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September 2017 Archives

DUI charges and custody disputes

Whether you cannot pay your child support and want to modify your child support order or you have stress related to the distribution of marital property, family law issues can be incredibly challenging. However, if you are a father who is worried about the outcome of a child custody dispute, daily life can seem daunting. Moreover, in Peoria, and cities all around Illinois, there are other factors that could have an impact on the court's decision, such as being charged with driving under the influence. Our law firm knows the multitude of factors that can come into play with these scenarios and the importance of parents in this position closely assessing their options.

Can unpaid child support affect a passport application?

Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments could face numerous consequences, such as the threat of arrest, garnishment of their wages, or the interception of their tax refunds. However, it is vital for non-custodial parents who are in this position to recognize some of the other potential consequences of child support delinquency. For example, a parent who owes back child support may be unable to apply for a passport in Peoria, or any other Illinois city.

QDROs and the equitable division of retirement accounts

People in Illinois who are lucky enough to have a healthy retirement benefits package through their employer may not have thought about the rules and regulations governing the plan. Once divorce is on the horizon, though, it is essential to understand how property division may affect the account. According to The Motley Fool, the taxes and penalties could significantly reduce the value if the right steps are not taken.

Addressing paternity fraud

From child support payments to custody disputes, fathers who have split up with their child's other parent may encounter various challenges. Our law firm knows how tough these matters can be for fathers in Peoria and across all parts of Illinois. Unfortunately, some men have been named as the father of a child that is not theirs biologically. Paternity fraud can be very emotionally taxing for men, but it can also create financial problems as well. For example, someone whose life has been thrown into turmoil by paternity fraud may be struggling to pay child support.

What you can expect from an adoption home study evaluation

If you are preparing to adopt a child in the state of Illinois, the first order of business will be to undergo the home study evaluation. After its completion, you will legally become temporary custodians of the child until the court enters the final judgment of adoption.

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