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January 2016 Archives

Being in an ambivalent marriage may be bad for your health

If you are feeling conflicted about getting a divorce, you are certainly not alone. Divorce is a major decision that will impact nearly every aspect of your life, as well as the lives of your children. When the stakes are this high, it is natural to have some doubts.

3 times legal guidance can be crucial in child custody cases

Raising a child is not easy; raising a child without or separately with another parent can only make it that much more difficult. Because of what a difficult job this is, parents need all the help they can get. This can be especially true when it comes to the legal issues of parenting.

New year, new changes to Illinois family law, part 2

A previous post began laying out some of the changes to Illinois' family laws as of 2016. As shared previously, there has been a terminology change regarding what has classically been referred to as "child custody." Now, Illinois doesn't assign child custody, but the court allocates "parenting time and responsibility."

New year, new changes to Illinois family law, part 1

The beginning of a new year brings with it multiple changes for different people. For many who have been in unhappy marriages, the milestone marks the beginning of their divorce process. They have waited to file for divorce until the holidays ended, and now the big life change is upon them in 2016. 

The basics of child custody relocation orders

Joint child custody is a careful dance between you and your ex-spouse. It is a standard move and counter-move of scheduling play dates, soccer practice and doctor's appointments can take a toll on families. One of the biggest problems with joint custody is that it inhibits your ability pick up and move. If you are the custodial parent, then your ability to move for any reason could be difficult. Of course, the level of difficulty depends upon how far you wish to relocate, however, the burden is still there.