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Illinois Child Support Laws Explained Through Kanye West Puns

Dear Kanye, I’m really happy for you, Kim, and the whole Kardashian-West family. Unfortunately, I’m writing to give you some difficult news. Judging by your lyrics in Gold Digger, your understanding of family law is, at best, uninformed. Now that you’re a family man, I think it’s time we talked….

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The History Of Child Support Is As Easy As ADC

By Joshua E. Stern I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the history of child support in the US. It’s far more interesting than I expected. I’m hoping to wrap up a comprehensive blog post on the topic, but until then, here’s a preview (as it were). As a…

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What’s Wrong With Celebrity Divorce Lists?

By Joshua E. Stern Every so often, a website or newspaper will post a list of the most expensive divorces.  There’s usually a picture, a two-sentence blurb about how long the couple were married and why they got divorced, and then an eye-popping figure.  Michael and Junita Jordan?  Their divorce…

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Court Ordered College Contributions And Academic Performance

I came across this article in the New York Times titled “Parents’ Financial Support May Not Help College Grades” and immediately thought of Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. That’s the funny thing about the law: it tends to pop up everywhere you look. So, what…

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Strategies For Conflict Resolution In Divorce And Family Law

By Joshua E. Stern I’ve been working on compiling a guide to conflict resolution in divorce and family law cases and I came across the Wholistic Stress Control Institute’s “10 Strategies For Conflict Resolution.”  I must admit, I had never head of the organization prior to finding this list.  In…

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