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April 6, 2017

Is a Stepparent Adoption a Possibility for Your Family?

Adoption



Many times when a blended family forms, stepparents wish to adopt stepchildren in order to legally reflect the relationships that have formed. When a stepparent adopts a child it means that the stepparent is awarded the legal responsibility to support and care for the child. Requirements for Stepparent Adoptions There are a number of requirements that must […]

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December 8, 2016

Is a Postnuptial Agreement Right for You?

Premarital agreement



If you have gotten married only to find out your financial situation is more complicated or lacks stability and protection, you are not alone. Many people do not fully understand what their new finances and property ownership look like until after they enter into a marriage. When people find themselves in this position, they may […]

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May 3, 2016

De-Establishing Paternity in Illinois

Paternity



In most cases, biological parents are ordered to pay child support to help provide for expenses related to raising their children. There is, however, a strange and little known about law regarding child custody and support that could enforce a man to pay child support for a child that is not biologically his. That law, along with […]

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April 15, 2016

Understanding Marital Property

Division of Property, Divorce Finances



If you are facing divorce, the division of assets can be one of the more daunting aspects of the process. Not only is there an emotional component to doing so, but it can be difficult to determine what of your possession are considered eligible for equitable distribution, and what is considered personal property. A basic rule of […]

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March 17, 2016

Pet Custody in a Divorce

Division of Property, Pet Custody



When you are entering the beginning stages of divorce, determining the separation of marital assets, including large ones such as the family home, and deciding on groundbreaking, life-altering things like child custody obviously take precedence. As such, other major life-altering decisions can sometimes get pushed to the back burner. One of these decisions is pet custody […]

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January 26, 2016

How to Create a Prenuptial Agreement That Works

Premarital agreement



Prenuptial agreements can help protect your assets and business if your marriage ends in divorce. However, if you do no set up the prenuptial agreement correctly, you could run into serious legal issues. The Timing of the Prenuptial Agreement A prenuptial agreement must be executed before the marriage. It is possible to have a postnuptial agreement […]

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November 16, 2015

The Importance of a Prenuptial Agreement

Marriage, Premarital agreement



There’s nothing in a fairy tale romance about a prenuptial agreement, and many couples shy away from drawing up this important legal document before marriage in an effort to avoid the perceived stigma of a prenup — “we only need this if one of us will be cruel or unfair in the event that our marriage […]

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August 27, 2015

Credit Card Debt and Divorce

Divorce, Divorce Finances



When you are going through a divorce, financial concerns may feel like the last thing you want to consider. After all, when your family and emotional life is crumbling around you, dealing with credit card debt, mortgage payments, and property division can seem almost overwhelming. Dealing with financial issues, however, is one of the most important […]

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