The issue of child support can be emotionally charged, even in the best of circumstances. This is true whether the child's parents are undergoing a divorce, or whether the parents were never married. Oftentimes, the first step a court takes in making a child support determination is establishing paternity. However, a bill recently passed by an Illinois Senate committee may change the way child support is handled for a father who is not the biological parent.
Same sex marriage has been a polarizing issue in American politics for a number of years. With divergent attitudes among the states, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, understanding how federal courts will decide complex legal issues involving same-sex couples and adoption remains unclear. In fact, Illinois same sex couples may be interested to learn about a recent decision made by a Michigan federal judge.
Divorce usually has financial implications for both parties, not the least of which is the impact on a party's personal tax situation. If someone has recently undergone a divorce in Illinois, there are a few things he or she should keep in mind in order to avoid paying more taxes than absolutely necessary.
A new study has shown that divorces among couples aged 50 and over dramatically increased between 1990 and 2010. In 1990, only 10 percent of all divorces were among people over 50. In 2010 that number had risen to 25 percent of all divorces. In contrast, the under-50 divorce rate grew only marginally.