The holiday season has officially begun, and many shoppers have already decided what they are giving their loved ones this year. For some, however, welcoming a child into their home is the greatest gift of all.
There are many divorce and family law cases where a guardian ad litem is appointed to sit in on a case on behalf of the divorcing couple’s child or children. In most guardianship cases, the guardian ad litem can be appointed at no cost, or volunteers from the Community Law Program at Loyola’s Law School can be appointed.
The birth of a child is a great milestone in one’s life. Typically, both parents are excited and eager bring their bundle of joy into the world. However, in many cases, there are childbirths that bring about legal affairs, including lack of knowledge of the biological father, or the unwillingness of one to pay child support. There is a possibility that each parent may disestablish paternity if there is belief that the alleged father is not actually the legal parent.
Depending on how strong a relationship is between a father and a mother, the level of interaction between parents can greatly impact a child’s quality of life. Moreover, the addition of child support payments and other parental responsibilities can play a heavy toll on finances and emotions for both the affected parents and the child.
Marriage is a huge milestone for couples. A lot of time and money is spent planning a wedding, and for everything to go as planned. Yet while a wedding makes for a very exciting day, there are several legal matters that need to be taken care of as well.
There is a lot of information that many people may not be aware of with regard to domestic partnerships and civil unions. In order to file for a civil union partnership certificate, depending on the living situation, one needs to thoroughly understand the process. One also needs to know how to apply for a domestic partnership, depending on his or her circumstances.
The process of establishing paternity can be very complex, with many steps to follow. However, this process is not impossible. The parents need to know how to navigate through the steps to ensure legal paternity for their child, and to establish healthy and mature relationships for the years to come.
As a divorced parent, you have probably had to work through a number of uncomfortable conversations with your child. You may have been the one to break the news of your divorce to him or her and, in the time since, you may have answered dozens—if not hundreds—of questions about the future. Now, as you consider getting remarried, you will need to address difficult topics with your child once again.
It is no secret that a divorce can be an incredibly stressful time for families. While a couple may have to deal with the grief and sadness of a failed relationship—not to mention the challenges of the divorce process itself—those with children must also manage the transition into a new familial structure.
Depending on the family dynamics, grandparents may find themselves at the mercy of the parents of the grandchildren in question when it comes to the issue of visitation. Under Illinois law, grandparents have a limited right to request court-ordered visitation privileges with their grandchildren. State law also recognizes a parent’s fundamental right to the final decisions regarding how and where their children are raised and who may have access to them while they are minors. From a legal standpoint, however, the rights of both parents and grandparents are always viewed in tandem with what is in the best interest of the child. Situations do arise in which the best interest of the child may need to be decided by a family court.