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Helpful Family Law Terms

Published on October 26th, 2018

When it comes to matters involving the family, tensions typically run high. Not everything in our familial lives can run smoothly throughout our lives, which is where family law in Rockford, Il comes into play. We can help with matters such as adoption, divorce and child custody to help mediate and decide the best way to approach the situation. For families not well-versed in the legal system, it can be helpful to acquaint yourself with some commonly used terms. As always, feel free to contact our team at the Crosby Law Firm if you have questions about family law in Rockford, Il.

Terms to know:

  • Emancipation: This is a court process through which a minor tries to become self-supporting and an adult responsible for his or own welfare, no longer under the care of his or her parents.
  • Alimony: This is the sum of money paid, or allowance given from one spouse to the other for support during or after a legal separation or divorce.
  • Marital property: This is property that you and your spouse acquire during your marriage that is subject to division if you get a divorce.
  • Prenuptial agreement: This is an agreement that is made between spouses before they get married to help determine future rights to each other’s property if there is ever a divorce or a death.
  • Paternity: Paternity cases are typically filed by the mother in hopes to secure child support payments from an absent father. Biological fathers may also file for paternity if they are seeking a relationship with their child; this process is conducted via DNA testing.

As you can tell, family law in Rockford, Il can get complicated, so it is best to have a team of experienced lawyers on your side. Request an appointment with us today!

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