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Understanding co-parenting in Chicago

Co-parenting has become the norm in recent years. Chicago parents seeking a divorce should look to a co-parenting plan as a roadmap for the future of their family. Co-parenting plans are a positive way of considering possible conflicts and avoiding them turning into...

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How to draft your custody agreement in Illinois

If you are going through a divorce in Illinois and have children, you will need to decide on a custody arrangement that's good for your kids and fair for you and your ex-spouse. Here's how you can go about this. Consider the type of custody you want There are two...

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The rocky landscape of LGBTQ family law in the U.S.

The amount of research done into LGBTQ families has been growing all the time, and it's only through the work of scholars and researchers that some of the harmful myths surrounding these communities have finally been dispelled. These types of families are nothing new,...

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High-asset divorces: what you need to know

Married individuals who belong to the baby boomer generation are most likely to get divorced. In fact, 40% of baby boomers were already divorced as of 2010. A couple who has been married for decades usually has more assets such as real estate, Social Security benefits...

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What happens to the family pet in a divorce?

Prior to 2018, Illinois only recognized pets as marital or non-marital property in the event of divorce. Now, when both parties in a divorce cannot reach an agreement on pet custody, the court may rule on it for them, and pets receive custody agreements much like...

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Legal basics for LGBTQ couples using sperm donors

Gay and lesbian couples as well as people in relationships with bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming folk may face obstacles when forming families. Adoption in Illinois is especially challenging, with many states offering little to no legal protection for LGBTQ...

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