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Every client and case is truly unique, which requires significant experience and knowledge in many areas of practice. At Sefton Kelly Family Law, our attorneys can support and guide you through a diverse range of issues.

Nothing is more important than your family. Adoption is about creating and strengthening families. Speaking with a knowledgeable and dedicated family law attorney about your adoption options is vital whether you are looking to make a parenting arrangement official, arrange an adoption for your baby or make an addition to your family.

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When you divorce, questions on visitation custody, physical custody, joint custody, and other decisions have to be made about how your children will be affected. When you decide to live in separate homes it is important to plan visitation custody during this process whether you are looking into party custody or joint custody.

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In Illinois, an annulment is officially referred to as a “Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage.” The court makes it as if the parties were never married. This can be important for a variety of reasons: religious, moral and civil.

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Illinois has adopted child support guidelines that consider the income of both parents as well as the number of overnights each parent has with the children. See also the article regarding child support in the Articles section of this website.

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Collaborative law is an emerging field. It offers an alternative to traditional litigation and mediation, and may be able to help you reach a dignified and efficient resolution out of court that is less acrimonious and helps you to resolve matters involving family and divorce related issues.

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Contemplating a separation, annulment, or divorce is difficult. Whether or not you are sure you want to end your marriage, it helps to learn the basics of divorce law and dissolution for couples during marriage.

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Naperville firm Sefton Kelly Family Law, provides comprehensive family law and divorce advice and representation, and brings unique financial experience and insight into its law practice.

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In 2005, Illinois passed the Gestational Surrogacy Act. This act provides standards and safeguards for all parties to a gestational surrogacy, which include the prospective mother and father (the “intended parents”) and the gestational surrogate.

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In recent years, the issue of grandparent’s rights to visitation in divorce has come to the forefront.

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While it can be extremely difficult during the probate process to make the decision in putting someone in control over a loved one, establishing a guardianship is often necessary and extremely helpful for your loved one.

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Mediation is a process for resolving disputes. The parties retain the assistance of a neutral mediator to assist them in resolving their dispute.

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Maintenance (commonly known as alimony or spousal support) is the amount of money one spouse pays to the other, by court order, for support.

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“Parenting time” (formerly “visitation”), as it is now officially referred to, is an issue you will need to consider if you have minor children.

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Establishing paternity is the critical first step in establishing a parent-child relationship.

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A postnuptial agreement is made after the marriage, often after a change of circumstances affecting one of the spouses.

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Sefton Kelly Family Law, can assist in a variety of post-judgement issues, including consultations as it relates to changes or updates to existing law.

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Prenups or premarital agreements are written contracts created by two people planning to be married. The agreement typically lists all of the property currently owned by each person and their debts.

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When a parent leaves the state or country, how are custody, support and parenting time affected?

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Family law involving same-sex couples is an evolving area of law. At Sefton Kelly Family Law, located in Naperville, Illinois, we are one of the few firms in the area that have experience in this practice area.

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Legal separations are options in Illinois, but they are almost never used. Being legally separated is very different from “being separated.”

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