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New child support law may make it easier for some to comply

Non-custodial parents in Illinois may find the financial burden eased following a change to current law that was signed earlier this month. Child support has just become more affordable, and lawmakers say the goal was for the obligations of child support to be more equitable. In the future, child support orders will no longer be based solely on the income of the non-custodial parent.

Property division: What about the family business?

It is only natural for both parties in an Illinois divorce to be concerned about their post-divorce financial stability. What happens during the property division process will largely determine that outcome. Everybody wants to live comfortably as they move into a new life. One bone of contention in many divorces is shares in family businesses that were built by the hard work and sacrifices of both spouses.

Divorce may be the only option

Being in an unhappy marriage is something not wished upon anybody. Although divorce might be considered, Illinois residents will also know that it could be a traumatic and costly experience. However, certain circumstances make divorce the only option -- particularly if there are also children involved.

Do grandparents have rights under Illinois family law?

Grandparents in Illinois can petition the court to grant access or visitation time with grandchildren. However, Illinois family law does not give grandparents any rights to time with their grandchildren. Some believe that the divorce of the parents of the grandchildren can be as traumatic for the grandparents as it is for the grandchildren. In many cases, one set of grandparents is cut out of the lives of the children as soon as the parents go their separate ways.

Can child custody and visitation be based on intelligence?

The right to have a child and raise a family is one that is fundamental in American law. Few people even question their parental rights, and feel confident that if they provide a safe and loving home for their children, they will face no challenges to their ability to raise their kids as they see fit. There are cases, however, in which parents in Illinois and elsewhere have faced serious challenges to their child custody and visitation rights even when there is no evidence of abuse or neglect.

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