Archive, July 2016.
Divorce cases can go on for years, but sometimes decisions need to be made before the judge issues a final order. In many cases, the court has the power to issue temporary orders for cases that are still in progress. One situation in which the court will sometimes issue temporary orders arises during a divorce when one spouse needs spousal maintenance (also known as spousal support).
Posted in Spousal Maintenance | Tagged divorce law DuPage County maintenance and alimony attorneys Spousal Support Temporary Spousal Maintenance
The Huffington Post recently published an article titled “Four Things You’re Likely Doing That Will Eventually Kill Your Marriage.” The illuminating piece includes advice from three different Illinois therapists and psychologists. All of the professionals quoted in the article were trained at the Gottman Institute, an organization that provides research-based training to family and couples counselors. Indeed, these professionals provided advice and the potential relationship pitfalls that may sabotage a marriage.
So you have gone through the long and arduous divorce process, custody has been figured out, property has been divided, so now it will be smooth sailing, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes, even after all the paperwork is finalized and a court order is in place you may need assistance to enforce the order. There are a few different circumstances where you may need the assistance of skilled post-judgment enforcement attorneys to make sure that your court order is followed.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged divorce DuPage County post-judgment enforcement attorneys Illinois Laws Post-Judgment Enforcement
Marriage laws vary by state, but all states prohibit some kinds of marriages. Some people start the divorce process only to find out that their marriage is actually invalid. Conversely, a couple may want to marry but later find out that they cannot. It is important to understand the laws in Illinois and what marriages are prohibited.
Posted in Family Law | Tagged DuPage family law attorney Illinois law invalid marriage Prohibited Marriages
The day before Father’s Day is often referred to as “Fatherless Day” and commemorates fathers who are not able to see their children due to death or separation. It is understandable why several groups of single fathers chose that day to rally at the state capitol in Springfield and at a Lake County courthouse. The two rallies were organized by different groups, but the groups have the same goals: increasing fathers’ access to their children.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged child custody DuPage County child visitation attorneys fathers rights Illinois child visitation
The New York Post recently reported on a New York City professor who is passionate about helping single and same-sex partnered women get pregnant. However, instead of going through a sperm bank, he has a more unorthodox method and donates sperm in more casual locations, including city bathrooms. Ari Nagel has fathered 22 children around the country, including in Illinois, this way. While many of the children were conceived using sperm he gave to the women, he does admit that about half of the children were fathered the “old fashioned way”. What is especially interesting from a family law …
Posted in Child Support | Tagged child support court-ordered child support DuPage County child support attorneys sperm donor laws
A second parent adoption is a way for a non-biological parent to adopt a child while the biological parent’s rights stay intact. There are many reasons why a second parent adoption may make sense for a wide variety of families.
Posted in Adoption | Tagged Adoption DuPage County adoption attorneys family law second parent adoptions
After your divorce agreement is finalized you may decide that you want to modify some of the terms, including the terms related to parenting responsibility and time. In order to modify the parenting parts of your agreement, you must meet certain conditions. It is important to understand when you can modify parenting time and responsibility in a divorce agreement in Illinois and what you need to prove for a judge to be willing to consider your proposed modifications.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged child custody child custody modification DuPage County divorce attorneys modification modifications after divorce
If you or your child has been the victim of violence from a family member, you may be considering getting a restraining order to help protect yourself and other family members at risk of being victims of violence. Indeed, it is important to have a basic understanding of domestic violence and restraining order laws in Illinois.
Posted in Domestic Violence | Tagged domestic violence DuPage County restraining order lawyers order of protection restraining order
The news came out of Chicago recently that the court has denied Amanda and Leo Ware custody of their three children. Amanda, known at the time as Amanda Hamm, had spent five years in prison for child endangerment after she watched the father of her three children drown the six-year-old, three-year-old, and 23-month-old. News reports say that he allegedly wanted to kill the children because they interfered with the couple’s lifestyle of drugs and sex.
Posted in Family Law | Tagged child custody child custody case DCFS DuPage County child custody attorneys family law cases
It is every parent’s worst nightmare: a knock on the door and an investigation by the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) accusing you of child abuse. Even parents that have nothing to hide and have not mistreated their children at all still fear that a wrongful allegation will have ongoing consequences. Hopefully, at the end of the day, the truth will win, but it is important to have some idea of the process to know what you are up against.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged child abuse child custody child custody evaluation Department of Children and Family Services DuPage County child custody attorneys