What to Do When You Are Denied Your Visitation Rights

If you are a parent, and you have been granted visitation rights as part of a child custody agreement, it is illegal for your child’s other parent to deny these rights. If this occurs, the other parent can be charged with visitation abuse. If visitation abuse happens...

Mental Cruelty as Grounds for a Divorce

There are two different types of divorces in Illinois – those in which there is a finding of fault, and those based on irreconcilable differences (which are sometimes called no-fault divorces). One of the recognized grounds for a “fault” divorce is mental cruelty. If...

Starting a Family via Surrogacy in Illinois

In the mid-1980s, the “Baby M” case was a major news story, getting nationwide press coverage. It involved Bill and Betsy Stern, a married couple, who chose to sign a surrogacy contract with a woman named Mary Beth Whitehead. Whitehead eventually gave birth to a baby...

How Do I Get an Annulment in Illinois?

When a marriage ends very quickly, it is not unusual for the spouses to assume that their best option is to have the marriage annulled. Annulment is seen as a superior alternative to divorce – an inexpensive, quick, and easy way for the spouses to go their separate...