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What Does It Mean for a Minor to Be Emancipated?

Most people never hear about a minor becoming emancipated unless it involves someone newsworthy - a teenage actor or actress, for instance - who wants to become legally self-sufficient. The assumption may be that these famous people are trying to protect their earnings from their parents, but there are other reasons why a minor might want to become emancipated. 

Visitation and the Reluctant Child

For divorced parents with children, even if you have legitimate grievances with each other, all of that needs to be set aside when it comes to your children. Numerous studies have shown that having quality relationships with both parents is much better for kids in the long run than having strained or nonexistent relationships. 

Do Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?

For many years, the process of artificial insemination was seen as the exclusive province of married heterosexual couples who were not able to have a child on their own. As societal norms shift and more people are able to explore their options as potential parents, single women and lesbian couples increasingly turn to artificial insemination. 

Why You Need an Attorney for Your Divorce

Divorce can be time-consuming, expensive, stressful and emotional. Because many people just want to get their divorce over with as quickly as possible, some file using at-home kits or documents downloaded from the internet. While this can be a perfectly fine approach in some cases, it can be very risky in others. If your divorce is even a little complicated, youâ€TMd be better off consulting an attorney. 

What a Prenuptial Agreement Can and Cannot Do

While there may still be some stigma attached to prenuptial agreements, the truth is that many people use them, and with good reason. Entering into a marriage involves many complex financial decisions and presents a range of possibilities for the future use of funds and assets. Particularly if one or both spouses have been married previously, the new family situation may be quite complicated and involve former spouses, children from earlier marriages and other considerations. A prenup may be a good way to navigate these issues and plan for the future. 

Parenting Education Programs: The Basics

In cases involving child custody or visitation, including situations in which someone is seeking a modification to an existing arrangement, the state of Illinois requires parents to complete an authorized parenting education program. The purpose is to foster better relationships between the parents, and between the parents and their children, by providing information and guidance. Another goal of the program is to reduce the necessity for litigation in divorce proceedings. 

What Is Supervised Visitation?

In any divorce settlement involving children, the top priority is the wellbeing and best interests of the kids. Because every family is different and faces unique challenges and circumstances, itâ€TMs important that the system have a process in place for handling a variety of family situations, such as when there is a need for supervised visitation with the noncustodial parent.

When Domestic Violence Is a Factor in Your Divorce

Domestic violence matters are frequently in the news these days because of some high-profile cases involving professional football players. If you are planning to divorce, the ramification of similar events in your marriage is important to consider.

Preparing for Divorce Mediation in Illinois

Reaching a final divorce settlement can be a time-consuming, emotional and stressful process. Thatâ€TMs why people often enlist the services of a mediator, an impartial person who helps the parties come to an agreement by considering everything at issue in the divorce. 

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