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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

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134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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Phone: 630-443-0600

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Phone: 630-420-1000
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Bloomingdale guardianship attorney

Under Illinois law, a person other than a child's legal parent may be appointed to act as their legal guardian. While guardianship is considered a separate type of legal proceeding from the dissolution of marriage, the issue may arise when a minor child's legal parent is going through a divorce. Guardianship can be sought by grandparents, even when the legal parents are not divorcing or planning to end their marriage.

Why a Grandparent May Need Guardianship

There are many reasons why a grandparent may need guardianship. The grandparent may be taking care of the minor child after the divorce of the child's parents, and they may need the legal authority to make decisions that affect the child’s life. For example, legal guardianship may be required to include the child in the grandparent’s insurance coverage or to register the child in school.

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The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Islamic religious authorities have conducted a mass marriage ceremony involving over 1000 couples in Kano, Nigeria. Amongst the reasons given for conducting the mass ceremony were: financial protection for widows and divorcees; children being born out of wedlock; a rise in illicit behavior like drinking and prostitution; and as relief for less affluent bachelors who wish to marry. Under Nigerian custom, a dowry must be paid to the bride in order to marry, in addition to costly ceremonies leading up to the wedding. Bachelors, too poor to afford the price of marriage, are reportedly resorting to the less-expensive option of prostitutes.

Comity IMAGEAnd many prostitutes themselves are being swept up in mass weddings like these (which are becoming more and more frequent; according to Deputy Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, nearly 4500 couples have been married in mass ceremonies in the last 18 months). Most couples welcome the opportunity to marry so inexpensively. However, convicted prostitutes are given the choice to either go to jail or get married. Many choose to get married.

This story raises interesting questions about foreign marriage. Many who marry outside of the US intend for a “destination wedding,” and expect their marriage to be recognized once they reach stateside. Others have their marriages arranged for them, and then come to the US. Others still are, based on the above reported story, coerced into marrying against their will in foreign nations where local custom recognizes such marriages. The question, then, is this: what makes a foreign marriage valid in the US?

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Divorce is a headache. Like in all legal matters, you can choose to represent yourself. This will save on lawyer’s fees and you will have more control over your case’s strategy. Most people going into divorce are doing it for the first time though, and hopefully will never do it again. This lack of experience can lead to serious pitfalls, which an experienced Illinois family law attorney knows to avoid.

Heartbroken Divorced CoupleAssuming you hire an attorney to represent you in your divorce, you may still be in for a headache. The process could take months or years, and you will likely disagree with your ex about a number of things. The uncertainty and confusion can be daunting. What can be even more confusing is issues of jurisdiction. To put it another way, do you know if it is even possible for you to get a divorce in Illinois? And, if so, will it be valid everywhere?

Divorce and the Constitution

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Whether you are going through a divorce, injured in an accident, need to file a workers' compensation claim, charged with a crime, immigrating to the United States, or need to file for bankruptcy, Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help. Our trial lawyers have over 40 years of experience helping clients throughout Northern Illinois from five offices in Lombard, Bloomindale, Naperville, St. Charles, and Chicago.

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