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Divorce When One Spouse is Pregnant

 Posted on July 12, 2023 in Family Law Blog

Lombard Paternity LawyerSometimes the best thing to do for yourselves and your child is to separate and begin the divorce process. It can be emotionally and legally challenging to get a divorce while a female spouse is pregnant. If your relationship with your child’s mother is ending in a difficult divorce, she may be motivated to keep you out of her life - and therefore, her child’s life. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to assert your rights as a parent. Even if your divorce finalizes before the child is born, you will likely still be considered a legal parent to that child. This remains true if the child is not biologically yours, but was meant to be the child of both of you. If you will need the court to intervene, it is best to work with an attorney. There are some steps that must be taken promptly, and an attorney can guide you through the process. 

Will My Unborn Child Legally be My Child?

If your child is born within 300 days of the date your divorce was finalized, your child can likely be automatically deemed your legal child. This is true for same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. Generally, the state will presume that if a person became pregnant during their marriage, the child is that of both spouses. 

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What Are Temporary Orders in an Illinois Divorce?

 Posted on June 30, 2023 in Family Law Blog

Wheaton Divorce LaweyrWhen a couple decides to divorce, there may be a significant amount of time between the filing of the petition and the final decree being issued, depending on the marital issues the couple needs to dissolve. However, there are often immediate issues that do need to be addressed. Temporary orders are court-issued directives that address these issues while the divorce is pending. These orders establish temporary arrangements and provide guidelines until the final decree is issued. The following is a brief overview. For more detailed information concerning your circumstances, contact a Lombard divorce attorney.

Why You May Need Temporary Orders

The purpose of temporary orders is to maintain stability and address pressing issues that arise during the divorce process. They help establish temporary guidelines to address matters such as child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and the use of shared assets and properties.

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When Can Non-Parents File for Visitation Under Illinois Law?

 Posted on June 26, 2023 in Family Law Blog

Wheaton Parenting Time LawyerUnder Illinois law, when the parents of a child are no longer together, the court will issue an order that stipulates the allocation of parental responsibilities and what the parenting time schedule for the child will be. However, Illinois law also recognizes the importance of maintaining meaningful relationships between a child and non-parental figures who the child has a significant bond with. In these situations, that person can petition the court in order to seek visitation time with the child. The following are some of the relationships that may qualify.


Grandparents are one of the parties that have the right to petition the court in order to request visitation. The grandparent must be able to show the court that awarding visitation is in the child’s best interest. They must also be able to show one of the following conditions are met:

Signs it is Time to Consider a Guardianship for Your Elderly Relative

 Posted on June 20, 2023 in Estate Planning Blog

Wheaton Guardianship LawyerWhile most people would not want to be placed under a guardianship unless it were absolutely necessary, the fact is that in many cases, obtaining guardianship over an elderly loved one is truly necessary. When an older adult begins to lose the capacity to care for themselves or to manage their own healthcare and finances, initiating guardianship proceedings is often the best way to protect them. Having guardianship over your elderly family member can allow you to step in and begin making important decisions for them and managing their affairs. It is not an easy decision to make. Rather, making the choice to begin seeking guardianship can be emotionally fraught. You may feel as if you are taking their independence, when in fact, it is the natural effects of aging that have done so. 

A. Traub & Associates is committed to helping family members and loved ones of aging adults pursue guardianship as a means of protecting the elder. We understand the difficulty involved in making the decision to pursue guardianship and strive to maintain privacy and dignity for all involved. 

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Termination of Parental Rights in Illinois Adoption Cases

 Posted on June 08, 2023 in Family Law Blog

Lombard Family Law AttorneyIn the eyes of the law, a child can only have two parents. Although stepparents and other family members often play essential roles in a child’s life, they do not have the same rights and responsibilities as parents unless they formally adopt the child.

Whether you are interested in a relative adoption, private adoption, or another type of adoption, it is important to understand how the termination of parental rights may play a role in your case.

Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights

In some cases, a child’s parents willingly give up their parental rights. A parent may make the decision to surrender their parental rights if they suffer from severe substance abuse or other personal problems that make them unable to care for a child.

Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

In other cases, a parent’s parental rights are revoked against the parent’s will. Illinois courts only revoke parental rights if it is in the child's best interest. The courts want to keep families intact whenever possible. However, there are some situations in which it is better for the child if the parent’s parental rights are terminated.

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Leaving Money to a Non-Family Caregiver? Read Illinois Law First

 Posted on May 31, 2023 in Estate Planning Blog

DuPage County Estate Planning LawyerHome health aides, skilled care providers, personal care aides, and other types of home care workers provide a valuable service to individuals who require consistent, ongoing care. If you suffer from health conditions and require assistance with medical needs or daily living tasks, you may grow very close to your caregiver. You may even come to think of the caregiver as if he or she was family.

Some people wish to express their gratitude for a home care worker by leaving them an inheritance in an estate plan. If you intend to leave money or other property to a caregiver, it is very important that you understand how Illinois law addresses inheritance left to caregivers.

Presumptively Void Transfers to Caregivers

Many people who receive care from an in-home health worker have significant medical problems that may make them vulnerable to exploitation or abuse. In order to combat this, Illinois law has established strict rules regarding asset transfers to non-family caregivers.

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What Should I Do If My Child’s Other Parent Is Not Following the Parenting Time Schedule?

 Posted on May 25, 2023 in Family Law Blog

DuPage County Child Custody LawyerSeparated and divorced parents often worry about how the separation will impact their relationship with their children. It can be extremely hard for a parent who is used to tucking their child into bed every night to go days or weeks without seeing the child.

Most divorced parents are subject to a parenting time schedule that describes when each parent will spend time with the child. Parents are expected to comply with this schedule and transfer the child on time. While most parents will understand a few late drop-offs or early pickups, when the parenting time schedule is repeatedly violated, the other parent may need to take legal action.

Unlawful Visitation Interference

The parenting plan is not a suggestion. It is a legally binding court order. Parents who intentionally and consistently fail to comply with the provisions of the parenting plan may be subject to significant consequences.

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How a Special Needs Trust Can Help You Provide for a Child With Cerebral Palsy

 Posted on May 12, 2023 in Estate Planning Blog

DuPage County Estate Planning LawyerThe average lifetime cost of medical care and assistance for a person with cerebral palsy is estimated to be just under $1,000,000. If your child has cerebral palsy, ensuring that your child has access to the support, medical care, and assistance he or she needs is probably at the top of your mind.

A special needs trust is an estate planning tool that allows for the transfer of assets to a disabled person. When compared with transferring assets through a will, a special needs trust offers significant advantages.

Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Individuals in Illinois

Doctor's appointments, speech therapy, medications, assistive devices, special education programs, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs are just some of the many special needs experienced by children or young adults with cerebral palsy. The costs associated with these needs can be extraordinary. For parents of children with cerebral palsy, financial planning is essential.

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Five Ways a Spouse Might Hide Money During a Divorce

 Posted on May 05, 2023 in Divorce

Lombard Divorce LawyerAlmost all of the property that was accumulated during the marriage by either spouse is considered marital property, meaning it is jointly owned by both parties. 

Both spouses have a right to an equitable share of marital property. However, some individuals attempt to block their spouse from receiving his or her fair share by hiding assets during divorce.

Transparency regarding finances is essential during a divorce, and Illinois courts demand honesty. If you suspect that your spouse is hiding assets, contact a skilled divorce attorney for help right away.

Transferring Money to Friends and Family

A spouse who is preparing for divorce may start transferring funds to friends and family members in anticipation of the divorce. Often, this is done under the guise of paying back a personal loan. The spouse gives the other person the money, so it is not included during the property division phase of the divorce. Then, once the divorce is over, the friend simply returns the money, effectively shielding it from division.

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Advice for Fathers Going Through a Divorce

 Posted on April 27, 2023 in Family Law Blog

lombard divorce lawyerGoing through a divorce can be a stressful, sorrowful time, especially for fathers. Fathers going through a divorce may have concerns about their financial stability, their relationship with their children, and their future. If you are a father going through a divorce, make sure to make your concerns known to your divorce attorney, as an experienced family law attorney will likely have valuable insight on how to make the best out of this challenging situation.

Tips Fathers Should Consider

Here is some advice for fathers going through a divorce to help them navigate the process and protect their rights, including:

  • Hire an experienced family lawyer – This is one of the most essential steps that fathers can take when going through a divorce. An attorney can provide guidance, advice, and support throughout the divorce process and can help fathers safeguard their rights and interests.

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