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Colleen  Thomas Lawyer

Colleen Thomas

Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Child Support, Adoption

Thomas Law Office is a family law practice that handles divorce and bankruptcy cases, as well as child custody, child support, adoptions and more. For... (more)

Rory Thomas Weiler Lawyer

Rory Thomas Weiler

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Child Custody, Paternity

Rory T. Weiler is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) who concentrates his practice in family law, with an emphasis on case... (more)

Matthew G. Shaw Lawyer

Matthew G. Shaw

VERIFIED
Divorce & Family Law, Alimony & Spousal Support, Mediation, Custody & Visitation, Child Support
Kane County Divorce Lawyers | St. Charles IL Child Custody Attorneys | Family Law

Having previously practiced in general and family law practices, and having served as the child support attorney for Kane County Circuit Court Clerks ... (more)

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Tricia Dawn Goostree Lawyer

Tricia Dawn Goostree

Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support

Tricia D. Goostree knew she wanted to be an attorney since she was a little girl. She was selected for Eastern Illinois University's mock trial in col... (more)

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Otto S. Hurtado Lawyer

Otto S. Hurtado

Divorce & Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody, Custody & Visitation, Collaborative Law

Otto S. Hurtado is an experienced family law attorney. He is certified as a Family Law Mediator and Guardian ad Litem. Mr. Hurtado is a Graduate of th... (more)

Emily J. Rapp Lawyer

Emily J. Rapp

Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Custody & Visitation, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

Emily J. Rapp is a well-respected family law and estate planning attorney who represents clients throughout Kane County, DuPage County, and Kendall Co... (more)

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630-402-0185

Elizabeth Felt Wakeman Lawyer

Elizabeth Felt Wakeman

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Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law

Wakeman Law Group, PC focuses on the events that take people to court such as family law and personal injury issues. Liz strives to find ways to he... (more)

Jonathan G. Anderson Lawyer

Jonathan G. Anderson

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Criminal, Child Custody

Jonathan Anderson is the principal attorney and founder of Anderson & Associates, P.C. Mr. Anderson guided the growth of this family law firm from a o... (more)

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847-995-9999

Kurt  Carlson Lawyer

Kurt Carlson

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Custody & Visitation, Real Estate, Business
Wheaton Divorce Attorney | DuPage County Divorce Lawyers | Wheaton Wills & Trusts Attorney | IL

As a private practitioner in DuPage County, I continued practicing in these fields, and added representation of clients in divorce and other domestic ... (more)

Andrew P. Cores Lawyer

Andrew P. Cores

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Divorce & Family Law, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Custody, Child Support, Paternity

Andrew concentrates his family law practice in divorce, alimony and spousal support, child support, collaborative law, custody, prenuptial agreements,... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

SICK LEAVE

Time off work for illness. Most employers provide for some paid sick leave, although no law requires them to do so. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, howe... (more...)
Time off work for illness. Most employers provide for some paid sick leave, although no law requires them to do so. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, however, a worker is guaranteed up to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for severe or lasting illnesses.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court... (more...)
A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court. Many divorces proceed this way when the spouses have worked everything out and there's no reason for both to go to court -- and pay the court costs.

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE

In some states, a type of marriage in which couples can become legally married by living together for a long period of time, representing themselves as a marrie... (more...)
In some states, a type of marriage in which couples can become legally married by living together for a long period of time, representing themselves as a married couple and intending to be married. Contrary to popular belief, the couple must intend to be married and act as though they are for a common law marriage to take effect -- merely living together for a long time won't do it.

STIRPES

A term used in wills that refers to descendants of a common ancestor or branch of a family.

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds, court and whether requesting a fault divorce or ... (more...)
Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds, court and whether requesting a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM

A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. Fo... (more...)
A person, not necessarily a lawyer, who is appointed by a court to represent and protect the interests of a child or an incapacitated adult during a lawsuit. For example, a guardian ad litem (GAL) may be appointed to represent the interests of a child whose parents are locked in a contentious battle for custody, or to protect a child's interests in a lawsuit where there are allegations of child abuse. The GAL may conduct interviews and investigations, make reports to the court and participate in court hearings or mediation sessions. Sometimes called court-appointed special advocates (CASAs).

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.

VISITATION RIGHTS

The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation... (more...)
The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation rights only if it decides that visitation would hurt the child so much that the parent should be kept away.

ACCOMPANYING RELATIVE

An immediate family member of someone who immigrates to the United States. In most cases, a person who is eligible to receive some type of visa or green card ca... (more...)
An immediate family member of someone who immigrates to the United States. In most cases, a person who is eligible to receive some type of visa or green card can also obtain green cards or similar visas for accompanying relatives. Accompanying relatives include spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Sophia GL

... Judge Love did not respond. On September 13, 2006, Andrew filed a contest to registration of the Indiana child custody determination. ... It's anticipated under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act that Judges are supposed to talk to one another. ...

In re Custody of MCC

... 518, 544 NE2d 1293. It is clear, however, that physical custody is not determined based on physical possession of the child at time the custody petition is filed. ... 690, 491 NE2d 1150 (1986) (standing "should not turn on" who had the child when the custody petition was filed). ...

Smith v. Freeman

... 1072 In Sorenson, a petition for dissolution of marriage was at issue, including child custody. ... 640, 487 NE2d 84. Moreover, since the circuit court retains jurisdiction during the child's minority, this serves as an added protection in child custody cases. ...

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