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Is Illinois a 'community property' state?

Property division in a divorce can be more complicated than either spouse thinks. In general, all assets and debts will fall into one of three categories: Spouse A's property, Spouse B's property and the couple's marital property. While the spouses retain their own property, states differ on how marital property is divided. Wisconsin, for example, is a community property state. Illinois, however, is an equitable distribution state.

It may be a big lie, but it isn't quite fraud p2

We are turning back to our Aug. 28 post and the case about a woman who petitioned the court to invalidate (annul) her marriage on the grounds of fraud. When we left off, the Cook County Circuit Court had granted her petition, but the court of appeals overturned that decision. The respondent may have withheld certain information from the petitioner, but that information did not go to the "essentials of marriage," the statutory standard for fraud. No fraud, no grounds for annulment.

If you choose surrogacy, it's important to know your rights

Here in Illinois, our state legislature tries to keep up with the times, making changes to laws to better reflect current trends and situations. Take for example changes to the area of family law, which have given Illinoisians options to marry a spouse of the same sex and access to parental rights even if a child is not biologically related to one or both parents.

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