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Can I Change My Parenting Time Agreement in Illinois?

When two parents seek to divorce, they must also consider the needs and future of their children. The law addresses this through child custody arrangements, known as parenting time and parental responsibilities. Like other divorce matters, parents are encouraged to reach an agreement on these issues. If they can’t, the family court judge will step […]

Understanding The Basics Of Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities In Illinois

If you’re going through a divorce or separation and children are a part of the equation, you’ll need to figure out how to allocate the different parental responsibilities for your children. In Illinois law, the commonly used term “child custody” is instead referred to as “parental responsibilities,” which is an important rhetorical distinction when considering […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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, […]