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Lake County Illinois Family Law Blog

Are you a Father? Here’s Why You Should Establish Paternity

In Illinois, if a child’s parents are not married when the child is born or are in a civil union, the father is not considered the legal father of the child. The father’s name cannot be added to the child’s birth certificate until paternity is legally established. The Importance of Establishing Paternity Paternity, which is … Read more

What You Need to Know About a Military Divorce in Illinois 

When you serve in the United States military and want to divorce, you face a different set of laws than those for civilians filing for divorce. Unlike a civilian divorce which is governed by the laws of the state, military divorce is governed by both federal and state laws, and special rules and requirements apply.  … Read more

Unique Social and Legal Challenges in Same-Sex Divorces

The US Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling was a hard-fought victory for same-sex couples who had been denied the right to marry. For many couples, it was a long-awaited recognition of their love and commitment to each other and a step toward greater acceptance and equality for all people. However, as with any major … Read more

What is Included in “Income” for Child Support?

Child support ensures that your kids’ basic needs are met and that both parents are financially making contributions to the children’s upbringing. But how does the Court even determine where this amount comes from? First, it has to figure out how much “income” the parents have. The Many Sources of Income When someone asks you, … Read more

What should you know about relocation requests?

Relocation may become a requirement or at least a very strong suggestion at some point after your divorce. However, you must petition the court if you wish to relocate. This is because you will have to modify your divorce agreement if you move. How do you know if the court will approve your request? What … Read more

Step up Your Co-Parenting This Year!

Do you want to improve your co-parenting but aren’t sure how to? Click here for a dozen tips to try out this new year!