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August 2013 Archives

State court weighs heavy sperm-donor paternity issue

Last week, we discussed an important issue that family law courts are now dealing with in Illinois and the rest of the country. As in vitro fertilization and other advanced fertility options have become available, they have created a whole new realm for child custody issues.

Courts struggle with custody of children conceived in vitro

Like many other states, Illinois is gender neutral when it comes to child custody. That means the mother and the father have equal rights under the law to request child custody. This is surprising to some fathers who think that they have to settle for every other weekend with their children. The fact is that fathers' rights have come a long way in the country over the past few decades.

Illinois court considering validity of same-sex marriage ban

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court made history when it repealed the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman only for purposes of federal rules and benefits. The case also inspired a push in many states, including Illinois, to legalize same-sex marriage.

Dwyane Wade's motion to withhold visitation denied

Last week, NBA star Dwyane Wade agreed to pay his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, $5 million in a divorce settlement after a five-day trial in Chicago. The settlement came three years after the couple's divorce was finalized by a Cook County family court.

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