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April 2019 Archives

Establishing paternity in the state of Illinois

When unwed couples in Illinois have children, there is no presumption regarding their kids' parentage as there is for married couples or those who are in civil unions. While the fatherly relationship men in such situations share with their children may be the same as married dads' relationships with their children, they do not have the same legal rights to their kids. Therefore, it is important that unwed men take steps to establish legal parent-child relationships.

Can your ex-wife change the surname of your children?

When a divorce includes children, the situation can be especially distressing for the father. As a divorced dad, you may not get to see your kids as often, and your ex-wife may not consult you on every issue that arises. One fear you may have is that she will decide to legally change your kids’ surname to her own.

Addressing an identity crisis after divorce

When the subject of divorce crosses someone's mind, they may think about how this major life change could affect their kids or their finances. However, the emotional toll of a divorce should not be ignored either, as it can create serious issues for men and women alike. Aside from depression, anger and stress, some people suffer an identity crisis after their marriage ends. For example, someone may have pictured themselves as a spouse for many years, and when they become single after a divorce they may feel as if they do not know who they are.

Gaming addiction and divorce

In recent years, video games have become increasingly popular among people of various age groups. For some couples, especially younger married couples, video game addiction has become an increasingly concerning issue. Whether someone is addicted to a game they play on a console, smartphone or computer, these addictions can be devastating with respect to personal relationships. Moreover, they can adversely affect an addict's life in other ways, whether they lose the motivation to pursue job opportunities or take care of various responsibilities around the house and in their personal lives.

What happens to a house when the owners divorce?

Once a Peoria couple decides to call it quits on their marriage, they have to choose what to do with their home. According to Nerdwallet, the first step is to assess the value of the home. Once that is accomplished, the equity of each spouse can be determined, which is the amount that each spouse owes on the home. From there, the spouses must make a choice regarding the future of their home.

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