Family Law Archives

Types of Illinois orders of protection

Dealing with abuse, either emotional or physical, can take an incredible toll on someone. If you are the victim of abuse, you should do what is in your best interest and get out of the situation immediately. You can also protect yourself by applying for a protective order. There are three types of protective orders in the state of Illinois.

Changes to guardianship in Illinois family law

Determining the guardian of a child in Illinois used to be a simple process. The usual reasons for decisions -- the death of a parent, financial problems or injuries that prevent a person from taking care of a child - were uncontested and the legal process was designed to make it easy on new guardians.

Group aims to have Equal Rights Amendment ratified in Illinois

A group of more than 200 people met at the Hyatt Place in Normal, Ohio, last week to march in support of the Equal Rights Amendment that has yet to be ratified in the state. The event was created and run by the ERA Illinois Coalition of Bloomington-Normal.

Parents and children could be helped by change in support rule

A change in the child support rule in the state of Illinois could help both parents and children. It is scheduled to take effect on Monday, July 3, according to a report from the Journal Courier. The system currently in place used to pit parent against parent in an all-out battle for child custody based on who could pay more in support. That looks like it will change dramatically come July.

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.

Understanding what rights you have when you adopt in Illinois

During the past decade, more than 15,000 children across Illinois were adopted. As for the profile of the children that have been adopted during this time, they have come from all walks of life, are of all ages and from diverse parts of the state.

Why so many Illinois children are being cared for by grandparents

Minor children being cared for by their grandparents is not a new concept, although stark increases in this dynamic have occurred during the past 25 years. In fact, a 2010 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that, in the county as a whole, more than 5.7 million minors are being raised in households headed not by their parents, but by their grandparents.