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How is property divided in Illinois?

Individuals who are going through a high-asset divorce in Illinois may be interested in learning about how marital property is divided in the state. In Illinois, the concept of community property is not recognized as it is in some of the other states. This means that property that has been acquired during a marriage will not necessarily be divided equally between the two divorcing spouses.

Ex-wife of oil tycoon appealing $1 billion settlement

Illinois residents who have been following the divorce of oil tycoon Harold Hamm may be interested to know that a court ruling has awarded his former wife, Sue Ann Hamm, nearly $1 billion. Mrs. Hamm, however, is not satisfied with amount and is appealing the decision. Her lawyers contend that she deserves a larger share of Mr. Hamm's $20 billion worth.

What are the visitation rights of a non-custodial parent?

In Illinois, when a court orders one person to have custody of a child, it will also normally award visitation to the non-custodial parent. Non-custodial parents are typically entitled to visitation with their child unless the court determines that visitation would pose a danger to the child's mental, emotional, physical or moral health.

How does a DNA test work?

Determining a child's paternity may be necessary when matters of child support, child custody or adoption are involved, and DNA testing is used to examine DNA markers and look at the relationship between two people. When Illinois residents undergo DNA testing, samples from a mother, child and alleged father are taken. These tests have a 99 percent certainty rate or higher.

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