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While the birth of a child is a joyous time, one critical legal matter surfaces almost immediately. The establishment of paternity is necessary for a variety of reasons and can be a contentious procedure in some circumstances. 

When a child’s parents are unmarried or not in a civil union, the father is not automatically designated as the child’s legal parent, even when the parents reside together or plan to marry. The father’s name will not be placed on the child’s birth certificate until paternity is officially established.

To ensure every procedure is followed correctly and that your rights are protected, regardless of the complexity of your situation, you are best served by having a family law attorney handle the legal aspects of your paternity case.

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Adopting a child is one of the most wonderful things a person can experience, but because of the arduous legal path one must travel to get there, it can also be one of the most exhausting. Whether you go through the adoption process with the Illinois Department of children & Family Services (DCFS), work with one of the many adoption agencies in Chicago and the surrounding areas, or plan to adopt a step-child or complete a private adoption with someone you know, you will want to have an experienced adoption lawyer on your side. 

adoption is an intricate legal process, and because of that, it is essential to enlist the services of an adoption attorney . An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your legal requirements and provide representation throughout the adoption process. In some cases, DCFS provides reimbursement for the legal fees of adoptive parents.

What Does an adoption Lawyer Do? 

A skilled adoption attorney can help ensure there are no mistakes along the way that can add time to an already lengthy process. An adoption law professional will: 

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Hinsdale spousal maintenance attorney At the beginning of 2019, some significant alteration to federal and state divorce laws went into effect. These changes impact spousal maintenance, previously known as spousal support or alimony in Illinois. Spousal maintenance is a recurring payment from one former spouse to another after a divorce , typically provided by the higher-earning individual for a determined period of time. It allows a lesser-earning ex-spouse time to build a new life on their own. The duration that spousal maintenance is paid largely depends on the length of the marriage.

Eligibility for Spousal Maintenance 

A judge will consider various factors when determining whether to award alimony to a spouse, including:

  • Each spouse’s income, property, needs, and earning capacity
  • the standard of living achieved while the couple was married
  • Any contributions of an ex-spouse to the education and career of the higher-earning former partner
  • the time a maintenance recipient needs to obtain education, training, and employment to support themselves in full.
  • the tax impact of property division in the couple’s divorce decree.

Spousal Support Changes in 2019

Changes to 750 ILCS 5/504 dictate that for divorce s completed on or after January 1, 2019, the amount of spousal support payments will be calculated by subtracting 25 percent of the recipient’s net income from 33.3 percent of the payor’s net income. this differs from the previous model, in which 20 percent of the recipient’s gross income was subtracted from 30 percent of the payor’s gross income. 

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When you filed for divorce , you probably did all the“right”and “expected” things: you hired an excellent lawyer, read suggested books or articles, and logically prepared for your post-divorce life. But when it comes to divorce , you can do all the“right things”and still spiral emotionally. After all, your life is changing forever. this is a stressful and emotionally taxing experience even when the legal process is going smoothly.

the only way to move forward is to shake up your life in a positive way.Your depression may be difficult to escape because your divorce is naturally affecting so many aspects of your life. To help you discover new and constructive experiences, the Illinois divorce attorney s at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have created this list of tips to help you deal with divorce depression.

Tip #1: (Re)discover a New Hobby

It can be difficult to find time for yourself when you're going through a divorce , working, and raising children . But this could be the perfecttime to rediscover a beloved hobby that's been put aside for way too long. Alternatively, you can also discover a new hobby by looking online or experimenting with classes. Maybe you can even learn a new language r instrument you've always been interested in. By staying busy and exploring yourself, you can rediscover confidence and maybe develop some new personal connections.

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Each November, countless families across the country come together to celebrate their blessings and eat a hearty Thanksgiving feast. But, like most holidays, Thanksgiving can be an extremely difficult and emotional experience for the recently divorce d. For the first time in a long time, you may be alone on a day that glorifies the ideals of “family” and “togetherness.”It's completely natural to feel a little glum.

To help you find a little comfort this holiday season, the Illinois divorce attorney s at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have completed this Thanksgiving survival guide.

Take Action & Avoid Depression

It's hard to feel excited about a home cooked meal when your ex-spouse and children won't be at the table. For people readjusting to single life, it can be difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone enjoy a family-based holiday. Even so, you can still embrace the spirit of the day and summon the energy to create new Thanksgiving traditions.

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