Given that smartphones are now so prevalent, it is relatively common for one spouse to use the other spouse’s iPhone to make a quick call or to use an app like Yelp to find a new restaurant for dinner. Is it normal for spouses to routinely look through the email accounts and text messages on one another’s phones? For the most part, spouses tend to know the phone passwords of their partners, and there are no additional password protections for[...]
Generally speaking, premarital agreements are usually a good idea for couples in Chicago who are getting married. In a premarital agreement, which is also known as a prenuptial agreement or simply a “prenup,” the parties can come to terms on issues such as spousal maintenance and property division in the event of a divorce. Some matters cannot be negotiated through a premarital agreement, such as child support. Are premarital agreements always a good thing? While they can certainly protect one[...]
Anyone in the Chicago area who is thinking about filing for divorce and has children may know about a bill that is currently pending in the Illinois legislature concerning shared parenting. In brief, House Bill 4113 aims to amend the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) in order to have a presumption of equal parenting time, or 50/50 shared parenting time. Numerous father’s rights advocates have championed the bill while it has been met with many questions and[...]
When a married couple decides to file for divorce and have children from the marriage, it can be difficult to come to an agreement about how they will share parental responsibilities. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), when it comes to parental responsibilities and parenting time (previously known as child custody and visitation), parents can work together to develop a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child. Creating such a parenting plan[...]
Paternity is a legal concept that refers to the identity of a child’s biological father, and there are different reasons why various individuals would want to make parentage official under Illinois law. The child’s mother may want to establish paternity to file for child support, as there must be an official record before a court can enter such an order; A man who contests that he is the biological father may want an official determination of parentage because he would[...]
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