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July 2019 Archives

Understanding the best interests of the child

Any Illinois divorce that involves minor children will have several issues that depend on the court's determination of how to protect the "best interests of the child." On its face, the term "best interests of the child" is not very specific, but any judge who has served more than a few years is well-acquainted with how the term should be defined and applied. Because the crucial issues of child custody and support depend upon the court's interpretation of the best interests of the child, anyone contemplating a divorce should have a basic understanding of the term.

Are you at a custody disadvantage because you're the father?

In the average divorce, custody of the children is usually one of the most pressing concerns for parents. Both parents will likely want to play a significant role in the lives of their children. In some situations, one parent may worry that the other has an advantage that will affect court proceedings.

What factors guide Illinois courts when awarding alimony?

When an Illinois resident decides to seek a divorce, one of the first questions to be asked is will the court require one spouse to pay alimony. Alimony is more commonly referred to as spousal support or maintenance, but the factors that govern its award and the amount of support are spelled out in the state's statutes.

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