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May 2017 Archives

Domestic violence and abuse is not always physical

There are very few situations scarier than being trapped in an abusive home or relationship. The sad truth is that some people do not realize that they are victims of domestic violence because physical abuse is not always involved. An act of abuse is simply an attempt to control or manipulate someone through actions, which can be non-physical. You deserve help and protection for yourself and your children if your partner engages in any of these actions.

Helping children cope with the realities of divorce

Making the choice to end a marriage when there are children involved is almost always an emotionally difficult decision. Whatever the reason for your divorce, you probably worry about how it may affect them. If your relationship was an especially hostile one, where any decrease in contention and stress will likely be beneficial for all parties involved, you probably have many concerns. Conversely, perhaps you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse want to work on maintaining a degree of civility and cooperation for the sake of the children.

What's a guardian and when are they necessary?

Imagine your brother passed away unexpectedly in an accident. He was raising your 10-year-old niece by himself because your niece's mother died of cancer several years ago. You're ready to assume all parental responsibilities of your niece unquestionably, but you may have to jump through a few legal hurdles before you can do so. You need to become the legal guardian of your niece.

How to create a parenting plan

A parenting plan is a required part of your divorce proceeding in court. The judge will want to see the plan that you and your soon-to-be former spouse come up with for parenting your children once divorced. Here is a brief guide on creating a parenting plan for court.

How to tell your children you are getting a divorce

Divorce is a difficult subject for many, especially those who have children. It can be worrisome for parents headed for divorce regarding how they will tell their children. This is a stressful time for all involved and no one knows how a child will respond to the thought of parents divorcing. Here are some tips on how to tell your children you are getting divorced.

Domestic abuse may manifest in a variety of ways

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse or intimate partner violence, comes in many forms, and some may be harder to label than others. It can happen to anyone of any age, race or gender, and doesn't always involve physical violence. Domestic abuse can include any pattern of abusive behaviors used by one partner against another in a relationship to try to gain or maintain control.

Spousal support: It's not just for women anymore

It should surprise no one that traditional social norms are not the norm for everyone. In just the past few years, the acceptance of same-sex marriage has gone from almost nonexistent to the law of the land. Norms related to same-sex marriage have not done a complete 180, but they are turning.

What should I be ready to discuss with my divorce attorney?

Divorce is never easy. Even an uncontested divorce in Illinois can become contested if a glitch develops in the negotiations over the myriad issues that must be addressed. There are obvious matters that any person considering divorce should plan to talk about with an attorney.