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Rockford IL Family Law Blog

Determining when alimony is appropriate in a divorce

There are many people who divorce each year in Illinois. Each one of these divorces is unique because the circumstances of each marriage are different. The number of children people have can vary, the amount of money families earn may vary, the assets they have can vary, and how they live their lives can vary. While the general issues that are present in each divorce are similar, how these issues are dealt will depend on the specifics of the marriage.

One issue that is dealt with very differently depending on the specifics of the divorce is alimony or spousal maintenance. One reason for this is that certain requirements must be met before alimony will be ordered. Therefore, there are many couples that will not qualify for alimony.

Reality TV star exits rehab in attempt to gain custody of kids

Fans in Illinois of the reality TV stars, the Kardashians, may know that Kourtney Kardashian and long-time boyfriend Scott Disick recently broke up. The couple has three children together and Kardashian said that Disick needed to go to rehab to deal with his addictions prior to getting child custody or even unsupervised parenting time with the children. Disick did enter rehab, but recently left after about a month of rehabilitation. Disick has stated that he would like joint custody of the children.

Many couples in Illinois have children without being married. These situations can work out just as well as a marriage, but the rules regarding the legal rights of the mother and father differ from those of a married couple. If the couple is married, then both parties have custody rights to the child. However, if the couple is not married then the father does not have custody rights, even if they are on the birth certificate.

Protecting private information in an order of protection

Family members and people in relationships in Illinois get into arguments and fights from time to time. This is bound to happen and most arguments are just verbal arguments. However, unfortunately this is not always the case and the arguments turn physical. This should never occur, but when it does, it is important that the victims of domestic abuse try to protect themselves.

One way they can do that is with an order of protection, which is an order prohibiting the abuser from having any contact with the victim. There are different types of orders of protection depending on how long the victim will need protection. However, once an order is in place it is a crime for the abuser to contact the victim.

Change of employment and a child support obligation

Many people in Illinois have to pay child support. In situations where the parents are divorced or were never married, there is a good chance that one parent pays child support to the other. The amount of child support is based on the child support guidelines. These guidelines take into account the non-custodial parent's net income and a percentage of it goes to the custodial parent for child support.

There are some additions that may be added to the basic support and there may also be deviations, but for the most part the guidelines determine the child support amount. The parent must pay child support generally until the child is 18 or until they graduate high school. For some parents they will be paying child support for a number of years.

Who can be adopted in Illinois?

Each family in Illinois is unique. The traditional notions of a family make up have changed over time and so have families. Some have a biological mother and father, others have a step father or mother, some have two mothers or two fathers and some are adopted by their parents. There are many reasons why parents adopt children, but no matter what the reason is they have to go through the legal process in order to make the adoption official.

However, before adopting a child or an adult, the adopting family must make sure that the person is actually available for adoption. Certain legal requirements must be met before a person is eligible for adoption.

Illinois billionaire hedge fund manager finalizes divorce

Many people may be aware that one of the richest people in Illinois, Kenneth Griffin, was going through a divorce. Like many divorces involving wealthy people, there was a lot of media attention to this divorce, which started over a year ago. There were some very public arguments and accusations from both parties in this matter regarding a pre-nuptial agreement signed by the parties.

Well, the parties reached an agreement to settle the divorce prior to the trial regarding the pre-nuptial agreement beginning. Many of the details of the agreement were kept sealed from the public, but the parties did agree to joint custody of their children. It is unknown what financial agreements were made for child support, alimony or asset division.

What should one do after receiving an order of protection?

There are many victims of domestic abuse in Illinois. It is a problem and there have been many efforts made to try and reduce and ultimately eliminate domestic abuse. As part of this effort, there are resources available to victims to help protect them. One of these resources is to obtain an order of protection. These orders can be issued on an emergency basis to prevent the abuser from having any contact with the victim. The order of protection can then be extended for a longer period of time if necessary.

Restrictions on parental responsibilities in Illinois

Not all parents in Illinois live with their children all the time. Many parents are either divorced or were never married to the other parent. In these situations, many times the parents have child custody orders which govern which parent will make decisions regarding the children and when each parent will be with the children.

The decision making process is determined by which parent has legal custody or whether the parents have joint custody. When each parent has the children is determined by the parenting time portion of the order. Both custody and parenting time are determined by analyzing a number of factors to determine what is in the best interest of the child. Sometimes the court may determine that it is in the best interest of the child to restrict parental responsibilities of one of the parents.

How to determine the net income for child support in Illinois

Parents in Illinois have an obligation to provide financial support to their children. This is true whether the parents are together or separate. It is not as difficult when the parents are together since most of the expenses are shared anyways. However, it becomes a little more difficult if the parents are divorced or were never together in the first place. That is why the law has implemented child support.

The courts want to ensure that both parents are providing financial support for their children, not just the custodial parent. Therefore, one parent generally is ordered to pay the other child support to accomplish this goal. Child support is determined in Illinois by the child support guidelines. These establish the percentage of a non-custodial parent's net income that will go to the other parent, depending on the number of children the couple has together.

Sibling visitation rights in Illinois

Every family in Illinois is unique. Each make up is different as well as the dynamics within the home and between each other. Some families all live in one home with both parents, but this is not always the case. Sometimes parents are divorced or never married in the first place. The parents may then remarry and the family is blended with another one. Due to this fact, family members may not see each other as much as they would like. This goes for siblings as well as for parents and children.

Sibling visitation is a potential family law issue for many Illinois families. If a sibling is being denied visitation by a parent, the siblings may petition the court for visitation with each other. A sibling is defined as a brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister. A sibling can file a petition for visitation with another minor sibling if at least one parent does not object to the visitation and it does not interfere with a parent's visitation.