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Pets will soon not be part of property division in Illinois

Family courts in Illinois will consider the best interests of pets in divorce proceedings beginning in 2018. Currently, ownership of pets in divorce are handled through the property division process. Recognizing that many people consider their pets as family members, courts will now use the "best interests" test.

Family law and the challenges of blended families in Illinois

Blended families have become a regular part of society in Illinois. Almost everybody knows a blended family if they are not part of one themselves. Family law requires careful consideration of various aspects of remarriages, particularly when children from previous marriages are involved.

Why do so many couples divorce after decades of marriage?

It is no longer unusual for couples in Illinois and elsewhere who are older than 50 years to split up -- often after decades of marriage. It has become known as a "gray divorce," and many people wonder what would be the reason for this phenomenon. An author of a book on the subject has identified some common causes, one of which is the spouses growing apart over time rather than one triggering event. He also says when a couple decides to file for divorce, family and friends are often caught entirely unaware.

Modification of child support order is possible in Illinois

A 28-year-old Illinois father had to face the wrath of the court last month. This followed his failure to pay court-ordered child support of $200 every fortnight with additional payments toward arrears. However, when he failed to attend a scheduled child support hearing on Oct. 26, a warrant was issued for his arrest, and he is now locked up in the county jail.

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