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Children must always remain priority in divorce

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.

Same-sex marriage and divorce laws continue to be complex

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.

Would your prenuptial agreement hold up in court?

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 marriage. 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.

More dads fighting for custody than ever before

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.

More couples signing social media-related prenuptial agreements

Thanks mainly to movies and media coverage, nearly everyone knows what a prenuptial agreement is. These agreements – signed before a couple weds – serve to prevent disputes in the event of a divorce. They typically involve such things as property division, allocation of premarital debts and spousal support. What is much less known, however, is that this type of agreement can be used to dictate "lifestyle" behaviors like religious preference of the couple's future children and where the couple will live. 

Is bias against gay, lesbian, parents an issue for our time?

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.

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