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Birth fathers’ rights in Illinois

As men in Illinois take on an increasingly active role in the lives of their children, their rights as birth fathers are changing. These rights are being reviewed, tested and have even made national headlines on more than one occasion. In December of 2014, one Utah father filed a lawsuit for $130 … [...]

Eliminate custody disputes with a parenting plan

When parents divorce in Chicago, Illinois, it is not uncommon for the court to award joint custody. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act presumes the maximum involvement of each parent is in the best interests of the child, unless domestic violence has occurred. Even when both … [...]

Who pays for children’s college expenses in an Illinois divorce?

Photo By: 123RF Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially complicated when children are involved. Child support is obviously a critical component of any divorce settlement. However, there are many other more subtle issues to consider. One important consideration is how college expenses will … [...]

What’s Covered by Child Support in Illinois?

Many parents mistakenly believe that an Illinois court-ordered child support order covers their entire¬†financial obligation to their children after a divorce. Those parents are often surprised when the court orders them to pay for additional expenses above and beyond their child support payment. … [...]

Who Pays for Day Care Expenses After Divorce?

Day care expenses are one of the most significant costs associated with having a child. According to a CNN article, child care is by far the largest household expense for most parents and Illinois is among the top five least affordable states for infant child care. Not only are child care costs … [...]