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Family law statistics reveal top locations for divorce

For many, a marriage does not always go the way one initially expects. Although many start the journey to marriage with the idea of living together happily ever after, the reality is that many marriages end in family law court. Researchers have been looking into the facts surrounding divorce and have come up with the top 25 locations where couples typically end it. While no city in Illinois made the top 25, individuals living in the state are still likely to be affected by marital dissolution at some point in their lives. 

Family law changes may come with new tax bill

Some individuals who pay alimony may be affected by changes in the new Internal Revenue Code, which appears primed for passage. Originally, the spousal support payments (alimony) were deductible from the payer's income, and the payee was responsible to claim the funds as income. The new legislation changes this, and it could affect family law decisions for divorcing couples in Illinois. 

Tips for family law, divorce from those with experience

A recent article takes a look at the lives of individuals who separated from their partner after the age of 50. Current trends show that divorces in this age group are increasing, which means that more people in this age bracket in Illinois find themselves in need of family law advice. Some individuals, having gone through the process, look back and share their take on what they wish they had known in advance, and what they would tell themselves for encouragement. 

Common Prenuptial Agreement Mistakes to Avoid

Prenuptial agreements are making a comeback, which means more couples have a clear understanding of their financial obligations in marriage and are better prepared for divorce. Unfortunately, there are a few mistakes that couples often make when drafting their agreements. Learn how to avoid them with help from the following information. 

How the State of Illinois Establishes Paternity

Children tend to do their best when they are supported and loved by both parents - that includes emotional, mental, physical, developmental, and financial assistance. The support system is typically built in when born to parents who are married; the child usually spends time with each parent, and even if a divorce occurs, the child will likely continue to have the support they need. What happens, though, when the parents are unmarried at the time of the child's birth? How, then, is paternity established, and how does the state of Illinois ensure the child is receiving the support they need? 

Illinois Family Law Basics: Visitation for Nonparents

Parents ultimately get to decide who their child spends time with, but there are some situations in which children are wrongfully withheld from an extended family member. Sometimes, it is out of spite. Other times, it may be due to a particularly messy divorce, separation, or breakup between the parents. In either case, the child may suffer. Thankfully, certain nonparents can seek visitation rights. The following information can help you learn more about this process, including where and why you should seek quality assistance. 

Parenting Time and the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities for Children with Special Needs

When making a determination for parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities, the courts generally consider the best interest of a child. However, there is often an extra element of concern when the determination involves a child with special needs. Much of this is due to the increased need for supervision, medical care, and educational provisions. How might these factors impact your case? More importantly, how can you ensure that your child's needs are met during the divorce proceedings? The following explores these questions and provides information on where to find qualified legal assistance with your case. 

Virtual Visitation in Illinois - Making it Work for Your Family

After a divorce or separation, couples begin their own, unique journey. In many cases, the new path is a positive thing, but sometimes it can take a person further from the people they love most. If that person you are leaving is your child, but you must move to secure housing or employment, it can feel as though you are severing one limb to save another. In such situations, virtual visitation may be an option. 

Family Violence or Parental Alienation? The Answer is Rarely Clear

Family violence and abuse are not a new issue in divorce cases. Many parents have had to fight to protect their children from a violent spouse. In contrast, parental alienation is a new concept in family court. However, some experts say the issue has been around as long as divorce (if not longer). Still, other psychologists believe parental alienation is nothing more than a clever defense for abusive parents - a way for them to control and punish an already beaten-down spouse. Sometimes, the latter is correct, but determining whether a case is a matter of family violence or parental alienation is rarely easy. 

Parenting Time and a History of Abuse

When your relationship with an ex-spouse or ex-partner involves an element of abuse, it can be difficult to think of your child spending time with that person. However, a history of abuse may not cancel out the child's right to a relationship with their other parent. Understanding this, and dealing with it can be difficult, but there are things that you can do to put your own mind and heart at ease. Learn more about your options regarding possible parenting time restrictionswhen there is a history of abuse, including when and where to seek assistance. 

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