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July 2018 Archives

New law could create new embryo child custody challenges

A Southwestern state has passed a law focused on how to resolve disputes regarding frozen embryos. The issue has become the subject of debate in recent years, and various child custody cases have centered on whether one party has the right to use frozen embryos to have a child against the wishes of the other party. Now, at least in one state, the party who wishes to use the genetic material to create a child will have the upper hand. That has many in Illinois concerned.

Home improvement tv star facing child custody challenge

Some Illinois readers will be familiar with the work of Nicole Curtis, who stars on the home improvement reality tv show "Rehab Addict." Curtis has been involved in a lengthy child custody battle with her former partner, a businessman named Shane Maguire. In a recent filing, Maguire asked the court to grant him sole custody of their nearly 3-year-old son. 

Property division could mean health coverage for this couple

It's hard to believe, but there are some couples in Illinois and beyond who end up divorcing when that's the last thing they want to do. Virtually every time, the reason behind such a decision is a financial one. In this case, a couple is considering divorce to make sure their special needs child has the medical coverage she needs. It turns out that strategic property division could allow the child's mother to qualify for Medicaid coverage. 

How to handle your spouse's defiance of your divorce orders

After you have done everything possible to achieve a fair and agreeable divorce settlement, you may think your work is done, and your former spouse will simply obey the order and comply with its obligations. This means you will receive any child support payments on time, your spouse will follow the parenting plan, you will obtain your share of the marital assets and your spouse will pay his or her share of your joint debts. There may also be additional stipulations in your unique agreement.

The role of data protection in high asset divorce

Technology has truly changed our lives for the better in countless ways. There are areas, however, where the benefits of technology can pose a problem. An example lies in high asset divorce, where technology can provide a soon-to-be-ex with a wealth of information that can be used against their partner during the divorce process. It is absolutely critical to protect personal data during and after an Illinois divorce.