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Rockford IL Family Law Blog

Domestic violence is a factor for increased violence in Rockford

According to the Rockford Police Department, there has been a dramatic increase in violent assaults and gun shots in 2015. In fact the numbers are up 84% from January 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015 compared to the same time frame in 2014. A police deputy stated that the two main contributors to this increase are domestic violence and gangs. Domestic violence accounts for 25% of the calls to the Rockford police. He said often times when there is domestic abuse, there are other issues as well, such as child abuse or neglect.

Domestic violence is clearly a big issue in Rockford. It can affect many people each year, including the friends and family of the victims who help deal with the aftermath of the domestic violence. It can also be very detrimental for the children involved in the relationship, even if they are not physically abused themselves. It is important to many victims to get out of these dangerous relationships, but often times they may not know how they can protect themselves from the abusers.

Can stepparents get custody of a stepchild in Illinois?

In Illinois, many times after a parent has a child, he or she ends up marrying someone else besides the child's other parent. This occurs sometimes in situations where the children's biological parents were never married or in situations where the biological parents are divorced. Therefore, many children have stepparents. In these situations, it is possible that stepparents play a major role in the stepchild's life and they become very close.

If the stepparent is married to the parent who has custody of the child, they may want to gain custody of the child as well, especially if the stepparent has taken on the role of raising the child. This can happen in situations where the other parent is incapable of caring for the child. However, there are certain requirements that must be met though before a stepparent can gain custody of a child.

Additional expenses not included in child support payments

In Illinois, if parents of a child are no longer together, there is a good chance that one of the parents is paying child support for the child. Child support payments are based on the child support guidelines. These guidelines take into account each parent's net monthly income and a number of other factors. Based on how many children the parents have, the non-custodial parent will pay a certain percentage of his or her net income to the other parent.

The child support payment is designed to ensure that the financial needs of the child are being met by both parents, not just the custodial parent. These needs generally include food, clothing and shelter. However, as any parent knows, the child's expenses do not just include food, clothing and shelter.

Establishing paternity in Illinois

There are many children in Illinois who are born out of wedlock. Determining who the mother of the child is generally not difficult, as it is clear who gave birth to the child. However, determining the father of the child is not as easy of a task and is an unique area of family law in Illinois. When a child is born, there is not a foolproof way of identifying father, short of DNA testing, which is not always completely conclusive.

In Illinois, there are ways to establish paternity, however, based on the complications that can arise in determining the identity of the father of the child. A presumption of paternity is created when the father is listed on the birth certificate or if the mother and father of the child sign an acknowledgement of paternity, which is a legal document stating that the man is the father of the child.

Agreements for settlement of divorces in Illinois

Divorce can happen for many reasons, either because the parties fell out of love or generally do not see eye to eye on various issues. That is partly what makes the divorce process emotional and sometimes difficult or contentious. There are many issues that need to be resolved during an Illinois divorce, and therefore there are plenty of issues to disagree about.

However, discord doesn't always have to be the case. The couple can use mediation and other tools to attempt to reach an agreement. Both parties may not be completely happy with the outcome, but often times it is better than presenting all the issues to a judge and being bound by whatever is decided by a third party.

How does domestic violence affect child custody?

Domestic violence can have very harmful effects on Illinois families. Beyond the physical pain and injuries it causes, the emotional effects can last a lifetime. Often domestic violence is passed on to the next generation. Due to the devastating consequences, the Illinois Legislature and courts have made numerous attempts to protect the victims.

A victim's first priority is to get out of the abusive situation and get their children out of it. Orders for protection or other restraining orders can help keep an abuser away from the victims. The law also makes it difficult for abusers to have custody or even visitation rights with their children.

How evaluations are used in Illinois child custody decisions

Many children in Illinois are a part of families with separated parents. In these situations there is often a child custody order that states who has the authority to make decisions regarding the child and where the child will live. These orders also state when each parent will have parenting time or visitation with the child.

In Illinois, child custody determinations are based on what is in the best interests of the child. These determinations are always straightforward and many times judges are asked to make these decisions with limited information about the child. Due to this fact, evaluations of the child are done by trained professionals to help the judge make the custody determination.

Illinois man may owe $1 million a month for child support

Child support in Illinois is designed to ensure that the financial needs of the child are being met by both parents. It is based on guidelines, which take into account each parent's income and a number of other factors. As such, child support is greater for those who make more money. This helps ensure that the child enjoys a similar lifestyle to the one he or she enjoyed during the marriage.

The child support payments go to the receiving spouse though and not directly to the child. So, sometimes it may feel like child support is for the receiving spouse and not the child. This is what a hedge fund manager from Illinois believes as his wife is seeking $1 million per month for child support. This may be a legitimate number based on what the hedge fund manager makes, but he contends that his wife is seeking it just to fund her own lavish lifestyle.

Dividing a business during a divorce in Illinois

Every divorce in Illinois can have its complications. From time to time a couple can divorce with few disputes, but generally there are disagreements as to how to handle the various aspects of the divorce. These aspects can include child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony and property division. Each of these issues are present in many divorces and each can bring about their own unique complications.

However, one issue that can bring about additional complications in a divorce is when one or both spouses own a business. The business must be split equitably just like the other marital property, but often times it is not a simple process. The first issue that must be resolved is valuing the business. Usually this involves the use of a business valuator and can be a complicated process.

How is marital property divided in a divorce in Illinois?

There are many issues that must be resolved in any divorce in Illinois. The big issues are child custody, child support, alimony and property division, which includes dividing up all of the couple's assets. When a couple is dividing assets there are two major steps. The first step in this process is determining what is marital property. After that determination has been made, the next step is dividing the assets between the two spouses.

In Illinois the property is divided equitably and not necessarily equally. There are a number of factors that the court analyzes when dividing the marital property. These include, but are not limited to, the contribution of each spouse to the value of the marital and non-marital assets, including a spouse's contribution as a homemaker for the family; if one spouse intentionally dissipated marital assets prior to the divorce; the value of the property given to each spouse; the economic resources of each spouse and their earning potential; and the tax liability of the property division.