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Using Self-Help Law Books vii Introduction xi Chapter 1: The Basics: Marriage and Divorce in Illinois 1 Marriage Divorce Chapter 2: The Legal System 9 Research County Circuits Courts Domestic Violence Child Abuse Temporary Orders Chapter 3: Annulments and Legal Separations 15 Annulment Legal Separation Chapter 4: Attorneys 21 Needing an Attorney Finding an Attorney Understanding Costs What to Bring to Your First Meeting with an Attorney Family Law Attorneys Problems with your Attorney Chapter 5: Divorce Basics 31 Grounds Contested and Uncontested Divorce Mediation Chapter 6: The Divorce Process 35 Summons Petition Appearance and Agreement Divorce Trial Disclosure Statements Simplified Divorce Chapter 7: Marital Property and Maintenance 43 Marital Property Maintenance, Spousal Support, or Alimony Chapter 8: Settlement Agreement 49 Marital Settlement Agreements Other Agreements that will effect a Divorce Chapter 9: Children and Divorce 55 Best Interest of the Child Emotions Children's Bill of Rights Chapter 10: Child Custody 59 Custody Agreements Custody Laws Types of Custody Indiscretions of the Custodial Parent Fathers and Child Custody Custody Evaluations Child Abduction Chapter 11: Child Visitation 69 The Court's View This Child's Wishes Visitation Schedules Changing Schedules Common Misconceptions Chapter 12: Child Support 75 The Legal Guidelines Factors Considered for Marital Support Order Medical Insurance for the Children Modifications of Child Support College Expenses Support for Non-Minor Children Enforcement of Child Support Chapter 13: Grandparents' Rights after a Divorce 85 Visitation Custody The Latest Setback in Grandparent's Rights Chapter 14: The Military Divorce 91 Selecting an Attorney USFSPA Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Coverage Chapter 15: Other Financial Matters to be Considered 97 Insurance Taxes Estate Planning Chapter 16: Final Thoughts 103 Glossary 105 Appendix A: State of Illinois Judicial Circuit Courts 115 Appendix B: Illinois Statutes 119 Appendix C: Checklists and Worksheets 139 Appendix D: Forms 151 Index 213
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Divorce suits -- Illinois -- Popular works.
Divorce -- Law and legislation -- Illinois -- Popular works.