A growing number of individuals in the U.S. are foregoing marriage, yet still having children. In cases where a child is born to mother who is not married, she automatically has legal sole custody of the child. This means that the child's father must take steps to establish paternity and legally be recognized as the child's father.
We've all seen the movies or heard stories of conflict-ridden divorces where former spouses duke it out in court. Even in cases where a couple's decision to divorce was mutual and a split amicable, things can quickly become contentious when the divorce process ensues. So is every unhappy husband and wife who wants out of a marriage destined to suffer the adverse emotional, psychological and financial effects of a horrible divorce? The answer, thankfully, is no.
From birth, children rely upon their parents for nearly everything. From making a bottle to quiet a hungry baby to helping with algebra homework, a parent's job is to love, nourish and teach a child. As any parent can attest, at times, being a parent can be extremely difficult. This is especially the case for parents who are faced with the emotional, mental and financial challenges that frequently accompany 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
Ah, summer vacation. It's a time of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, not just for the children in your life, but for you as well. Life goes a bit slower, not running at its usual breakneck pace, and even the daily grind of your job seems a bit less stressful in the summertime. Summer is also the perfect time to go on a trip to make memories with your children. No matter if it's across the state or across the country, family vacations are prime bonding time for parents and children alike, allowing everyone to enjoy new experiences while growing closer. All that can change, though, if your vacation plans – or those of your former partner and your child's other parent – run afoul of a preexisting child custody or visitation agreement.
Beginning with the gender rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s, women have demanded equal treatment in the workforce and in society as a whole. Part of the newfound gender identity of the "modern" woman comes work outside the home, contrary to the traditional view of the stay-at-home mom who manages the family's domestic responsibilities while the father is the "breadwinner." As more women equal or surpass their husband's salary comes a new set of challenges, particularly if the couple should split.
Illinois is officially in the rank of states that has legalized same-sex marriage. That status is due to be effective as of June 1 of this year. At that point, unless something else happens between now and then, Illinois will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gays and lesbians to wed and divorce.