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March 2015 Archives

Does Illinois still recognize same-sex civil unions?


It has been more than a year since same-sex marriages first started being legally performed in Illinois, but there is still a lot of confusion about the new laws and how they affect previously existing laws about marriage and domestic partnerships. Some same-sex couples who legally formed civil unions before same-sex marriage was legalized may wonder whether their unions are still binding, or whether they automatically converted into marriages

Addressing interstate child support issues


In Illinois and elsewhere, when parents split a gaggle of issues can arise. One of those is child support. Usually child support follows statutory guidelines that require the parent who does not live with the child (that is, the noncustodial parent) to pay child support. The amount will be determined through a child support formula. If the noncustodial parent fails to make good on the obligation, the state may be able to step in and force payments by garnishing wages, taking tax refunds and more.

Illinois residents can get help establishing paternity


Having a child is a great joy and privilege, one that many Illinois residents experience over the years. But, when a baby is born, it is not always easy to know who is responsible for it. In many cases, knowing who the father is can be tricky. Despite this, it can be important to determine paternity.

How is Facebook changing divorce?


Many, if not most, residents in Illinois have Facebook accounts. This social network site has changed the face of divorce. How? In two main ways: by setting the groundwork for a divorce and as a rich source of evidence during the divorce. This post will focus on the second aspect: evidence during the divorce.