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John Nathan Cannon

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John graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1995. He then continued on to law school at Southern Il... (more)

Glenn O. Fuller

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Adoption, Children's Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           

Daniel L Gaumer

Real Estate, Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  47 Years

Franklin Hays Byers

Motor Vehicle, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           
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James Jankowicz

Government, Family Law, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

James Adam Jankowicz

Government, Family Law, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  43 Years

Andrew Douglas Bourey

Estate Planning, Family Law, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  21 Years

Philip John Tibbs

Employment, Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Jessica Jo Jolly

Federal Appellate Practice, Estate, Family Law, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

James Brinkoetter

Other, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  48 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

IN CAMERA

Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from t... (more...)
Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from the courtroom. Proceedings are often held in camera to protect victims and witnesses from public exposure, especially if the victim or witness is a child. There is still, however, a record made of the proceeding, typically by a court stenographer. The judge may decide to seal this record if the material is extremely sensitive or likely to prejudice one side or the other.

ADULTERY

Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. In many states, adultery is technically a crime, though people are ra... (more...)
Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. In many states, adultery is technically a crime, though people are rarely prosecuted for it. In states that have retained fault grounds for divorce, adultery is always sufficient grounds for a divorce. In addition, some states alter the distribution of property between divorcing spouses in cases of adultery, giving less to the 'cheating' spouse.

ANNULMENT

A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened. Annulments are rare since the advent of no-fault divorce but may be obtained ... (more...)
A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened. Annulments are rare since the advent of no-fault divorce but may be obtained in most states for one of the following reasons: misrepresentation, concealment (for example, of an addiction or criminal record), misunderstanding and refusal to consummate the marriage.

FOSTER CARE

Court-ordered care provided to children who are unable to live in their own homes, usually because their parents have abused or neglected them. Foster parents h... (more...)
Court-ordered care provided to children who are unable to live in their own homes, usually because their parents have abused or neglected them. Foster parents have a legal responsibility to care for their foster children, but do not have all the rights of a biological parent--for example, they may have limited rights to discipline the children, to raise them according to a certain religion or to authorize non-emergency medical procedures for them. The foster parents do not become the child's legal parents unless the biological parents' rights are terminated by a court and the foster parents adopt the child. This is not typically encouraged, as the goal of foster care is to provide temporary support for the children until they can be returned to their parents. See also foster child.

DIVORCE

The legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when that spouse files the divorce papers wit... (more...)
The legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when that spouse files the divorce papers with the court. These reasons are referred to as grounds for a divorce.

LEGAL RISK PLACEMENT

A type of adoption used by agencies to keep a child out of foster care during the adoption process. The child is placed with the adopting parents before the bir... (more...)
A type of adoption used by agencies to keep a child out of foster care during the adoption process. The child is placed with the adopting parents before the birthmother has legally given up her rights to raise the child. If she then decides not to relinquish her rights, the adopting parents must give the child back. This is a risk for the adopting parents, who may lose a child to whom they've become attached.

SOLE CUSTODY

An arrangement whereby only one parent has physical and legal custody of a child and the other parent has visitation rights.

RESPONDENT

A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must r... (more...)
A term used instead of defendant or appellee in some states -- especially for divorce and other family law cases -- to identify the party who is sued and must respond to the petitioner's complaint.

MARTIAL MISCONDUCT

See fault divorce.