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Who Gets Religious Custody?

Among the many issues that come between divorced parents, none causes more passionate argument than religion. Disputes between former marriage partners fighting over the right to determine their child’s religion are flooding the media. One Chicago family’s custody battle made headlines in 2011 when the mother, who is Jewish, sued the father, who is Catholic, Read More

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Should I Stay Married for the Sake of the Kids?

The decision to leave a marriage is one that most people do not take lightly — and even less so when children are involved. Children deeply desire to see their parents happily married and living together. That is not to say that parents who are not happily married should maintain a façade for their children’s Read More

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Preparing for Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

In the United States, more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Unfortunately, Illinois is no exception. In 2011, there were more than 33,000 divorces and annulments statewide. If you are facing a divorce, a divorce lawyer can help you through the process. Before the initial meeting with your divorce lawyer, prepare the following: Read More

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Visitation Rights for Grandparents are Still Evolving in Illinois

Before 2005, Illinois grandparents could not obtain a court order authorizing visitation with their grandchildren. From 2005 to 2007, the Illinois Legislature enacted a string of amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act addressing grandparent visitation. The evolving law in Illinois exhibits lawmakers’ recognition of the important role that grandparents can play Read More

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How Does a Premarital Agreement Work?

A premarital agreement may not be the most romantic concept, but it’s an important step in ensuring your financial health in the event of a divorce. In Illinois, a premarital agreement is an agreement between future spouses made in contemplation of marriage. The agreement goes into effect when the marriage begins. It must be in Read More

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Illinois Hearsay Law and the Drew Peterson Case

Retired Bolingbrook police officer, Drew Peterson, was going through a rough divorce with his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson may have feared that a pending settlement would result in his financial ruin. On March 1, 2004, a neighbor found Savio’s lifeless, bloody body in the bathtub. Initially, police ruled Savio’s death an accident. However, after Read More

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Proposed Overhaul of Illinois Family Law

Change is on the horizon for Illinois family law. In the latter half of 2012, the bipartisan Illinois Family Law Study Committee proposed major reforms to the statutes concerning divorce and child custody. There are hundreds of proposed amendments that could be passed early this year, and here’s a bit of what you need to Read More

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