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DuPage County family law attorneysFamily courts in Illinois—like those in the rest of the country—often have the unenviable task of making very difficult decisions regarding how a child will be cared for following the divorce or breakup of his or her parents. In more tragic situations, including those in which the child’s parents are deceased or incarcerated, the courts may need to decide on a guardian or other caretaker for the affected child. Throughout all of these types of cases, Illinois law provides that the child’s best interest should always be the top priority. To make sure the best interests of the child are fully protected, the court may appoint a specially-trained attorney to serve as a guardian ad litem for the duration of the proceedings.

The Role of a GAL

A guardian ad litem, or GAL, is an attorney who does not work on behalf of any party in a child-related legal matter. Instead, he or she serves more as an extension of the court and as an independent expert witness. The GAL is tasked with developing a proposed outcome for the case that, in his or her trained opinion, will provide the best possible scenario for the child. To do so, the GAL is granted the power to investigate the relevant circumstances of all involved parties by conducting interviews, visiting homes, and reviewing appropriate documents, including previous court records.

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Illinois sexual harassment lawyersYou may know actress Rashida Jones from television shows like The Office or Parks and Recreation, but more recently, she has been a passionate advocate for addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Jones, along with musician Donald Glover and Blue Seat Studios, created the video public service announcement (PSA) in order to help educate the public about what constitutes sexual harassment and how to spot it. Jones hopes the video will help people understand which behaviors are and are not acceptable at work, as well as empower victims of sexual harassment to seek help.

Sexual Harassment Is Not Always Obvious

After media mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused by multiple women of various sex crimes, the entertainment business finally began addressing the rampant sexual harassment and sexual assault in Hollywood. However, Jones and other anti-sexual harassment advocates want the public to know that sexual harassment does not only happen to the rich and famous, nor is it always glaringly obvious. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone. It does not discriminate on the basis of wealth, status, gender, race, or religion.

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Wheaton family law attorneysNot all that long ago, when a couple with children got divorced, children generally lived with their mother after the divorce. Many fathers did not get much time with their children and did not often remain terribly involved in their children’s lives. Today, there are countless ways for families to exist, including a number of arrangements that include divorced parents. A child who splits time between each parent’s house is no longer unusual.

If you are an unmarried or divorced parent, it can be challenging to make the most of the time you get with your child. There are, however, some things you can do to facilitate effective co-parenting.

Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

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Illinois sexual harassment attorneysSexual harassment continues to be a problem despite growing advocacy against it. Whether it is a boss implying that a new job candidate may get the position if the candidate goes on a date with him or a co-worker who makes repeated sexual comments about another employee, sexual harassment is unacceptable. In a new report written by researchers from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, antidotes to the prevalence of sexual harassment in academia are explored.

Sexual Harassment Is a Serious Issue at Many Colleges and Universities

Researchers have used available data and surveys to illustrate just how troubling the frequency of sexual harassment in schools is. Nearly 60 percent of female faculty in colleges and universities report that they have experienced sexual harassment because of their job. Students are not immune to this disturbing trend either. In a study from the University of Texas, female students in the science, medicine, and engineering departments were the most likely to have experienced sexual harassment. Approximately 20 percent of female science students reported experiencing sexual harassment while in school, and over 40 percent of women studying engineering stated that they had been sexually harassed.

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Wheaton family law attorneysLast month, a judge in DuPage County vacated a support order based on a 40-year-old Illinois law. The law allows judges to order divorced parents—but not parents who are still married—to contribute to their children’s college (or other post-secondary education) expenses even after the age of 18. While the judge’s recent ruling is not precedential, it has set the stage for serious change in the state.

The Case in Question

The circumstances that led to the ruling could describe those in any number of Illinois families. The student in question was a young woman who spent many years interested in marine biology. Her divorced parents supported her interest, and her father financed several dive excursions for her in exotic locations. Her father was so supportive that he even offered to pay for her full college education if she chose one of two specific schools offering a course of study in marine biology—one in Hawaii and the other in California.

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