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Rockford IL Family Law Blog

Adopted child flourishes with new family

Many families in Illinois adopt children for various reasons. Adoption is a unique area of family law that can allow children to become a part of a loving family. Many times, families adopt children who are given up for adoption by the birth parent. Other times, the children are taken away from the biological parents by the state, if the parents are no longer capable of caring for the child. In either instance, it can give the child a chance at being a part of a stable and loving family.

This was the case for one child who was adopted by a family when he was six-years-old. He was three-years-old when he was removed from his parents' home and placed in a foster home until he was adopted. He never took the opportunity for granted and became a very good high school athlete. The family has also adopted six other children over the years and has two foster children as well. The family believes that it is important for them to never say no to a child in need of a home, and the adopted children have done well, as a result.

Invalidating Pre-Nuptial Agreements: It's possible!

Prenuptial agreements are often recommended by attorneys as an excellent way to protect oneself in the event of a divorce. However, it is important to understand that prenuptial agreements may be subject to invalidation if the terms are found to be unconscionable. Prenuptial agreements are not indestructible. Knowing the law surrounding the validity of a prenuptial agreement is recommended for those preparing to enter into a prenuptial agreement as well as for those seeking to find a way out of the agreement.

I only have my kids on the weekends - May I take them on vacation over summer break?

With the end of summer break drawing near, now is a popular time for families to take one last vacation together before school starts. Vacationing can be a complicated event for families who have gone through a divorce, and parents must follow certain rules in order to maintain harmony between each other and respect custody/visitation arrangements. Vacation is no longer as easy as loading up the kids in car and leaving whenever you so desire. A parent must now be mindful of the child's other parent's wishes before choosing to take their child on vacation. The following recommendations should be considered before a divorced parent chooses to take his/her child on vacation.

Divorce parties are becoming increasingly popular in Illinois

Over the years more and more people have decided to get divorced in Illinois. The divorce rate has increased significantly over the last 50 years and the process has now become quite common. Most states now have no-fault divorces, meaning that a person does not have to have a reason to get divorced beyond the fact that they no longer get along with each other. In fact, only one of the spouses can want the divorce in order for one to be granted. As divorce has become more common, the perception surrounding it has also changed.

Even 30 years ago people still viewed divorce as a bad thing. It was seen as a time of sadness and even devastation. However, that perception has changed fairly recently and people are now even celebrating the dissolution of their marriages with divorce parties. Party planners around the nation are scheduling more and more of these parties. They are generally joyous occasions celebrating the person's future as opposed to dwelling on the perhaps less-than-stellar past they had during their marriage. Bakeries are also doing many more divorce cakes as well.

Post-Divorce Dating with Children: How to Ensure a Smooth Transition

Whenever a divorce is finalized, many individuals will naturally find themselves wanting to enter the dating scene again. This can be an exciting experience for newly single individuals, but for those who have children, re-entering the dating scene may present a unique set of challenges for both children, parents, and significant others, including interference with a custody agreement that would have otherwise been carried out without a problem. For any parent who chooses to date after a divorce, the following information should be kept in mind.

Factors Involved in Determining Whether or Not a Case Has a Strong Basis for Appeal

Depending on the situation, the attorneys involved, and the personalities of the divorcing parties, divorce proceedings can last for what can seem like ages. When the whole ordeal is finally over, it can be a huge relief. However, there are times where one (or both) parties are simply unable to live with the decision and they feel as though the judge made an error in interpreting the law. In this event, the parties have the option of appealing the decision to a higher court. Upon appeal, the case is again tried in the appellate court, and the decision of the lower court will either be affirmed or reversed.

Domestic violence family shelter is fundraising this summer

There are many victims of domestic violence in Illinois. These victims can be found in all walks of life and in all demographics. The problem is not isolated to one area or demographic of people. It can be very devastating for not only the individual victim, but their entire family. It also tends to pass from generation to generation if a child grows up in a home with domestic violence. That is why there are various shelters in Illinois and other programs designed to stop this trend and help end domestic violence.

One family shelter is holding a number of fundraising efforts this summer. They are currently putting together a team that will run in the Chicago Marathon and a team that will run in the Chicago Woman's Half Marathon. They are currently seeking sponsors to sponsor these teams. They are also holding a karaoke event in August. This event will include a buffet dinner and silent auction. These fundraising efforts will used to help fund their programs, which includes education to help prevent future acts of domestic violence.

Man serving in the Navy almost loses child custody while deployed

Many people in Illinois have gone through child custody battles. These can happen as part of a divorce or when a child is born out of wedlock. Child custody battles can be very contentious, as dealing with children can be a very emotional experience. The battle may also continue throughout the time the child is a minor. Child custody matters can be very complicated for anyone, but can be even more complicated for people serving in the military.

One man in the Navy found this out when he missed a court date while he was deployed on a submarine. A judge was prepared to take custody over his daughter away if he missed a court date, which he would have done since he was deployed. Many people were outraged by this. Luckily, his attorney was able to argue that the hearing should be continued under the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

Guardian ad Litem, Attorney for the Child, & Child Representative: Understanding the roles of the attorneys involved in child abuse and neglect cases

When a parent has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child, the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will become involved throughout the case. The main goal of DCFS, as well as the court, in deciding the best placement option for the child is to resolve the matter in the best interest of the child.

In order for the case to be resolved in the child's best interest, many individuals will become involved throughout the legal process, advocating specifically on behalf of the child. Among the state's attorney, attorney for the mom, attorney for the dad, and the DCFS caseworkers, the child's legal representation will most likely include a guardian ad litem, the attorney for the child, and a child representative. Keeping the roles of each representative separate can be confusing, but it will be beneficial to know for any parent who has become involved with DCFS.

Pop singers Jenifer Lopez and Marc Anthony finally divorced

Many Illinois fans of the popular singers Jenifer Lopez and Marc Anthony may be surprised to learn that the couple has finalized their divorce over two years after Anthony filed for divorce and almost three years after the couple separated. The couple decided that Lopez would have their children most of the time and that neither party would pay child support or spousal maintenance.

This may be good news for Anthony, who was also recently in court on a child support matter with another former wife. The judge in that matter proposed that Anthony's child support increase to $27,000 per month for his two sons and that he would pay an additional $12,000 a year for medical needs, tuition and vacations.