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July 2013 Archives

Illinois Supreme Court expands mediation in child custody cases

In Illinois, judicial circuit courts must offer mediation programs for child custody and visitation cases according to Supreme Court Rule 905. Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that the rules will be expanded to include child custody cases involving a request from the custodial parents to move with the minor child to another state.

Should you consider a prenup or postnup?

When it was announced that media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi, were ending their marriage, many assumed that the divorce would be long and messy. However, it was soon reported that the couple not only had a prenuptial agreement, but they also had at least two postnuptial agreements. A postnuptial agreement is essentially the same thing as a prenuptial agreement only it is entered after the marriage has already taken place.

Illinois study looks at effects of parental divorce on children

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, divorce may have a stronger effect on the parent-child relationship if the divorce occurred when the child was younger as opposed to older. The researchers concluded that a divorce during the first few years of a child's life can have negative effects on the relationship the child has with his or her parents as an adult.

Family vacations after divorce

Many aspects of family life change after divorce. One such change involves family vacations. Traditions regarding summer road trips and weekend getaways may be difficult to recapture once divorced. Children may expect these traditions to continue despite the change in circumstances. While it can be difficult, there are ways to make summer vacations fun even if split from an ex-spouse.

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