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October 2012 Archives

Illinois representative says same sex marriage is a state

Republican U.S. Representative Judy Biggert from Illinois recently declared that she considered same-sex marriage to be a state issue. She then went on to suggest that the federal government does not make laws regarding polygamy and bigamy, and that those are left up to the states.

Modern technology an obstacle to keeping secrets in divorce

Smartphones and other electronic media are commonplace in Illinois homes. But while technology allows us to stay in touch with others better, it can also facilitate relationships that could lead to the dissolution of a marriage. Yet the very thing that helps furtive liaisons along can be what brings them to light.

Illinois removes obstacle to divorce for mentally disabled

The Supreme Court of Illinois has punched a significant hole in the state's ban on divorce for the mentally disabled. Previously, guardians could not start divorce proceedings for the mentally disabled under their care. This meant that the mentally disabled person's husband or wife had to initiate a divorce if it was ever to occur. The prohibition also included those who may have become mentally disabled after the marriage took place. For example, post-marriage disablement might occur due to injury or diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's. Basically, the non-disabled spouse was in charge.

Lawsuit over same-sex marriage in Illinois begins

A Cook County court has begun hearing a case that challenges the constitutionality of the definition of marriage under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Enacted in 1996, the act defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, effectively prohibiting same sex couples from obtaining a marriage license.

Holyfield ordered to pay $560,000 in child support

A judge has held boxing legend Evander Holyfield in contempt for failing to pay $560,000 in child support. To avoid further criminal charges he will have to make monthly payments of $3,950. He has already made an initial payment of $17,700, and the family law court will require at least a portion of future payments to be garnished out of his income.