Category: Family Law

Belleville Family Law Blog

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...

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...

Many people want to experience parenthood and share their love with children they can call their own. Having a son or daughter to catch up with after a long day at work and share a lovely dinner with can relieve a parent’s exhaustion. Some people...

A mother has automatic rights after the birth of a child. No one will ever question her relationship with the baby to whom she gave birth. Fathers aren’t nearly that fortunate. There can be a lot of confusion regarding whom the actual father is. The...

One of the most contentious issues during a divorce is child custody. If parents are unable to agree upon a suitable custody agreement, then the courts will decide on this based on the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child in...

Living with someone who has a violent temper and who treats you aggressively is terrifying. You never know when something might set them off, leading to their hurting you. Many people stay in abusive relationships in part because they worry about what will happen when...

Making the transition from being romantically involved with your child’s other parent to being co-parents who are just trying to raise their children can be challenging. It’s going to take some work on the part of both adults, but most will find that this is...

Orders of Protection can be extremely helpful to people who are in violent or tumultuous relationships. Someone who wants to seek a divorce but who fears their spouse or who wants to protect their children against abuse may turn to the court to seek an...

You can seek an annulment after a marriage, which is a legal way of making it so that the marriage never actually existed. This is different than a divorce, and there are time constraints. Exactly how long you have to get the annulment, though, depends...

When parents separate, it usually has a huge impact on the life of the children. This impact can manifest itself in many forms, including emotional problems and behavioral problems. One of the most common negative effects of divorce on a child is a decline in...

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