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March 2016 Archives

What can birds offer parents of divorce?

Divorce is difficult. If children are involved it can make things more complicated. And, like an onion, the layers of complexity can lead to a lot of tears. To minimize the upset, experienced Peoria family law attorneys know the value of keeping the focus on what's most important -- for the children and for parents who want what's best for all concerned.

Suffragette should inspire men in pushing for fathers' rights

Susan B. Anthony was a woman of passion, politics and rights. In the 1860s she became a leader for women's suffrage in the United States. Among her initiatives was a newspaper that carried the masthead, "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less;" the message being justice for all, regardless of gender.

Can I get my order for child support changed?

Child support calculations are not arbitrary. They are calculated based on several factors like each parent's income, the needs of the child and the standard of living that would have been available if the parents were married. Then, after also taking into consideration Illinois child support guidelines, a judge will set the amount of support to be paid.

Why you should think twice before hitting 'send'

If you feel like smartphones have changed the way we communicate, you’re probably right. In just a few taps, we can tell all of our friends where we are at by clicking “check in” on Facebook, share our latest culinary masterpiece on Instagram, and even show off our vacation photos while we are still on vacation.

Bill tabled doesn't mean child support landscape won't change

The law is not static. Changes don't always happen quickly or easily in Illinois's legislature, but they happen. And the volume of measures that can be introduced in any given session means that bill tracking can be a challenge. In the end, it can be hard to know whether a proposal has made it through or died on the vine.

Will you be responsible for paying student loan debt?

In the midst of a divorce, dealing with the emotional issues may be difficult enough. However, preparing for life after divorce is something that all divorcees should be preparing for, and your emotions should not impair this process. As we have noted in some of our prior posts, developing a post divorce budget is key; but what good is a potential budget if you don’t know what you are going to be responsible for after your divorce is finalized.

The engagement is off, but what about the ring?

We have been talking about heart balm laws and the General Assembly's decision to repeal them as part of the family law overhaul that went into effect on Jan. 1. Until those laws were repealed, they limited the types of damages someone could pursue for a broken engagement. And make no mistake: According to Westlaw, the courts were deciding cases based on the Breach of Promise Act in 2015.

The glow of that Valentine's Day proposal has worn off. Now what?

It was all so romantic at the time. The food, the wine, the flattering lighting and that breathtaking engagement ring were enough to convince you that the person across the table from you was The One, the person you wanted to commit to, to build a life with, to raise children with. But in the cold light of early March, you realize you have made a mistake. Can you break it off? What about the ring?

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