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divorce mediation, alternative dispute resolution, divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer, divorce attorneyMany times during a divorce process, rather than enduring litigation, couples will turn to mediation in order to help resolve conflicts and work out a mutually beneficial divorce settlement. It is often said that the method by which conflicts are processed and resolved will end up having a large influence on a family’s adjustment to the divorce. In divorce mediation, spouses meet with a neutral third party (the mediator) and work through any issues that need to be resolved in order to end the marriage as amicably and cost effectively as possible.

What  does a mediator do that the two of you cannot accomplish alone?

A mediator’s role is to help you and your spouse clearly define any issues you may have, keep all lines of communication open, and to promote discussion and resolution. This does not mean that the mediator will make all of your decisions or you, but rather, he or she will assist in bringing the issues to the table and making it possible to effectively deal with them.

student privacyThe Illinois legislature hopes to put parent’s mind at ease when it comes to their children’s digital privacy, while at the same time protecting parental rights with new changes to Illinois family law and criminal law.

The Privacy in the School Setting Act prevents any public elementary or secondary school district, and any higher learning institution from requiring or requesting that a student, prospective student, or parent/guardian turn over their social network password. To protect student privacy, the law also bans schools from accessing student email accounts without a parent or guardian’s permission. The law does provide an exception for cases when the school has reasonable cause to suspect that a student has violated school disciplinary rules or policies and has posted evidence of the violation on social media.

Schools must provide students and their parents or guardians with a statement that the school may request the student’s password or account information if the school suspects that disciplinary policy has been violated. The notice must be set forth in the school’s policy book, handbook, disciplinary code, or communicated by similar means. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2014.

Illinois same sex marriage, marriage laws, your rights, Illinois, family lawIn November 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved same-sex marriage legislation by a narrow vote of 61 to 54 with the Illinois Senate following suit with a vote of 32 to 51. As Governor Pat Quinn placed pen to paper, Illinois became the 16th state to recognize same sex marriage effective June 1, 2014.

For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, this has been a welcomed victory, but one Illinois business owner will not join in the celebration.

According to a recent article by the Huffington Post, Jim Walder, owner of the TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast located near Paxton, Illinois strongly stated he will not be advertising  destination wedding packages to the members of the LGBT community.

Choosing a divorce attorney, Geneva divorce lawyer, Geneva Illinois, Geneva divorce lawyerAlthough all of us hope for our “happily ever after,” it cannot be ignored that many marriages end in divorce. If you and your spouse have decided that you must, unfortunately, file for divorce, it is important to take the time to search for the best divorce attorney for you and your family to assist you with the process.

 To get started with your search, gather the names of a few different divorce attorneys in your area so that you can compare and contrast them.

It is a wise idea to research each of these candidates, as well as conduct interviews with each-if you feel an interview is necessary. Talk to friends who have recently gone through the divorce process to see if they have any recommendations, or if they can give you a couple of names you should avoid at all costs. While getting started with your search, take a look at ratings, fees, years in practice, etc.

marriage counseling, marriage tips, Illinois divorce lawyer, long term marriage, healthy marriage, happy marriageAll relationships take work and your marriage is likely one of the most important relationships in your life. So important that you should not expect it to coast on autopilot for the next 40 or 50 years believing that all will be fine as you approach your marital golden years.

 The Gottman Institute agrees. Co-founded by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, the team applies scientific concepts to the art of marriage. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the Gottman's assist couples and health care professionals by applying intensive, detailed and long-term scientific theories as to why marriages succeed or fail.

The Institute offers in-depth counseling and training rooted in scientific research to enhance communication between couples. The Gottman’s strongly believe that if communication breaks down, couples may find themselves contacting an experienced divorce attorney.

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