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Posted on in Annulments

annulment, marriage, relationship, divorce, eligibility for annulment, Illinois divorce lawMany people have heard of the term “annulment” and understand that it somehow similar to getting a divorce, but different in some mysterious way. Under Illinois law, an annulment is referred to as a “declaration of invalidity of marriage”. Unlike a divorce, an annulment does not simply terminate a marriage; an annulment states that a marriage is not valid and completely dissolves it as if it never existed in the first place.

 Before you get excited, thinking an annulment is the answer to all of your problems, it is important to recognize that not everyone is eligible for an annulment. There are four reasons for getting an annulment here in Illinois. According to the Illinois General Assembly, those reasons are:

  1. A party lacked capacity to consent to marriage at the time of the ceremony due to mental incapacity or infirmity or the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other incapacitating substances or was induced to enter into a marriage by force, duress, or fraud involving the essentials of the marriage;
  2. A party lacks the physical capacity to consummate the marriage by sexual intercourse and the other party was unaware of the incapacity at the time the marriage was solemnized;
  3. A party was aged 16 or 17 years old at the time of marriage and did not have the consent of his or her parents/guardians or judicial approval; or
  4. The marriage is prohibited.

In order to be eligible for annulment, you must file for the court order within the time frames or “statutes of limitations” for each of the four grounds for annulment:

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer, hiring a divorce lawyer, hiring an attorneyIt is over. You and your spouse have decided to throw in the towel. At this point you have both realized that your marriage is on the ropes and soon to be down for the count. As you are lacing up your gloves in anticipation, it is time to retain an experienced trainer, in this case, an experienced Illinois divorce attorney. Lets get ready to rumble…

Seriously researching and retaining your divorce attorney is an important decision. You need to feel comfortable and confident in the one person who will be your strongest ally and advocate. When researching family law attorneys in your area, keep these tips in mind:

Do your homework. Investigate the internet, check with friends and even contact your local bar association for referrals.

You are seeking a service and it is quite common to openly discuss fee schedules up front to  ward off any surprises. Attorney fees can realistically range anywhere from $100 to over $500 per hour. The outcome of your divorce will define your future. Choosing an attorney based on cost alone is not the best strategy.

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.

modify your child custody / relocation IMAGEThe divorce has been finalized, marital assets distributed, continual support negotiated and custody and visitation terms reached. You have adjusted. You may find yourself at ease and looking forward to writing the next chapter. Perhaps you are even considering a change of scenery to turn over a new leaf.

 It may not be that easy. With your divorce decree terms already finalized, the court will determine if you and the kids can start packing.

For those residing in Illinois, Section 609(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5), requires petitioning the court for any modification of the original terms of a custody agreement.

Posted on in Divorce

online dating IMAGEWith the Internet becoming a huge part of our everyday lives, it’s no wonder that the popularity of online dating has increased dramatically over the past few years, especially for those people who have just gone through a divorce and are trying to “get back out there.” While some people may jump at the idea of meeting someone via the Internet, others may feel a bit apprehensive about not going with the old-fashioned way. However, there are many ways you can make your online dating experience stress-free and, hopefully, successful.

When you get started with an online dating website, take the time to make sure your profile is as detailed and representative as it can be. Let people know who you are, while making sure to only give out information you’re comfortable with floating around on the Internet. The most important part of creating your profile is to be yourself. Choose a good photo as your profile picture. Avoid photos that have been excessively edited, and try to find one that’s well-lit, in-focus, and illustrates who you really are. It’s not a bad idea to use a photo of you doing something you love.

As you get into the more tedious parts of creating your profile, make sure to avoid clichés at all costs. Too many people have exactly the same phrases and claims on their profiles, such as: “I live life to the fullest,” “I like to take things slow.” Once again, be yourself. This is the best way to stand out amongst the hundreds of other online daters.

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