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Can I Get Granted Visitation Rights to My Step-Children if Their Parent and I Divorce?

Parental Responsibility cases can be ugly between divorcing biological parents. But when a biological parent and a step-parent get divorced, does that step-parent have legal visitation rights? The answer depends on what state you live in. In general, step-parents seeking visitation rights are facing an uphill battle if the biological parent is still living and …

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What is Required for Planning for A Special Needs Child During Divorce?

There are very few things that are harder to deal with when going through a divorce than planning for your children’s future when you have a special needs child. The burden of supporting your child on the day-to-day basis can fall squarely on your shoulders as the parent with the majority of parenting time. The …

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Abuse of Allocated Parenting Time in The State Of Illinois

In this video, Barbara Sherer shares some of the highlights and changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act that took place in January 2016. She is particularly focusing on the abuse of allocated parenting time. For example, if you are being denied parenting time, you need to reach out to the other parent showing …

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What Are the Types of Maintenance/Alimony in The State of Illinois? What If I Want to Change Them?

In the state of Illinois, maintenance, also known as alimony, can be awarded to a spouse either by agreement between the parties or court-ordered by a judge in the dissolution of a marriage or a legal separation.  The judge decides what type of maintenance the spouse will receive, the amount of time they will receive …

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Grandparents Rights: What Happens if You Are Denied Access to Your Grandchildren?

Illinois law states that grandparent visitation is a privilege, not a right. Under Illinois statute 750 ILCS5/602.9, you have the right to go to court and seek visitation, but the court is not required to grant it to you. Under Illinois law, you must show the court that a parent of the child has denied …

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