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Posted on in Annulments

annulment, divorce, matrimonial lawyer, Illinois family lawyer, Palatine family law attorneyprevious post on this blog discussed the concept of legal separation and why some people may consider it a more desirable option than divorce. For some people, however, neither option is desirable; instead, they may want an annulment.

What is Annulment?

When most people think of an annulment (now legally called a Declaration of Invalidity in Illinois), they think of it in a religious context. Some churches, such as the Catholic Church, prohibit divorcees from getting remarried until their ex-spouse dies (thus severing the marriage in the eyes of the church, thanks to the vow of “’til death do us part” literally coming true) or the marriage is annulled by the church. In these instances, the marriage is deemed null and void in the eyes of the church, as though it never happened.

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Posted on in Divorce

file for divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer, Palatine divorce attorney, Illinois divorce, marriageWhile filing for a divorce is never easy, there are several things that you can do to make the process easier. According to Forbes magazine, you can give yourself a significant advantage in a divorce proceeding by filing first.

Being first to file for divorce has a few legal advantages in Illinois. Firstly, if you and your spouse have been separated and live in different counties, filing first allows you to have the divorce decided in the jurisdiction where you reside. Additionally, it allows you to be the first person to present your case at trial, if you should choose to do so.

Choosing to be the first to file for a divorce has several other serious advantages as well. First of all, you can assemble a file with copies of all of your important paperwork, including bank and income statements for both you and your spouse. This may prevent your spouse from attempting to hide assets later. It also allows you the time you need to prepare for the financial impact that divorce will have on your life, as well as save the funds you will need to hire your qualified divorce team.

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Posted on in Adoption

adoption, step parent, step children, Palatine adoption

Modern families come in many different shapes and sizes. For example, non-married partners divorce or break-up after having children. Later, these individuals may find someone new and create mixed families with children living with step-parents with which they are not biologically related. In certain cases, the new partner may want to adopt his/her partner’s children.

Before taking any action regarding adoptions, however, you should consider all the legal ramifications that accompany step-parent adoption.

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