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Parents must provide for their children, regardless of whether they are married or divorced. But unlike married parents who internally decide how each will cover their child’s needs, divorcing parents generally have to obtain a child support order from the court. Illinois courts follow certain...

To care for a vulnerable person is an honorable pursuit. In Illinois, a guardian is an individual or institution appointed by the court to manage the affairs of their ward, who is a mentally or physically disabled adult. The state’s courts started recognizing a guardian’s...

If you are a pregnant woman seeking to figure out the biological father of your baby, a paternity test can help you identify the right person. However, in addition to health concerns, there may be legal requirements to consider before undergoing testing. It’s important to...

During a divorce, couples have several options regarding what to do with their house. Each option comes with its advantages and disadvantages, and the most suitable choice depends on the specific circumstances each person is facing and their hopes for the future. If you’re divorcing,...

While every state in the country allows initiating a divorce under no-fault grounds, only a few states recognize fault-based divorces. Originally, Illinois was one of those states that accepted fault as a ground to initiate a divorce. However, the state became a purely no-fault divorce...

The termination of maintenance directly impacts the financial stability and future planning of divorced individuals. Maintenance provides essential support for the recipient’s living expenses. So, its discontinuation can lead to financial hardships. On the other hand, it also affects budgeting, career decisions and the ability...

Divorces are never easy, especially when one spouse has been careless with money. Recovering dissipated assets adds an extra burden to an already stressful situation. However, proving dissipation in Illinois is not an insurmountable task. Understanding dissipation To understand dissipation, it is important to know...

The short answer: Yes. Getting yourself back out there is not illegal while still finalizing your divorce. Illinois courts simplified their divorce provisions in 2016 by implementing a no-fault system. Cited as the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, this revised law outlines that...

Child custody and support are essential topics during divorce proceedings. Parents could have conflicting opinions on these matters. However, the court could intervene and settle child support issues. The court could determine the amount, duration and other parameters for paying child support based on the...

Your resentment may tempt you to withhold your spouse’s share of the marital property during the divorce process. However, it is against the law not to declare all your assets. If your spouse can prove your wrongdoing, you may stand to lose more than you...

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