Civil Unions vs. Marriage: What’s the difference?

“Marriage” is the voluntary union of one person to another.[1] According to the state of Illinois, a “civil union” is a legal relationship between 2 persons, of either the same or opposite sex.[2] For purposes of comparison, a domestic partnership in California is defined as “two adults who have chosen to share one another’s lives …

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Leveling the Playing Field by Recovering Attorney Fees

Does Recovering Attorney Fees from the Opposing Party Diminish the Importance of our Adversarial System? Well known to Illinois attorneys and most clients is that a party may seek attorney fees from the opposing party pre or post-divorce decree. 750 ILCS sections 501, 503, and 508 provide the relevant parts to seek attorney fees. Likewise, …

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Obtaining and Enforcing Orders of Protection in Illinois

Orders of Protection: an overview Issuance of an order of protection is authorized by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (750 ILCS 60/101 et seq). An order of protection is a legal and enforceable document, issued by a court, to protect abused or harassed family or household members from domestic violence. Who may obtain an Order …

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Modification of Child Support In Illinois

Statutory Requirements for Modification of Child Support In Illinois a supporting parent’s child support obligation can always be modified. Section 510(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (the Act) provides that a child support obligation can be increased or decreased only upon a showing of “substantial change” in circumstances. In Illinois, only …

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