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Hillside step-parent adoption attorney Step-children and their step-parents have unique relationships. Sometimes, step-parents can have a role similar to the child’s biological parents, while other times, step-parents and step-children may simply co-exist in the same household. This relationship can evolve over time, especially for children whose biological parent has passed away, or who still have a relationship with both of their biological parents. For step-parents who have a close relationship with their step-children, it may be beneficial to officially adopt their child. While doing this may not be the choice of every step-parent, some do choose to legally recognize the relationship with their step-child, with the help of an adoption attorney.

What Are the Benefits of Step-Parent Adoption?

Many step-parents who decide to adopt their step-children do so to officially recognize their relationship in the eyes of the law. This can make the relationship more legitimate, not just legally but also personally, and it can often bring a step-parent closer to their step-child. While there may be emotional benefits to adopting a step-child, there are also a variety of legal advantages that come along with this process:

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Hillside legal parentage lawyer

Parentage (which is also known as paternity) is the legal relationship between a parent and his or her child. If a couple was married or in a civil union when their child was born or within 300 days before the birth, the mother’s spouse is presumed to be the father. However, if the mother and father were not married or in a civil union, paternity must be legally established. Naming a child’s legal parents is important, because it ensures that both parents have a right to participate in the allocation of parental responsibilities, and it allows the child to receive the necessary child support. For fathers who are trying to protect their parental rights or mothers who wish to confirm the parentage of their child, it is important to speak to an experienced family law attorney.       

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Oak Park, IL parenting time lawyer

If you are going through a divorce, you will need to make a variety of difficult decisions involving the separation of your life, your finances, and your property from your spouse. While this can be a lot to deal with, the situation can become even more complicated if you and your spouse have children, because both of you will need to address the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as child custody in Illinois), as well as parenting time (formerly known as visitation), and the decisions about these issues will be written down in an agreement known as a parenting plan, which will be part of your divorce decree. When creating a parenting plan, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney to ensure that your parental rights and your child’s best interests are protected.

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Hillside prenup lawyer alimony property division

Marriage is a big decision, and before entering into that legal partnership with your spouse, you may want to take steps to protect your rights, your property, and your finances. In many cases, a prenuptial agreement can be beneficial for both spouses. However, before entering into a premarital agreement, you will need clarification on what can and cannot be included in the prenup. Discussing your thoughts and ideas with an experienced family law attorney will ensure that you understand how to create an agreement that meets your needs.  

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Oak Park right of first refusal lawyer

For couples with children who are going through a divorce, one of the most important aspects of the process is ensuring that their child's best interests are met. The courts require that divorcing parents try to work together to create a parenting plan that will determine each parent’s level of authority in making decisions about raising the child, define schedules for the parenting time the child will spend with each parent, and address other relevant issues. If the parents cannot come to an agreement on these issues, these decisions will be made by the judge in their divorce case. The “right of first refusal” is one issue that may need to be addressed in a parenting plan.

What Is the “Right of First Refusal”?

When a parenting plan is approved by the court, it is expected that each parent will follow the court-ordered parenting time schedule. However, situations may arise in which a parent will not be available during their scheduled parenting time, and they may need to utilize a third-party caregiver, such as a daycare, grandparents, or babysitters for a significant period of time. In these situations, the other parent may want to have the option to care for the children. 

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