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February 2016 Archives

Program allows Illinois inmates access to family court

An unusual program offered in Cook County is offering an underserved, perhaps forgotten, population access to family court. The program offers prisoners -- officially, incarcerated litigants -- a chance to appear before a judge via teleconference to deal with divorce, parenting time, support and other family court matters without the hassle of arranging an in-person appearance.

Orders for protection: 'No contact' means no contact whatsoever p2

We are discussing a case from New York about a restraining order and a Facebook post. Family law matters are handled at the state level, not the federal level, so a case from New York would generally not have any impact in Illinois courts. However, the fact that Facebook is involved makes the case noteworthy. As we said in our last post, courts around the country are still developing the laws of social media, trying to determine just how powerful a tool a post or a tweet can be.

Orders for protection: 'No contact' means no contact whatsoever

There are a couple of givens in family law. First, divorce, even an amicable divorce, is stressful. In fact, according to the commonly used Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale, divorce is second only to the death of a spouse when it comes to stressful life events.

Don't let gray divorce put you in the red

Over the past few years, study after study has shown that more couples in their 50s and 60s are divorcing. And not just a few more: According to a recent report from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the number of divorces in the 55- to 64-year-old age group doubled from 1990 to 2012; for 65-years-old and up, the number tripled during the same time period.

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