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Thomas  Laye Lawyer

Thomas Laye

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Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt, Business

Thomas was born and raised in Cherry Valley, Illinois. He attended Western Illinois University where he received his Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement a... (more)

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Keith Morse

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Divorce & Family Law, Collaborative Law, Wills & Probate

Attorney Keith S. Morse has more than 45 years of experience representing clients in a diverse range of practice areas. Drawing on his various experie... (more)

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815-967-5000

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Robert Eugene Canfield

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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Estate, Corporate, Real Estate

Attorney Robert (Bob) Canfield was born and raised in Rockford, IL. He graduated from Guilford High School in 1965. After joining the Army in Februa... (more)

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800-804-1081

Michael Jonathan Smith Lawyer

Michael Jonathan Smith

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Divorce & Family Law, Adoption, Family Law, Divorce

Attorney Michael J. Smith was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1973. He then attended Murray Stat... (more)

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Jeffrey Hammerlund

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Divorce & Family Law, Real Estate, Criminal, Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute

Jeffery B. Hammerlund is a solo practitioner with over 30 years of experience, Jeff practices in 17 counties in Illinois. His legal practice handle... (more)

Alicia Oliver Leonard

Family Law, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal
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George P. Hampilos

Child Support, Corporate, Business Organization, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

James T. Zuba

Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  36 Years

David L Davitt

Government Agencies, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Banking & Finance
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  41 Years

Tamika Renae Walker

Traffic, Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal
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LEGAL TERMS

CONSUMMATION

The actualization of a marriage. Sexual intercourse is required to 'consummate' a marriage. Failure to do so is grounds for divorce or annulment.

INCURABLE INSANITY

A legal reason for obtaining either a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of... (more...)
A legal reason for obtaining either a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of the spouse being divorced and that the insanity is incurable.

GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE

Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guar... (more...)
Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guardian of the estate may also be called a 'property guardian' or 'financial guardian.' See also guardian.

BEST INTERESTS (OF THE CHILD)

The test that courts use when deciding who will take care of a child. For instance, an adoption is allowed only when a court declares it to be in the best inter... (more...)
The test that courts use when deciding who will take care of a child. For instance, an adoption is allowed only when a court declares it to be in the best interests of the child. Similarly, when asked to decide on custody issues in a divorce case, the judge will base his or her decision on the child's best interests. And the same test is used when judges decide whether a child should be removed from a parent's home because of neglect or abuse. Factors considered by the court in deciding the best interests of a child include: age and sex of the child mental and physical health of the child mental and physical health of the parents lifestyle and other social factors of the parents emotional ties between the parents and the child ability of the parents to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing and medical care established living pattern for the child concerning school, home, community and religious institution quality of schooling, and the child's preference.

SOLE CUSTODY

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

NO-FAULT DIVORCE

Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along... (more...)
Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along. Until no-fault divorce arrived in the 1970s, the only way a person could get a divorce was to prove that the other spouse was at fault for the marriage not working. No-fault divorces are usually granted for reasons such as incompatibility, irreconcilable differences, or irretrievable or irremediable breakdown of the marriage. Also, some states allow incurable insanity as a basis for a no-fault divorce. Compare fault divorce.

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.

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

PHYSICAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation of a parent to have his child live with him. Compare legal custody.