Crystal Lake Illinois Family Law Blog

How to end a trust

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People are allowed by law to determine the fate of their property and possessions after their death or inability to manage it. This must come as a relief to people who have spent their lives building businesses, eager to pass it on to a new generation or beloved cause. One of the best ways to manage assets is a trust.

The predictability and security of a trust to protect assets and those who are meant to receive them does not last forever. All trusts end eventually, and understanding how that happens will help you attain your goals in setting one up.

Changes to guardianship in Illinois family law

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Determining the guardian of a child in Illinois used to be a simple process. The usual reasons for decisions -- the death of a parent, financial problems or injuries that prevent a person from taking care of a child - were uncontested and the legal process was designed to make it easy on new guardians.

Sweeping cultural changes - increased poverty and unemployment, as well as social scourges such as drugs and alcohol abuse - led to the need for sweeping legal changes. More guardianship cases were filed, increasing the number of disagreements among children's families.

Illinois has simplified child custody laws

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If a married pair of parents get divorced, there are many considerations to deal with before the process is over. Property must be split between the two, and any prenuptial agreements must be reviewed by the couple and their attorneys. No duty is more important, however, than ensuring the welfare of children.

Illinois has simplified its approach to child custody by adopting the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA), which helps guide complicated or interstate custody arrangements between parents. Guardians and extended family may often find their rights and responsibilities quite easily.

Predicting property distribution in Illinois divorces

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Divorce is a difficult decision for married people to make, but the process itself does not have to be difficult. Illinois has some of the simplest procedures for filing for divorce in the United States, with a 90-day residency requirement for the spouse filing for a fault or no-fault divorce.

Complications may arise, however, when the time comes to distribute assets from the marriage to the individual partners. This may include real estate, savings accounts, financial instruments, retirement portfolios or business assets that were created or purchased before or during the marriage.

Focusing on the well-being of your kids during divorce

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The end of a marriage can be a stressful and challenging period for everyone involved. Now that you and your spouse have decided to take separate paths moving forward, you may have concerns about how the outcome of your divorce will impact your future, especially if you have children.

As a parent, you likely consider the well-being of your kids to be extremely important. Unfortunately, divorce can be fraught with emotions, potentially prompting you to search for guidance in shielding your young ones from harm.

Illinois changes a key child support law

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Nothing is more important during a divorce or separation than the best interests of a couple's children. Although there are several legal and mediating tools to determine what adults deserve, children are protected by family courts and other institutions safeguarding their rights.

If a couple does not share custody during and after a divorce proceeding, the parent who does not take responsibility for custody may be required to pay child support to the other spouse. This money is intended to fulfill and supplement the child's basic needs, such as food, clothing and education.

Being single doesn't mean you don't need a will

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Being young and single doesn't mean you don't need a will. Being young and single should be a big reason why you get a will created. Many young, single people like to live life to the fullest. They go on adventures that they might not get to enjoy at an older age. If they are able to, they travel the world. A will helps to protect your assets should die at a young age.

If you are single, and have no will, all of your assets and property will be handled by the state if you should die. This means that your assets will not go to your siblings, your parents, your grandparents, nieces or nephews, or even friends. Even single people can leave property to others in their will. It's a smart move in the event that you die at a young age.

How to protect your family in your estate planning documents

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Sitting down with a family law attorney to draft estate plan documents is a very difficult situation for some people. The thought of dying prevents a lot of people from doing this important task, leaving their loved ones in a tough spot upon their death. Putting these documents together now not only protects you should you become incapacitated, but it also protects your family and here's how.

First and foremost, you must create a will above all else. Get a will in place first and then move onto other documents and issues. The will names guardians for your minor children as well as other important issues you want to express upon your death.

Settled swiftly and simply: Skipping the stressful divorce

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Just because you know your marriage isn't working any more doesn't mean that you want a long, drawn-out, painful divorce that involves a lot of fighting. Whether you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are hoping to end your marriage on good terms and even stay friends, or whether you both simply want to get the divorce process over with as quickly and painlessly as possible, a messy divorce rarely benefits anyone.

Sometimes, though, no matter how eager you both are to make the process swift and straight-forward, you may suddenly find yourself in the midst of a complicated and emotional legal battle without even being sure how you got there. Fortunately, there are a few tips to help save the time, money and stress that otherwise might accompany a chaotic and stressful divorce.

Group aims to have Equal Rights Amendment ratified in Illinois

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A group of more than 200 people met at the Hyatt Place in Normal, Ohio, last week to march in support of the Equal Rights Amendment that has yet to be ratified in the state. The event was created and run by the ERA Illinois Coalition of Bloomington-Normal.

The goal of the rally was to make people aware that Illinois still has not passed the Equal Rights Amendment. The second goal was to make it known that the community wants support regarding the ERA from local and state government.