A previous post here discussed how a resident of the greater Chicago area or those who live in other parts of Illinois can appeal a family law decision if they do not like the result and feel that the judge has made a legal error in reaching it.
Family law matters are some of the most important legal issues that residents in Lake County or other parts of the Chicago area will face in their lives. After all, family law issues like custody and visitation can affect a parent's relationship with his or her child, a relationship which most if not all Illinois residents consider more important than any amount of money. Also, even financial matters like child support can have a profound impact on a family.
Throughout most of the history of the United States, rights of a grandparent to visit with a grandchild did not exist. Over the last few decades, however, progress has been made, although it still varies by state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.