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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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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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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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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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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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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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No one reaches the decision to divorce easily. Ending a marriage is one of the most emotionally burdensome experiences someone can go through. However, divorce is sometimes needed so that both spouses can end an unhappy marriage and move on to a better future.
If you have decided that you want a divorce but you have not yet told your spouse about your decision, you may understandably be dreading the conversation. Many people who seek a divorce still care about their spouse’s wellbeing and recognize how devastating the news may be to him or her. As you prepare to move
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Parents who get divorced have seemingly countless matters to figure out. Child custody, child support, and other child-related legal issues can be complex – legally and emotionally. If you are getting divorced and you and your spouse disagree on the terms of child custody, you may understandably be feeling overwhelmed. It can be hard to know where to even begin. This blog will discuss Illinois laws regarding child custody disputes and what to do if you need help with custody concerns during your divorce.
Essentials of an Illinois Parenting Plan
The parenting plan or parenting agreement forms the
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Everyone who falls in love hopes that the relationship will last forever. Sadly, however, statistics show that this is simply not the case for every couple. Countless issues, from financial dishonesty to adultery, can lead to marital breakdown. Some couples are able to overcome these types of challenges while others cannot. Only the individuals involved in a marriage can determine if their relationship is salvageable. This blog will evaluate some of the signs that may indicate that divorce is on the horizon.
Indications Your Marriage May Be Over
Most marriages that end in divorce experience a slow breakdown over time.
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Same-sex marriage has been permitted in all fifty states since June 2015. Homosexual couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples. They can get married, draft prenuptial agreements, get divorced, and be subject to child support and spousal support orders. However, divorce and family law issues are sometimes more complicated when spouses are the same gender. Read on to learn about LGBT divorce in Illinois and how you can get the legal help you need when divorcing a same-sex spouse.
Getting Divorced When You Are in a Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex couples follow the same divorce procedures as opposite-sex couples. One
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When one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, the higher-earning spouse may be required to pay alimony to the lower-earning spouse in a divorce. In Illinois, alimony or spousal support is referred to as spousal maintenance. A spouse may be required to pay maintenance if the couple agrees to maintenance terms during divorce negotiations or the court orders a spouse to pay maintenance. A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement may also define spousal maintenance terms.
Traditionally, alimony was seen as a man’s responsibility. However, high-earning women are subject to the same spousal support laws as men. Acclaimed
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Intimate partner violence is shockingly common. The CDC estimates that approximately one in five women and one in seven men have been physically abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Abuse may come in the form of physical violence, psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, or financial exploitation. Whatever the form it comes in, no one ever deserves to be abused by a romantic partner.
If you were threatened or abused by a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or ex, you may want to consider getting an emergency order of protection.  
What a Protection Order Can Do For You
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Most people have heard of prenuptial agreements, but fewer have heard of postnuptial agreements. A postnuptial agreement is very similar to a prenup, but it is completed after the couple is already married. Like prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements describe the spouses’ property rights and financial obligations in the event of divorce or death of a spouse. The reasons that couples utilize postnuptial agreements are varied and each situation is different. This blog will discuss the most common reasons married couples draft postnuptial agreements and what you can do to get started if you are interested in setting up a postnuptial
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