In Illinois and elsewhere, two-income households have become increasingly common. But some couples choose to live on only one income when they have a child. For the parent who gives up their job to become a stay-at-home parent, the decision is full of both rewards and risks. Before making the leap, however, the stay-at-home parent should consider a few questions.
For many same-sex partners in Illinois, June 1 cannot get here fast enough. But while June 1, which is the day same-sex couples can get married, represents a major milestone, it does not mean same-sex couples will cease having to worry about legal obstacles.
For many Illinoisans, getting divorced can feel a bit like drinking water from a fire hose. That is because divorce requires a multitude of important family law decisions. Who gets the children? What kind of rights should the non-custodial parent have? Should one spouse pay the other alimony? If so, how much? Making these choices properly requires thorough research and careful consideration.
The holidays are over, and the New Year is here. With it means a chance to turn the page, and start clean. For Illinoisans, going through a divorce is a particularly special opportunity. To make the most of that opportunity, Illinoisans should keep in mind the following advice.
Children are both a pleasure and a commitment to Illinois parents. For separated parents, that commitment is split between custody and support. When both parents play their roles, that system works. When one does not or cannot, Illinois authorities will step in.