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Deciding to adopt is a serious matter and can be complex depending on your situation. Adopting a child can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Since 2000, our team at Goosetree Law Group has helped families through the process of different types of adoption in Illinois, including co-parent adoption
What is Co-Parent Adoption?
Co-parent adoption is when one biological parent of a child agrees to let another person legally adopt the child. This type of adoption is most common in cases of third-party reproduction, in which a couple uses someone other than themselves to
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In Illinois, both parents have a legal responsibility to provide financial support to a child. The parent with the greater amount of parenting time, or time spent with the child, is the parent who receives child support. The parent with less parenting time is responsible for making child support payments. Child support payors or “obligors” may be men or women. However, statistics show that about 85 percent of the people who pay child support are men.
Many people have questions about how and when a father is required to pay child support. For example, does a father have to
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All divorcing couples are required by law to fully and frankly disclose all of their assets (and income, expenses, and debt). Sadly, though, it appears that some individuals simply cannot resist the temptation to steal or lie in order to retain at least a piece of those riches for themselves.
If you suspect hidden assets in your divorce, you may want to work with an attorney experienced in forensic accounting
Red Flags for Hidden Assets
Financial red flags might be simple to identify. There is a long list of questionable actions your spouse might take, but here are a
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Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and rarely works out according to plan. If you are pregnant and considering divorce, you probably never expected to be in this position. You may be unsure of whether divorce is the right option or even possible in this situation.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as every pregnancy and divorce is unique. However, it is generally possible to get divorced while pregnant in Illinois. Whether or not it is the best option for you, however, depends on your individual circumstances.
Divorce Requirements in Illinois
There is no law preventing a spouse from
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When a divorcing spouse is a doctor, accountant, attorney, or another professional with a private practice, this can heavily influence the property division process during divorce. A professional practice is often considered a marital asset, which means it would be subject to equitable distribution in a divorce. However, there are certain special considerations that must be taken into account when dividing a professional practice. It is important to seek legal counsel early on in the divorce to determine how best to protect your interests.
Spouses May Both Have a Right to a Portion of the Professional Practice’s Value
If a
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The term “divorce coach” is one that few are familiar with. The word “coach” is usually used in connection with sports teams or mentorship. You will not find a divorce coach wearing a whistle or explaining football plays. However, divorce coaches do fulfill a similar role as sports coaches. A divorce coach helps a divorcing spouse navigate their divorce from start to finish, providing the emotional and practical support the spouse needs during this difficult time.
What Does a Divorce Coach Do?
Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. A divorce coach can do
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Originally published: May 23, 2014 —- Updated: September 12, 2022
The way Illinois describes child custody and visitation has changed in recent years. A parent’s power to make major decisions about his or her child’s upbringing is called “parental responsibilities.” The time a parent spends caring for his or her child is “parenting time.” Illinois courts encourage parents to work out the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time in a written agreement, but if the parents cannot agree, the court will make a decision.
If the parents have a “shared parenting” arrangement, each parent has the child
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Adoption can be а complex process with mаny different steps аnd requirements. If you are interested in adding a child into your family through adoption, you have many options for doing so in the state of Illinois.
One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to pursue an agency adoption or independent adoption. During an independent adoption or private adoption,  hopeful adoptive parents find a birth mother who is willing to place her child for adoption. During an agency adoption, hopeful adoptive parents work with a state-licensed child welfare agency. Each type of adoption has its
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In July 2017, substantial changes to Illinois child support laws took effect. Instead of determining child support solely on the paying parent’s income, child support determinations are now based on both parents’ financial circumstances. The changes were made in an effort to make child support calculations more equitable.
Child support is usually calculated using the Income Shares formula.  The Income Shares model estimates the amount of money that would have been available to the child if the family had not been divided by divorce. This approach considers both parents’ net incomes to determine a child support obligation. In some cases,
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Originally published: April 29, 2015 —- Updated: September 2, 2022
UPDATE: Parents who get divorced or break up often face many complex legal issues related to child custody. To make the situation even more complicated, child custody laws change frequently. In 2022, Illinois no longer describes child custody in terms of physical and legal custody or visitation.
The way divorced and never-married parents care for their children is broken down into two categories: “Parenting time” is the time each parent spends with the child. “Parental responsibilities” refers to the responsibility for making major decisions about the
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As any small business owner can attest to, running your own company is not an easy task. This is especially true presently. Between inflation, labor shortages, and the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, many business owners are struggling to keep their businesses afloat.
Getting divorced while simultaneously running a small business is even more complicated. Business owners must determine whether their business is partially or fully marital property and address the business during asset division. To do this, they will first need to determine the value of the company. Fortunately, business owners facing divorce do not have to handle
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Physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological manipulation, and financial exploitation are just some of the forms of domestic violence suffered by individuals in Illinois and across the country. Domestic violence is shockingly common. Sadly, many people suffer in silence because they are not aware of the resources and legal tools at their disposal.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be wondering whether or not you should hire a lawyer. Family law attorneys experienced in domestic violence matters can help you navigate complex legal issues like protective orders, child custody, and property division during divorce. An attorney’s job
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In Illinois, both spouses have a legal right to an equitable share of marital property. Some couples are able to negotiate the division of marital assets and debts without the court’s involvement. Others take the case to trial and let the court decide an equitable division of assets.
Before spouses can divide property, they must take a full account of what they own and what they owe. Unfortunately, some divorcing spouses try to deceive their spouse and the court about the true value of their assets. Here are five signs that your spouse may be hiding assets or lying
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Child-related matters in a divorce are often some of the most contentious aspects of a divorce case. They are also some of the most consequential aspects of the divorce. When divorcing parents disagree about the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, a guardian ad litem may be assigned to the case. The guardian ad litem evaluates the circumstances of the custody dispute, investigates both parties, interviews family members and caretakers, and makes an informed recommendation to the court about the case outcome. Working with a GAL can sometimes be uncomfortable. He or she may need to ask personal
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For art collectors and enthusiasts, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other artworks may be some of the most valuable assets they own. Fine art has not only substantial financial value, it often has great personal significance. Both spouses may insist on keeping certain pieces which leads to contentious property division disputes. Furthermore, determining the value of a piece of art is not easy, and professional appraisers are often needed to value art assets during divorce. Unfortunately, some spouses may even use art as a vehicle for financial deception during a divorce. All of the factors can complicate the divorce process
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If you are like many people, you are not familiar with the term “divorce coach.”  Divorce coaching is a relatively new service that is becoming more and more popular. Ending a marriage can take a massive toll on a person. Divorce can be so overwhelming that some divorcing individuals make mistakes or agree to unfair divorce terms just to get the process over with. A divorce coach provides emotional support and practical guidance to divorcing spouses and helps them navigate the major life changes that accompany divorce. If you are getting divorced, here are five reasons to consider working with
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