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DuPage County family law attorneysEvery year, more than 2 million American couples decide to tie the knot. While weddings are a beautiful celebration of love, they can cost a lot of money. Couples throughout the United States spend a collective $72 billion on weddings on an annual basis. Still, while a wedding can cost you a hefty sum of money on the night of your marriage (the average wedding budget is approximately $20,000), that money pales in comparison to the potential financial impact of a costly divorce. Developing a postnuptial agreement, after your marriage can be critically important to ensuring that you remain financially stable in the event of a divorce.

What is a Postnuptial Agreement?

Explaining to your fiance that you may have resources that you want to protect in the event of a divorce can be a difficult conversation to have. Yet, in many cases, the time to talk about protecting your financial future is after the wedding. A postnuptial agreement is a written agreement that the parties establish sometime after the marriage has been finalized. It is meant to settle the couple’s assets and affairs if they separate in the future. A postnuptial agreement can ensure that you and your family will have a stable financial future if you and your spouse ever decide to separate.

How to Develop a Postnuptial Agreement

The notion of a postnuptial agreement is a fairly new concept within American law. Postnuptial agreements finally became a common practice in the early 1970s, as more American couples began to separate. A postnuptial agreement can only be finalized if the agreement is in written form. It is also important to note that all postnuptial agreements must be voluntary. If a judge believes that a postnuptial agreement was forced onto one of the spouses, the postnuptial agreement will be considered null and void. A postnuptial agreement will only be finalized if all parties have disclosed the full extent of their assets. A spouse cannot hide significant assets from another spouse and still develop a valid postnuptial agreement.

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Obesity is a pandemic issue that costs Americans billions in healthcare costs each year. It can also increase one's risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity-related conditions. In short, is a killer and a thief. Thankfully, things have slowly started to turn around; people are becoming more aware of what they eat and how often they exercise. They are taking back control over their health.

Still, there are things that can increase a person's risk for developing obesity. For example, a recent study found that children of divorce may be more likely to experience obesity as an adult than children whose parents stayed together. Learn more about this risk, including how you may be able to mitigate against it, in the following.

More on the Obesity Study

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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?

The truth is, things can become a little more complicated. There may be questions as to whether the alleged father is, in fact, the child's biological parent. Until there is an answer, the child may lack the support that they need from one or even both parents. How can you keep this from happening to your child? First, you can ensure that you have worked to establish paternity. Second, you can seek child support, parenting time, and an allocation of parental responsibilities. Learn more about this process, including how the state of Illinois establishes paternity, with help from the following information.

Establishing Paternity - The Basics

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While divorce is stressful for everyone involved, it is children who are at the greatest risk for serious mental and emotional complications. Knowing this, parents are encouraged to do everything they can to monitor and protect their children. Learn how to recognize stress in your child, understand your options for dealing with it, and know where to seek support.

Signs That Suggest Your Child is Stressed

Indications of stress in children can vary greatly, depending on the age of the child. For example, younger children may display regressive behavior, such as bedwetting, baby talk, and temper tantrums. School-aged children may exhibit hyperactive behavior, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating on school work or homework, and they may overreact to minor problems. Older children may begin to withdraw from family and friends, may also overreact to minor issues, and could be at risk for depression, sleeping disorders, or eating disorders.

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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.

Who Can Request Visitation?

While visitation may be denied to a long list of extended family members, only certain ones have the right to seek visitation. These family members include the child's grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, or stepparents. If the grandparents or great-grandparents are on the father's side, paternity must be established before seeking visitation. If the mother and father were married at the time of the child's birth, paternity is already assumed.

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