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May 2014 Archives

Divorce: To litigate, or not to litigate, is often the question


Every divorce is different. Some are straightforward and calm. Others are complex and emotional. Where a divorce falls on than spectrum influences the issue of potentially taking the divorce to court in Illinois. Three questions can help sort out whether going to trial is the right approach.

Unpaid Illinois child support obligations total over $3 billion


Normally, Illinoisans think of child support as an unfortunate, but, ultimately, personal problem. But that assumption is only partially true. Certainly the cost of food, clothing and shelter is borne by the custodial parent. However, when the parent cannot meet that burden or needs help in getting the noncustodial parent to pay child support, the state can step in to help.

International travel can be a major family-law issue


For many Illinoisans, the airplane has been a wonderful invention. It makes it much faster and easier to travel all over the globe. However, that convenience can be accompanied by a drawback for certain Illinoisans: the risk that an ex-spouse may decide on relocation and not inform the other parent. This family-law risk is particularly acute for international parents.

Same-sex partners may have to wait another day to get married


Same sex couples around Illinois are excited for June 1. There is just one hitch: June 1 is a Sunday. Government offices usually are not open on a Sunday. For couples who do not want to wait a day that means exchanging vows on June 1 and waiting a day to make it official.

Bad marriages linked to depression


Marriage can be a source of strength and stability for many Illinoisans. A partner can provide fun and companionship during the good times, and wisdom and encouragement during trying times. Unfortunately, sometimes a relationship can be the source of those trying times. That connection was recently reinforced by researchers.