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Kane County family law attorneyDivorce and family-related legal proceedings are difficult on all parties involved. It can get infinitely more challenging when a parent is struggling with mental illness. However, the mere existence of mental illness or neurological variance should not be grounds for loss of parental responsibilities, formerly called child custody. Every person is entitled to a fair evaluation of his or her legal competency.

Legal Competency

When a parent is mentally ill, the issue becomes one of mental capacity, which is used to determine a person’s legal capacity to parent. Unfortunately, many times, that capacity is assessed by outdated benchmarks, by biased people. Recent statistics by the National Council on Disability shows rates of child removal from a home where one parent has a psychiatric or intellectual disability are as high as 80 percent. This is manifestly unjust for both parent and child. A parent’s disability may be considered when determining the best environment for a child, but making a blanket determination without an appropriate review is wrong.

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DuPage County family law attorneysAlthough a divorce does, in effect, separate the family, it does not sever the tie between parents and child. Even in different homes, different cities, or different states, those familial bonds remain. More than that, a child's happiness and overall well-being often hinges on the continuance of a healthy and stable relationship with each parent. So, in most instances, life after divorce means learning how to successfully co-parent in a way that minimizes conflict but still ensures the child feels loved, valued, and connected to each parent. Not sure how to pave this path or where to even begin? The following tips may help.

What is Co-Parenting?

To truly understand how to successfully co-parent, you must first understand the concept. Different for every family in its structure and engagement, co-parenting is a relationship in which both parents have an active role in the day-to-day life of the child. This means that each parent should have contact, time, and decision-making power regarding important details of the child's life, such as their education, healthcare, religion, and extracurricular activities.

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adopting a child, Illinois family law attorneysThe decision to adopt a child brings together individuals who desire to become parents of children who are in need of loving homes. While adoption is often extraordinarily beneficial for all parties involved, the process of completing one can be very complex.

Who May Adopt

Under Illinois law, any reputable person of legal age who has lived continuously in Illinois for at least six months immediately prior to the beginning of the adoption proceeding may adopt. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States must be domiciled in Illinois for at least 90 days. A person's domicile is their true and permanent home, to which they intend to return to even though they may be currently living somewhere else.

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premarital agreement, prenuptial agreement, prenup, Illinois divorce lawyer, marriageA discussion with your fiancé about the settlement of financial matters in the event of a divorce or death, through a premarital agreement, may not be romantic, but it can be a great idea. Some people choose to enter into premarital agreements in order to protect a wide range of property and assets. In other cases, if there are children from a previous relationship involved, the natural parent can request a premarital agreement to protect these children in case of the parent's death.

What is a Premarital Agreement?

Illinois law defines a premarital agreement as an agreement that is entered into by two people who expect to get married, and is effective only if the couple marries. Many people refer to premarital agreements as prenuptial agreements, or prenups.

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marriage requirements, marriage license, Illinois marriage law, DuPage County attorney, prenuptial agreement

If you have found “the one,” the special person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life; if the ring has been purchased and your beloved has said “yes;” if you've already started planning the celebration of your big day, then an important next step is to examine the marriage requirements for the State of Illinois and make sure that you follow them before you take that trip down the aisle.

Getting the License

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