Archive, August 2015.

For some families, it may be desirable for a stepparent to formally adopt a stepchild. The process for adopting a stepchild differs in many respects from other adoptions. While the process for adopting a stepchild can be faster, there are also important consequences and issues to consider. Often, the most significant hurdle to adopting a stepchild is obtaining the consent to the adoption by the other biological parent.

When involved in a divorce, it is possible that the court will order one spouse to pay the other spouse maintenance. These payments are intended to help support the spouse with a lower income. Whether maintenance payments are ordered depends upon numerous factors. Maintenance is not awarded in all divorces. However, when it is awarded, Illinois now provides judges with guidelines to help with calculating payments, although it is not mandatory that the guidelines be followed in all cases.

For numerous reasons, a parent may wish modify a child custody determination. While under most circumstances a modification of a child custody judgment is difficult to obtain, it is possible. Understanding the process of modifying a child custody judgment is important for parents who believe their child would benefit under a different custody plan.

An important part of a divorce proceeding is the division of property. An individual's pension and/or retirement accounts earned and/or acquired during the course of the marriage will be included as part of the marital property that is divided.

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