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A guardian has the same responsibilities to a child as a child’s biological parent. An individual may obtain legal guardianship of a child in Illinois because a child’s biological parents cannot properly care for them, a child’s biological parents passed away in a tragic accident, a minor child is living with a disability, or senior adults do not have the ability to care for themselves.
Types of Guardianships
In Illinois, an individual can become a permanent legal guardian, a guardian ad litem, a standby guardian, or a short-term guardian. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these four types of guardianships are defined.
Hollywood often portrays divorce as simple and clear-cut, but real-life divorce is rarely straightforward. The reasons, though irrelevant in the courtroom, are often complex and multi-faceted, and couples often experience intense emotions. Also, contrary to the myth, some couples divorce but still love one another. How do you navigate such a painful process when you still have feelings for your spouse? The following explains, and it provides you with some valuable information on the Illinois divorce process.
Love and Divorce
Loving a spouse does not mean divorce is off the table. In fact, many marriages end, despite a shared love between the parties. Some begin to recognize that the relationship is toxic. Others may feel as though they are being held back by their spouse’s lack of ambition or adventure. Some have started to realize they would be happier on their own.
Despite your best efforts, your family law case may not have gone your way. Perhaps you received an unfavorable ruling on some key points in your divorce, or maybe you lost because of a default ruling. Alternatively, your case may have been mishandled by a judge that made a mistake or did not fully understand your situation. Whatever the reason behind your unfavorable ruling, you may still have options. The following explains these options, and details how you can ensure you have the protection and representation you need and deserve along the way.
Appealing a Default Judgement
Typically, defendants have only 30 days to respond to a family law petition. Failure to do so can result in a default judgement, which essentially means the plaintiff’s wishes are granted. Your own concerns - including any that you may contest - are not heard. Thankfully, it may be possible to have the default judgement reversed.
As the calendar turns, signifying yet another year, Illinois will be making some changes to family law. If you are preparing for a divorce in 2017, learn what these changes might mean for your case, and how you can effectively prepare for them with the experienced assistance of a legal professional. The following also contains important information how those who already pay or receive child support may be impacted by the change.
How Child Support Calculation is Changing
In August of 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that changed two specific areas of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) - 750 ILCS 5/505 and 750 ILCS 5/510. These areas pertain to how child support is calculated during the divorce process.
Senate Bill 57 has brought about a lot of changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA); focus is now clearly set to ensure that the best interest of children take priority, and removal of certain terms and legal barriers are meant to reduce anger and squabbling during proceedings. However, there are still some matters that fathers should address with due diligence once the papers have been served.
Read (and Make Sure You Understand) Everything
Divorce paperwork can be lengthy, boring, and a little confusing at times. But this packet outlines all the information submitted by your soon-to-be ex-spouse, including their terms of relocation, child support, and the allotment of parenting time. Failure to thoroughly read and understand this paperwork can have drastic consequences, especially for those with a disgruntled or vindictive spouse; knowing what you are up against is your first and most important line of defense.