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May 2014 Archives

At an impasse, divorcing parents turn to child custody mediation

For parents with minor-aged children, matters related to child custody are among some of the most difficult and emotionally charged of all divorce issues. In some cases involving children under the age of 18, parents are able to agree upon child custody and visitation matters. In many cases, however, parents have strong differing opinions on what’s best for a child. When this happens, parents must turn to the courts to help determine child custody matters.

Can you be sent to jail for failing to pay child support?

Child support is determined with the use of a formula in Illinois. The amount of money a parent is ordered to provide for child support is directly tied to the parent's income and number of children. For example, a parent in Illinois would typically be ordered to pay 20 percent of his or her net income to support one child and 28 percent to support two children. However, the child support formula is a guideline rather than a hard and fast rule.

Actor's continued struggle to gain parental and custody rights to son

Illinois residents may remember actor Jason Patric from the cult classic vampire movie The Lost Boys or as being one of the many men actress Julia Roberts once dated. Today, however, Patric's been making the talk show rounds for a very different reason as he fights to gain parental and custody rights to his 4-year-old son.

Researchers examine link between health and divorce

In the past 50 to 60 years, much has changed. Technological advances such as the computer, Internet and cellphone have forever changed how people are able to access and share information. Likewise, advances within medicine now allow doctors to diagnose and successfully treat disease and conditions that were previously untreatable. Perhaps one of the most notable changes during the last half century relates to gender roles, specifically changing viewpoints and expectations with regard to women.

How to avoid becoming a casualty of the divorce process

When a married couple isn't able to resolve issues that are negatively impacting their lives and those of shared children, divorce is often the best solution. However, even in cases where both parties want a divorce, it doesn't mean the divorce process will be easy.

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