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What Is a Second Parent Adoption?

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Second Parent Adoptions are typically done when a spouse has a child from a previous relationship and the circumstances allow that child to be adopted by the other spouse.  As an example:  Wife and Husband get married and Wife has a child from a previous relationship.  Wife wants Husband to adopt this child which can

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10 Things To Do If Your Spouse Is About To File for Divorce

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If you’re convinced that your marriage is irretrievably broken and divorce is coming, there are things you can do now to prepare and protect yourself in the divorce process. Here are 10 steps to take if you believe your spouse is about to file for divorce: 1. Consult a Divorce Attorney Start doing research on

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Cohabitation Agreements and What Millennials Need to Know

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A cohabitation agreement is an agreement or contract entered into between two people living together in the same household who are in a romantic relationship but not married. With more millennial couples choosing to live together, whether planning to marry or not, commingling property can get complicated in the event the relationship ends.  A pre-nuptial

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Planning to Remarry? Advice from a Divorce Lawyer

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When going through a divorce it’s not uncommon to think “I never want to get married again!” But later, you may fall in love again and be ready to venture into marriage again. If you are planning to remarry, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced divorce attorney to discuss timing, any

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Divorce Mediation vs. Divorce Court

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While doing an initial consultation with an individual looking to get divorced, I have found it is common to get questions about whether it is possible for a divorcing couple to work together with an attorney to do a collaborative divorce, often in an effort to reduce costs or speed up the process. While considering

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Spousal Maintenance When Your Ex Refuses to Work

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No one likes to pay spousal maintenance (formally called “alimony” or referred to as spousal support). When you are employed and your ex refuses to work, there is a greater reluctance to want to pay maintenance. In Chicago divorces, there is a difference in how judges will treat the situation of a non-working spouse though

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