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Rockford IL Family Law Blog

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.

Child Support Doesn't Always End at 18 in Illinois - Exceptions for Children with Disabilities

In most states, child support obligations end when the child turns the age of majority. Upon turning the age of majority, a child is now considered an adult, legally able to make decisions for himself or herself, thus relieving parents of a legal duty to support the child. The age of majority can range from 18 to 21. The age of majority in Illinois 18, or 19 depending on whether or not the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18.

 

There is, however, an exception to the law terminating child support at the age of majority in most states - Illinois included. Illinois law states the following:

Foster kids finally adopted by same-sex couple

There are many couples in Illinois who are not able to have children of their own. Some are physically unable for various reasons, others are same-sex couples and some families really want to help children in need. Others adopt children because they are concerned with another family member's care of the child, or they marry the child's parent. Whatever the reason, adoption is an area of family law that tends to be more of a joyous time as opposed to the battles that take place in other areas of family law, such as divorces and custody disputes.

This was especially true for two children who found themselves being passed from foster home to foster home. The two children said that they moved five times before finally being adopted by their current parents, who are a same-sex couple. The children's two dads show them the love they never had in the foster homes and they are very grateful that they were adopted by them. They have been a family since 2007. The family was recently able to celebrate the fathers' wedding in Illinois as the legislation legalizing same-sex marriage went into effect on June 1.

Property Division in Divorce: What belongs to whom?

As a couple goes through the divorce process, one of most important tasks (on the legal end) is splitting up the property. A judge will decide who receives which belongings, and what portion they will receive. Your divorce attorney will be able to advocate on your behalf, but educating oneself on the terminology surrounding division of marital property is important for anyone obtaining a divorce.

 

Each state falls into one of two categories: Community Property state, or Common Law state

TV personality Sherri Shepard speaks about divorce

As many people in Illinois know, Sherri Shepard, co-host of the popular television show The View, recently filed for divorce from her husband of three years. She recently spoke about having to move on and keep going forward. She stated that having good friends around her has been very helpful. The couple also is expecting a child this summer via a surrogate. Shepard is seeking full legal and physical custody of the child.

Many people in Illinois find themselves going through the same emotions as Shepard as they deal with the end of a marriage. It can be a very difficult time to deal with, but there are still many important decisions that must be made when one is going through a divorce. It is easy to let the emotions get the best of a person, but it is important to keep a level head during the process.

Video released brings awareness to domestic violence against men

There are many people in Illinois who have had to deal with domestic violence in some manner. Some people are the victims and others have family members or friends who have been victims. It can be very devastating for the victim and the people who know them. Generally, these victims are women and most people think of women as the victims of domestic violence. However, many men are also victims.

One group has been trying to bring awareness to this fact. They recently released a video which first shows a man displaying abusive behavior towards a woman. Many people walking by made comments to the man saying that he better stop. Then the man and woman reversed roles and most people did nothing, while some even smiled about it. The video demonstrates the double standard in people's perception of domestic violence between men and women.