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adopting my stepchild

What Is Involved In Adopting My Stepchild?

For the most part, adopting a stepchild is much like adopting any other child. In fact, sometimes the process can be expedited since the child and your spouse are related. But the biggest difference between adopting a stepchild and any other adoption can often be the biggest hurdle to overcome: you need permission from the

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Divorcing An Absent Spouse

Divorcing An Absent Spouse

It can be hard enough to come to an agreement with your spouse that it’s time to end the marriage, but what if your spouse skipped town, and you have no idea where they might be? If you’re ready to move on with your life after that marriage, but can’t find your spouse, you can

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Need Help With Fees For Summer Camps And Activities?

It is that time of year – time to sign the kids up for the summer camps and activities to keep them busy while they are out of school. But if you are dealing with an ex-spouse, this can be difficult. Learn more from Barbara Sherer here. If you are the parent receiving child support, and

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temporary support

How Do I Get Temporary Support Until My Divorce Is Final?

Divorce agreements commonly include orders for alimony and/or child support, but the divorce process can take months, or even years, to complete. So what do you do if you can’t wait that long to pay your bills? Fortunately, you can file a petition for temporary relief. Once the court receives the proper form (which varies,

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Child Support Changes In Illinois

Child Support Changes In Illinois

In the past, when a couple with children got divorced, one parent (the non-custodial parent) would be made to pay child support to the custodial parent. But in 2016, Illinois changed its divorce law to exclude titles like “custodial” and “non-custodial.” Instead there is only “parental responsibilities” and also “parenting time,” which get divvied up

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Divorcing Couples

What Divorcing Couples Should Know About A Jointly-Owned Business

In 2007, the Census Bureau estimated that approximately 3.7 million businesses were co-owned by spouses, and as more people start their own businesses, that number has likely only gone up. That’s great if couples can successfully work together, but what if you get divorced? Can the business survive? Do one or both of you need

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How is Social Media a Contributing Factor in Divorces Today?

Social media has quickly grown from something only a few college kids did to something that impacts every area of our lives – from our jobs to our ability to obtain a loan and, yes, even our divorces. One of the most common pieces of advice regarding social media is to refrain from posting anything

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Concerned About Attorney’s Fees During Divorce?

Barb Sherer discusses what other options you have during divorce that will help cut down on your attorney’s fees. You have many options during your divorce. One of them is mediation. During this process, you work together to determine parenting time and so on.   Sherer Law Offices in Edwardsville, Illinois is sincerely committed to

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LGBTQ Rights in Illinois

LGBTQ Rights in Illinois

Family law for the LGBTQ community drastically changed with the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2015. This is the day the Court ordered that every state must recognize same-sex marriage. Up to this point, same-sex marriage caused inconsistency and confusion from state to state. With the supreme court decision,

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Does Cohabitation End Spousal Support?

Your divorce is final. All the judgements have been entered, the custody battles have ended, and the support payments have started. You are eager to move on with your life and find someone new to spend your time with. If you depend on your support payments, you must be careful if things begin to get

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