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Knowing the nuances between biological and legal paternity is essential in understanding family law, genetics and paternal relationships. It allows families to understand how to enforce parental rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions toward furthering the best interests of the child involved. Differentiating the...

When separated or divorced parents share custody of their children, establishing a routine and maintaining consistency are crucial to ensuring their children’s well-being and nurturing their development. Below are some reasons why routine and consistency are so important in shared child custody arrangements. Provides stability...

Divorce can affect children the most, which is why courts always prioritize their best interests when making decisions regarding child custody. Illinois has done away with the term custody. Instead, the state uses the term “parental responsibilities” to cover a broad range of child-custody matters,...

When it comes to family law, January is a peculiar month. A surge in the number of couples opting for divorce occurs year after year. This trend, understandably, raises many questions. As January unfolds, divorce rates experience a noticeable spike, leading to January being dabbed...

Navigating post-divorce life looks different for every person. Some pursue singlehood and focus on their careers, while others choose to commit to a relationship again. Even if recent statistics show that remarriage has declined over the past two decades, 50% of divorced Americans still want...

Divorce is a complex process that requires careful thought and numerous important decisions. One of the first and most significant choices a couple faces when ending their marriage is determining whether the divorce will be contested or uncontested. This decision is not just about understanding...

The ideal divorce scenario is for couples to resolve their issues with little to no conflict. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of most cases. Between financial discrepancies and child custody disputes, divorcing parties often disagree on countless concerns. Thus, a deposition is one of...

In Illinois, you can only seek custody modification two years after the court has issued the original order. This rule is meant to allow time to see if the custody arrangement works well for your situation. Additionally, it prevents unnecessary and repetitive modification requests. However,...

People often associate prenuptial agreements with distrust. They feel like their spouse is already premeditating a divorce even before the wedding. However, prenups can help couples avoid divorce by fostering open communication and setting financial expectations. Your potential spouse trusts you enough to talk to...

Sharing custody of your child can be stressful, especially when you don’t have strong communication with the other parent. You might worry about what goes on at the other parent’s house, and how that home environment affects your child’s safety and well-being. Domestic violence, abuse...

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