If you are an Illinois father who was not married to or in a civil union with your child’s mother at the time of birth, you will be distressed to know that you are not your child’s legal father. The only way to remedy this situation is to establish paternity.
If you are an Illinois resident who loves your dog or cat almost as much as you love your children, you will be glad to know that should your marriage ultimately end in divorce, which of you gets custody of your pet(s) can, in fact, be made just as much of an issue as who gets custody of your kids if you and your spouse fail to agree on these issues. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, a new law went into effect in Illinois on January 1 that allows a family law judge to take the well-being of your pets into consideration just like he or she will take the best interests of your children into consideration.
Sometimes a divorce between Illinois residents can be a very acrimonious affair. In some cases, you may suspect a spouse is harming or perhaps even destroying assets that you jointly own in your marriage. According to the Huffington Post, some spouses engage in a particular form of asset destruction known as dissipation.
One of the major questions divorcing couples in Illinois face is how a judge will divide up the assets owned by the two spouses. Without a prenuptial agreement in place, a judge will have to determine how to distribute the assets in a legal proceeding. Illinois, like a vast majority of the United States, follows a set of rules known as equitable distribution to guide how assets are divided in divorce cases.
Grandparents’ rights have a complex history in Illinois, and related laws have undergone many changes over time. Nowadays, however, you may, as an Illinois grandparent, lawfully seek visitation through filing a lawsuit in the state, but there are particular things you must demonstrate in order for the courts to consider granting it to you.
If you believe you and your husband or wife are heading for an Illinois divorce, you may no longer have the same level of trust in your partner you once did. You may suspect that your spouse is beginning to stockpile assets ahead of divorce proceedings, and if your spouse is like many others across America, your suspicions may have merit. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we have a comprehensive understanding of the tactics spouses often rely on to hide assets from one another, and we have represented many clients wanting to ensure they receive their fair share in divorce.
An Illinois court order requiring a parent to pay monthly child support can seem like an additional expense beyond one’s ability to cover. If this describes the situation of you or someone you know, you be wondering whether you petition the court for a modification of your support obligation. A modification to a child support order in Illinois depends, among other things, whether there has been a change in circumstances that a court would consider substantial.
On January 1, 2016, sweeping changes went into effect regarding the way in which Illinois couples obtain a divorce. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, this was the first time in 40 years that Illinois divorce law had been significantly updated.
A prenuptial agreement is entered into by persons before they are married with respect to their rights and obligations during marriage. Generally, the agreement, which is the same as a contract, deals with the use and disposition of property during the marriage, at the end of a marriage, and in the event a spouse dies. Premarital agreements are often sought where one or both parties have substantial wealth and assets independent of their prospective spouse or where the parties have been previously married with children who may lay claim to the property of one or other. In other words, prenuptial agreements are a way for parties to decide in advance that they do not want the default state rules to govern their property and rights in the event of divorce or death. In Illinois, prenuptial agreements are valid so long as they comply with certain statutory requirements.
As a parent in Illinois who's currently going through a divorce, there are likely many things on your mind regarding child custody. Who will be the primary custodial guardian? How will you divide the visitation schedule? Joint custody is also a potential option for you to look into, if your situation supports it.