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Illinois grandparents' rights case moves toward resolution

42108941_S.jpgGrandparents' rights can be a complicated aspect of a child custody dispute in Illinois, particularly when each side is expressing intense emotions regarding the matter. Since child custody can be contentious with accusations and allegations from both sides -- particularly if one of the parents has died -- it is exceedingly important for the participants to have assistance from a legal professional to protect their rights, maintain a relationship with children and protect all parties.

An ongoing case between a woman and the parents of her late husband resulted in a decision from the judge that the mother will not get custody of the child for now. The dispute is between the woman and the family of her husband who had been murdered by the woman's grandmother. Initially, the court gave custody to the father's parents, but the mother took the child and went to Florida. The woman was found in Massachusetts in September. She was subsequently extradited back to Illinois with the child staying with the father's family. The hearing that was held in late-December was to decide if the daughter was neglected by the mother.

What factors determine best interests of the child in Illinois?

37840978_S.jpgWhen a couple in Springfield shares a child and is no longer together, there are many different issues that arise when it comes to the best interests of the child in the context of parenting time, visitation rights and the relationship with children. There can be rampant confusion as to what is referred to with the words "best interests." Because of that, it is wise to have a grasp on what is taken into consideration when the best interests are decided upon.

The child's best interests will be determined by considering all key factors. These can include the following: the child's wishes, contingent on the maturity and ability to make a statement as to these choices; how the child has adjusted to the home, community and school; the health of those involved, including mentally and physically; and if the parents are able to come to agreements to make decisions on behalf of and concerning the child or if there is a significant amount of contentiousness between the parties that can negatively affect their ability to make these decisions.

Divorce involving Jesse Jackson Jr. moves forward in Illinois

Divorce can be a difficult situation for any Illinois couple, but it is particularly complicated when there is a significant amount of money involved and it is a high-profile marriage. There can be complex property division, items in dispute, and the need to navigate the difficult pathways that accompany such a situation. As with any legal case, it is wise to have advice from experienced professionals from start to finish. If the end of a marriage is likely to be played out in the media, this is especially true. Regardless of the circumstances, having legal help in moving forward with a divorce is an imperative.

Jesse Jackson Jr., the former U.S. representative and the son of the famed civil rights leader, is divorcing from his wife. Mr. Jackson filed his case and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason. The couple had been married for 25 years and has had legal problems related to campaign finance issues that led to incarceration for both. In August of 2013, they had issued guilty pleas related to financial malfeasance in their campaign fund. Mr. Jackson was incarcerated for diverting $750,000 for the personal use of him and his wife between 2005 and 2012. Mrs. Jackson was also sentenced to prison.

Spousal support still an ongoing dispute in high asset divorce

55821840_S.jpgIllinois couples who have a significant number of assets when they decide to end their marriage will often end up in a dispute regarding property division, spousal support and other issues. A high asset divorce might not seem pertinent to a workaday person, but that does not eliminate the divorce legal issues that come up. In fact, many might be quite similar. With any divorce, one of the key factors is to have competent legal advice that can adapt to any circumstance.

An ongoing divorce negotiation between a wealthy couple has restarted after a break of two months. The man is a multimillionaire who founded the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and he returned to the witness stand as the case moves forward in an attempt to determine how much his ex-wife will receive in the settlement. The man was asked about his financial circumstances, and he testified that he did not have the ability to pay the $400,000 she is requesting per month.

Financial factors to consider when getting a divorce

47837922_S.jpgIllinois couples who are ending their marriage will consider a great many different issues. Finances can be contentious and difficult whether it is a high asset divorce or one of more modest means. Property division, spousal support and other factors will come to the forefront in a divorce. This is particularly true when people over the age of 50 are getting a divorce. Statistics are indicating that these divorces are on the rise. With that in mind, the issues that come up with them should be taken into account.

Between the years 1990 and 2010, the number of people age 50 and older who were getting a divorce doubled. This information comes from Bowling Green University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research. Part of this is believed to be due to people living longer. Due to that reality, one out of every four divorces is done late in life. A big problem with this is how financial planning might be upended.

Failing to finalize a divorce can come back to haunt dads

45814198_S.jpgThe divorce rate in the United States is quite high. Some statistics put it at 50 percent, others closer to one-third. Either number represents a common and sad outcome for many couples. But there are those who do not follow through with legal divorce proceedings even though their marriage is irretrievably broken.

The benefits of working with a family law attorney

34744287_S.jpgWhen people hear the term "family law" they often think of divorce cases. While it's true that divorce is governed by family law, so are marriage, living together, alimony and child support, child custody, adoption, foster care, and other areas related to family life.

Important points about paternity in Illinois

39227810_S.jpgParents in Illinois who are concerned about issues related to paternity need to be aware of basic facts regarding how it is established, which could help avoid any long-term disputes. This is in the best interest of the child as well as the biological parents. Unfortunately, one of the most common legal issues that comes up has to do with paternity. Therefore, it is important to know as much as possible about it in the event that there is a disagreement from any perspective.

Paternity is defined as the legal relationship a father has with the child. When parents are married, there is no issue regarding legal paternity as the husband is presumed to be the legal father. If, however, the parents were not married when the child was conceived or born, then the man who is believed to be the father is called the "alleged" father. This is not a legal term and the man cannot be added to the birth certificate as the father until there is a legal establishment of paternity.

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