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Lake County Illinois Family Law Blog

New bill resurrects 4113

The new House Bill 185 has the same goal as House Bill 4113. Currently, there is a movement among divorced parents, which is seeking to change the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, and give both parents equal parenting time. Of course, the final parenting agreement, or Allocation Judgment and Parenting Plan, would still […]

Overview of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

One of the most important laws that protects servicemembers who reside in or are stationed near Lake County, Illinois is the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Although this law offers valuable protections to military personnel who are going through a child custody dispute or a military divorce, it also affords important benefits that are not specific […]

Seeking modification when you can’t afford child support

As a parent, there are many things you can do to reduce expenses when it comes to your child. In months when money is tight, you can adjust your spending on unnecessary groceries or simply explain to the child that you cannot afford what he or she wants. It may even be a good lesson […]

What factors do Illinois courts consider in custody cases?

As this blog has discussed previously, whenever an Illinois court is deciding how to allocate parental responsibilities, the paramount concern will be what is in the child’s best interests. In order to determine a child’s best interests, a court will look to a number of factors which are prescribed under Illinois law. How these factors […]

Why is it important to establish paternity for your child?

The establishment of paternity puts into play the issues involving the rights and obligations of the parents/child(ren). Issues such as parenting time, decision-making, support of the child, and other child-related issues can be addressed after the establishment of paternity. How is paternity acknowledged in Illinois? There are several different ways to legally acknowledge paternity. Some […]

Child support and health care expenses

Parents in Lake County, Illinois, and other parts of the suburbs of Northern Chicago may know enough about how child support works in this state to recognize that it in many cases follows a formula. In other words, while parents might quibble about the numbers that should go in to a child support calculation, once […]