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What You Should Know About Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity in Illinois

Whether you are married, in an unmarried relationship, going through a divorce, or share a child with your ex-spouse after getting re-married, it is important for you as a father to establish paternity. This legal process is necessary as it protects your child’s rights, as well as your rights as their father. Without establishing paternity, your privileges and rights as a parent may be at stake. Moreover, your child may not be able to reap medical, monetary, and inheritance benefits that they may avail as your next of kin. Understanding Volun... Read more

New Changes to Illinois Child Support Law

If you are a parent going through a legal separation or divorce, you need to understand how a child support order may affect you in the future. Generally, a parent having the custody of the child(ren) receives regular payments from the non-custodial parent to help with their upbringing. In Illinois, previously child support calculations are based on a set formula that is based on two primary factors: The number of children The net income of the paying spouse or supporting parent   Courts also used to consider several other factors, but t... Read more

How an Attorney Can Help Avoid Real Estate Scams

Unfortunately, real estate fraud continues to prevail in the United States with scam artists using new ways to rob homebuyers and sellers of their property and money. People planning to or engaged in a real estate deal must be careful, and make sure that all parties involved are legit to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Real estate scams are generally subtle and it is difficult for an inexperienced person to spot whether they are being scammed or not. Involving an experienced real estate attorney is always a good idea to protect yourself from ... Read more

Property Disputes Between Neighbors in Illinois

Most people try to be good neighbors and tend to ignore small issues that may arise every now and then. However, some people, intentionally or unintentionally, breach into their neighbor’s property line by constructing a structure, like a home extension or a fence, which results in a property dispute. While there are ways to resolve this problem, for example getting a land survey, people tend to take the issue to court to determine who actually owns the part of the property. Defining Property Lines and Boundaries Essentially, the lines on the... Read more

New Changes to Illinois Divorce Law

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) underwent drastic changes, and were put into effect on January 1, 2016. The new statutes have changed the way divorce and related matters in family law cases used to be handled. The alterations in the IMDMA were made by taking into account the changes occurred in society and families over the passage of time. Here we have discussed the major changes and how they affect the divorce process in Illinois: Grounds for Divorce Before the IMDMA was modified, couples can file for divorce bas... Read more

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Prenuptial Agreements in Illinois

A prenuptial agreement is a set of provisions, detailing out how they will deal with the division of property, debts, and other financial issues in case they decide to dissolve their marriage later on. It goes into effect after the couple is married. Nowadays, more and more couples are going for prenuptial agreements as compared to couples from a decade ago. A prenup no longer serves as a means of protection for the rich, as they are being used by couples belonging to different income brackets protect their separate property in the event of div... Read more

Essential Documents You Need to Organize for Selling Your Home

Closing the deal can be a stressful and difficult part of your real estate transaction. To ensure a smooth process, it is a good idea to organize all the important documents before listing your home. While having an impressive home is definitely a huge plus, buyers are always inclined towards reviewing original documentation before thinking about finalizing the deal. Here we have made a list of documents that you should have on hand to ensure a hassle-free transaction. Organizing Key Documentation Before Putting Your Home Up For Sale It is bett... Read more

Divorce vs. Legal Separation – What is the Difference?

It can be confusing to decide whether you should get a divorce or legal separation. Most people use the terms interchangeably, thinking they serve the same purpose. However, that is not true, and there are some key differences between the two legal options. To make an informed decision, it is essential to understand the emotional effects and legalities of each possibility. What is Divorce? Divorce refers to the complete dissolution of a marriage. It involves ending all legal responsibility, obligations, and matrimonial bonds or duties between t... Read more

How to Get Out of a Timeshare Contract

Buying a timeshare appears to be an alluring prospect, but you need to understand that many people go through buyer’s remorse after signing the dotted line. At the time of signing, the amenities look great, prices seem unbeatable, and the thought of owning a share in a vacation home at your favorite getaway destination makes the offer irresistible. Though timeshares work out fine for some people, others soon realize that they may not get the benefits as advertised to them. At that point, you may want to pull out your investment and back out o... Read more

What is the Legal Action for Missed Child Support Payments?

Divorced couples that contest for child custody can have themselves quarreling over child support. A parent can claim that the other is being unfair, which is why there are strict laws all over the United States which regulate the payment and collection of child support. Here is how the parent should proceed in case they haven’t received the child support amount. Must be Legally Bound The United States Law clearly states that for the legal enforcement of child support payments, there must be a court issued child support award for the parent. ... Read more