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How did federal workers keep up child support during shutdown?

While the government shutdown lasted longer than what most people anticipated those who have to deal with the wage impact might face unanticipated legal problems. Noncustodial parents nationwide, including in Illinois, whose earnings were affected by the shutdown might have been unable to maintain child support payments. Many federal employees who live from paycheck to paycheck might have had to find other sources of income or borrow money to pay child support.

Child support facts to dispel the myths

Illinois parents who are recently divorced and new to having to deal with all the child-related issues might have questions about it. There are many child support myths, and the sooner parents learn the facts, the sooner they can adjust to the new dynamics. Parents who have to pay child support often believe the myth that child support is one-sided and only that parent's responsibility.

Working with your ex to create a parenting plan

When it comes to creating a parenting plan after a divorce, you have two choices. You can give control of this precious situation to the courts, or you can work out a suitable plan with your ex. As distasteful as it may sound to negotiate with your spouse, it may be the best way to arrive at a plan that is suitable for you and in the best interests of your children.

How will property division affect the asset holdings of Bezos?

When well-known, high net worth couples announce their intention to file for a divorce, the first thing people in Illinois and elsewhere might wonder is whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement in place. This is the question asked after reports appeared of the imminent divorce of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. How will property division affect the personal assets and the company that Bezos started from his garage back in the 90s?

Illinois now treats pet custody the same as child custody

With the New Year came various new laws across the country. Illinois couples who are considering divorce might have been concerned about the fate of family pets. In many households, pets are considered as part of the family, and it could be as traumatic to be cut off from pets as it would be not to have contact with their children. Fortunately, lawmakers have recognized this, and as from Jan. 1, 2019, Illinois family laws will no longer treat pets, as assets to be subject to the property division process.

Family law restricts an unmarried father's legal rights

When an unmarried Illinois man is the biological father of a child, he will not automatically be regarded as the father. Paternity will have to be established. Family law allows fathers to acknowledge paternity by signing specific forms after the child's birth. Without acknowledging paternity, the father will not have any rights, but acknowledgment will only guarantee him some rights.

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