Forty or more years ago, the collective societal view of a traditional marriage consisted of one man, one woman and two or three children. The dynamics of this traditional family were also fairly predictable with husbands working outside of the home and acting as breadwinners while wives stayed home to take care of children and tend to the home. Fast forward to today and U.S. society has a much more broad definition of a traditional American family.
Just last month, Illinois’ same-sex marriage law went into effect. As a result of the new law, not only are the marriages of same-sex couples who choose to marry today legally recognized, but the existing civil unions between same-sex couples can also be legally converted to marriages.
In this digital age, cyber crimes related to identity theft and breached financial accounts and data are frequent. While an individual can take steps to protect personal and financial digital accounts, doing so can be difficult when facing or going through a divorce.
Currently in Illinois unlike many other states once child custody is established, child support is based on set percentages of the non-custodial parent's income. For example, for one child you are entitled to 20% of the other parent's take home pay. For two children you are entitled to 28% of the other parent's take home pay and for three children, you are entitled to 32% of the other parent's take home pay.Child Support Guidelines
Most contractual agreements tend to be complex and matters surrounding contract disputes are often contentious. This is often especially true in disputes involving contracts made by two individuals prior to legally marrying. Prenuptial agreements are readily used by individuals that plan to marry who wish to protect and retain ownership of assets brought to a marraige. While the basic principles of a prenuptial agreement may seem simple enough, if not properly drawn up and executed, disputes over the validity of a prenup can result in a judge ruling to invalidate the agreement.