Lake County Illinois Family Law Blog
What factors do Illinois courts consider in custody cases?
As this blog has discussed previously, whenever an Illinois court is deciding how to allocate parental responsibilities, the paramount concern will be what is in the child’s best interests. In order to determine a child’s best interests, a court will look to a number of factors which are prescribed under Illinois law. How these factors … Read more
How does a legal separation work in Illinois?
Some residents of Lake County, Illinois, may realize that they need to live separately from their spouses and want the necessary legal protection to be able to do so safely and securely. However, for religious, financial or emotional reasons, or some combination of these reasons, they may not prefer a full blown divorce. As is … Read more
Why is it important to establish paternity for your child?
The establishment of paternity puts into play the issues involving the rights and obligations of the parents/child(ren). Issues such as parenting time, decision-making, support of the child, and other child-related issues can be addressed after the establishment of paternity. How is paternity acknowledged in Illinois? There are several different ways to legally acknowledge paternity. Some … Read more
Child support and health care expenses
Parents in Lake County, Illinois, and other parts of the suburbs of Northern Chicago may know enough about how child support works in this state to recognize that it in many cases follows a formula. In other words, while parents might quibble about the numbers that should go in to a child support calculation, once … Read more
How to divide pensions in a divorce
Negotiating how to divide property in a high asset divorce can be a complicated matter. It is especially complex when it comes to dividing retirement assets. Pensions, such as an IRA or a 401(k), are often some of the most significant assets you own. You start adding funds the day you begin working, so you … Read more
Best interest of the child: know it, live it, (learn to) love it.
It is easy to lose sight of the big picture in the midst of a separation or divorce. Raw feelings of anger, disappointment, and sadness can leave men and women itching for a fight and taking every opportunity to talk about what a poor spouse their ex was during the course of their marriage. Sometimes … Read more