Archive, June 2017.
Estate planning is not the most glamorous area of law. Many people do not want to think about passing away; it can be a difficult topic to discuss with one’s family. However, estate planning is extremely important and can save you or your loved ones an insurmountable amount of troubles when tragedy strikes.
Posted in Estate Planning | Tagged drafting a will DuPage County estate planning attorneys estate planning family estate planning
If you are in a high-conflict marriage and are seeking a divorce, you may begin to wonder if your spouse has a diagnosable mental issue such as a borderline personality disorder. Often, a skilled family law attorney can help reduce conflict in these tense divorce and custody proceedings.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged DuPage County divorce lawyers family law attorneys high-conflict divorce mental illnesses personality disorder
The debt we are responsible for can pile up on us, seemingly out of nowhere. In an economy that pays lower wages in comparison to a steadily increasing cost of living, more and more people are getting crushed under the weight of their debt. Filing for bankruptcy can be a way out. The two most common types of bankruptcy in Illinois are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13; each has their unique characteristics.
Posted in Bankruptcy | Tagged Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Bankruptcy debt DuPage County bankruptcy attorneys types of bankruptcy
In Illinois, the law places an obligation on both parents to support their children. After a thorough review of the finances, a court will determine how much one parent must pay the other in monthly child support.
Posted in Child Support | Tagged child support order child support payments DuPage County child support attorneys failure to pay child support pay child support
Psychology experts tell us a variety of studies have shown that children of all ages tend to struggle with change, especially where routine is concerned. Divorce is easily one of the biggest threats to a child in terms of disruption of an established routine. This is particularly the case for young adults, due to age-related brain developments. Younger children have been shown to adapt with more ease when they feel safe, and when parents communicate with them about the changes happening in the household. Still, even younger children thrive on routine and rely on it to feel secure.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged adjusting to divorce children and divorce divorce isolation divorce process DuPage County divorce attorney
Kids, Divorce, and the Aftermath: Three Effective Strategies for Providing the Support Your Child Needs After the Split
Although the effects of divorce can be far reaching and mentally draining for the whole family, the end of a marriage can be especially emotionally charged for the children. A number of factors can impact and shape the divorce experience for children, however.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged divorce transitions divorced families DuPage County divorce attorney Illinois divorce process kids and divorce
As a divorcing parent, the pressures you face are amplified, as your responsibilities are nearly doubled due to the transitional needs of the entire family. Not only do you need to make living and financial arrangements for yourself while also looking after your physical and emotional health, you must make arrangements for any children you share with your spouse, too. A solid parenting agreement is essential when entering post-divorce life, as it will provide the legal blueprint for how you will continue to raise your child once you are separated.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged allocation of parental responsibilities divorcing parent DuPage County divorce attorney parenting agreement parenting plan
A surprising number of men end up paying child support for children who are not their own, biologically speaking. Establishing paternity has important legal ramifications. It is important that you move quickly and efficiently as there are important determinations for a father who wishes to challenge the paternity of a child.
Posted in Paternity | Tagged acknowledging paternity DuPage County paternity and child support attorney establishing paternity parentage pay child support
The way in which child support is calculated in Illinois is about to undergo a massive evolution this July 2017. For the first time in Illinois, the state is moving towards an “income sharing” model—a model that is used by various other states.
Posted in Child Support | Tagged child support calculations child support modification child support order DuPage County child support lawyer income sharing model
There are many different ways one can be victimized by abuse in a relationship. For some, the evidence of the abuse is worn on their body. Unexplained bruises, broken bones, and marks on the skin can be a tell tale indicator that someone is physically abused. However, when the abuse is emotional, it does not leave the same kinds of evidence. Moreover, when emotional abuse is the reason for a divorce, providing evidence of that abuse can present unique legal challenges.
Posted in Domestic Violence | Tagged abuse victim abusive spouse DuPage County divorce attorneys emotional abuse non-physical abuse
It is common for people to remain plugged into their electronic devices for much of their day. Whether it is sharing pictures of their children, their dinner, or pets, posting images online has become a part of our daily lives. Moreover, those posts can also become part of a divorce proceeding.
Posted in Divorce | Tagged divorce complications divorce proceeding divorce trends DuPage County divorce lawyer social media and divorce
When you receive word that you are being investigated for child abuse allegations by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), it can seem like your world has been turned on its head. While there are plenty of horrific cases handled by DCFS, there are also many that are unfounded or simply a misunderstanding. If your matter falls within one of those categories, you are no doubt overwhelmed and distraught. Fortunately, you can fight the allegations and it is best to do so with an Illinois DCFS hearings lawyer by your side.
Posted in Child Custody | Tagged child abuse allegations DCFS DCFS findings DCFS investigation DuPage County family law attorneys Illinois DCFS investigations