute and can be used as evidence in a particularly contentious divorce. Having an understanding of ways to mitigate this is important before and during the case.

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.

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