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Grandparents to be given more rights to visit their grankids

As a parent who has raised his or her children into adulthood, having a grandchild is a beautiful experience. Just knowing your grandchildren are out there brightening the lives of everyone they touch, however, isn't enough. Grandparents want to spend time with their grandkids. This is why it can be so difficult when a grandparent is denied access to his or her grandchildren.

Fortunately, new family laws in Illinois will soon support grandparents who are desperate to spend time with their grandchildren. Two new laws associated with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services have boosted grandparents' rights in our state.

Tips for explaining divorce to children

Divorce is difficult on all parties involved, but as Mom and Dad work to settle their differences and determine what is best for the family, children often suffer the most. They fear the instability of living in two different homes or not seeing one parent every day, even as they deal with questions and comments from friends, teachers and family members. This can be an extremely hard time for kids, and it is up to parents to approach the topic appropriately.

How should child support be used?

If you are paying a lot of money each month in child support obligations, you might be curious to know how your money is being spent. In fact, many Illinois parents worry about whether their child support money is being spent on their children in an appropriate fashion.

Generally, there are some basic guidelines on how child support should be used. The following is a list of some of the ways custodial parents are obligated to use their child support money:

Divorced parents must help children adapt to two homes

Divorce marks the start of big lifestyle changes for everyone in the family. Now there will be two households and children will go back and forth between them. It can be an extremely stressful situation, but there are steps you and your former spouse can take to make the transition easier for your kids.

Can your spouse sue you for hacking?

A federal appeals court last week agreed to review a lawsuit in which a man accused his wife of Wiretap Act violations. Allegedly, the woman was forwarding her husband's emails into her personal account without his knowledge. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case, while at the same time, the court admitted that Congress probably did not have divorce litigation proceedings in mind when they created the law.

According to one of the justices, the actions of allegedly committed by the man's wife fall within the language of the law. According to the Wiretap Act, any kind of covert and unapproved interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication is illegal.

5 things not to do at a divorce trial

A child custody case or divorce trial can be difficult to prepare for. Litigators and litigants will attempt to condense your entire marriage into just a few hours, and you need a convincing, concise argument on your behalf. While the facts are important, the way you act in court can actually affect the outcome of your divorce proceedings. It's easy to get angry and be sarcastic, but holding your tongue and acting professional can go a long way toward getting what you want. If you feel yourself getting emotional, take a deep breath and don't do any of the following things.

Good news for newlyweds -- the divorce rate is dropping

You might be going through divorce proceedings, and the idea of getting married again might be far from your mind right now. However, there is good news for those who get married again. Right now, the divorce rate in the United States is lower than it's been in approximately four decades. Furthermore, it looks like more people than ever have been tying the knot in the last five years.

Last year marked the third consecutive year that United States divorce figures have lowered according to a recent study published by Bowling Green State University's National Center for Family and Marriage Research. According to statistics. For every 1,000 married females aged 15 and up there were 14.9 divorces. This figure rose to 23 in 1980. Now, in 2015, the figure has dropped to 16.9 per every 1,000, which is lower than it was in the mid-70s.

How apps can protect you from false sexual assault claims

Being accused of sexual assault you didn't commit is a devastating experience. While you may know that you didn't commit the crime, sometimes your accusers are able to succeed when sufficient precautions aren't taken. You can avoid this type of situation by remembering some tips on how to protect yourself from unfounded sexual assault allegations. One way to take precautions is utilizing apps that promote the importance of consent. 

How to talk to your future spouse about a prenuptial agreement

There are so many sound and logical reasons why two spouses should sign a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot. In fact, considering the high percentage of marriages that end in divorce, it makes sense that all marriages should have a prenuptial agreement signed prior to the day they say "I do." However, prenuptial agreements are still viewed with a stigma, causing some couples to have reservations about talking about them. Here's what you can do:

Let's say that one day you may receive a sizable inheritance and your parents advise you that it's best to draw up a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be spouse. The fact is, prenups are more common than you might think, and they're not only used by wealthy men to keep "gold-diggers" at bay. Because many spouses are getting married later in life these days, many of them have savings accounts and retirement accounts with significant assets. A prenup is a great way to protect these assets.

Easy ways to stop your guests from driving drunk

It's the holiday season and the time when family and friends love to get together and party. Whether it's a Saturday afternoon college football game or a family party exchanging Christmas gifts, if alcohol is served, you may want to be responsible about helping your guests get home. The penalty for a DUI can include jail time, license suspension, penalties and fines, and you want to protect your guests from those consequences by helping them make smart decisions, particularly when they are under the influence of alcohol. When your guests leave your home after a party, encourage them to stay safe in these easy ways.

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