When your girlfriend announced that she was pregnant, you were thrilled. You anxiously awaited your child's birth, and you've been there every step of the pregnancy. Now that your child is actually here, you're an active and involved parent. The only problem is that, for one reason or another, your name isn't on the birth certificate as the child's father.
A constant source of frustration for divorced parents who have to pay child support is that they often doubt that their hard-earned money is actually going to their child. They often suspect the money is going to fund the receiving parent's lifestyle or unnecessary items.
A lot of couples are hesitant to get prenuptial agreements. Aside from the fact that discussing a prenup doesn't exactly set a romantic tone when you're planning your nuptials, some people feel like a prenup is akin to betting the marriage will fail.
Are you a grandparent who is raising your grandchild because their parents are unable to? You aren't alone. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) says that more than 100,000 grandparents in the state are in the same situation.
Did you settle for less-than-equal parenting time with the kids when you split from your ex-wife? If so, you may have done yourself and your children a huge disservice.
Intimate partner violence is a serious problem in the United States. Statistically, around 2,000 people lose their lives in altercations with a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend or ex-romantic partner. Over half of those deaths are caused by the same kind of weapon: a firearm.
Domestic violence is a serious problem. However, not every accusation that makes it to a courtroom is valid -- especially during a divorce and custody battle.
It's only natural to want to get a fresh start following your divorce -- but that's not an easy proposition when you share a child or two with your ex-spouse. Whether you have primary physical custody or not, it's generally better for the kids if the parents stay relatively close to each other.
If you're divorcing when your child is young, you probably have a lot of different concerns on your mind -- like where your child will live and what kind of child support will be necessary.
A baby is a blessing that most couples look forward to. Sometimes, however, there are questions about a child's paternity -- especially when the parents aren't married.