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Changes made to divorce, custody laws in Illinois

When it comes to divorce, parents have many legal issues to take into consideration, such as property division, child support and custody, among others. As if dealing with divorce isn't overwhelming enough for some parents in Belleville, and throughout Illinois, these legal hurdles can make divorce seem overwhelming. However, people who closely review their circumstances and approach divorce properly may be able to minimize stress and benefit from a more straightforward divorce.

An overview of visitation rights for grandparents

Over 220,000 children who are under 18 live with their grandparents in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department on Aging. In Belleville, and across the state, over 100,000 grandparents take care of their grandchildren. Unfortunately, some grandparents are not able to spend time with their grandchildren for a number of reasons, such as disputes with the child's parents. For grandparents who are going through this, reviewing their rights in the state and acting at once is imperative.

How do I establish paternity for my child?

If you are not married to the other parent of your child, the State of Illinois states that the simplest way for you to establish paternity is by filling out a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form. As a resident living in Belleville or anywhere else in the state, paternity must be established before your child's birth certificate will reflect the name of the father.

Divorce and parental relocation

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were more than 33,000 annulments and divorces in the state over the course of 2011. For many couples in Belleville, and other parts of Illinois, filing for divorce is necessary. However, married couples who have children should understand how divorce may affect them. For example, parents who have separated from their spouse may have to deal with legal issues regarding parental relocation.

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