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Illinois May See Conflicting Legislation on the Ballot Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

By Nottage and Ward on December 7, 2012

It did not take long for the inadequacies of the Illinois civil union law to garner support for true equality in the form of same-sex marriage. Now, during the Illinois legislature’s two-week veto session, lawmakers have the opportunity to push a gay marriage bill to be added onto a statewide ballot. According to BallotNews.org, such a push may happen as soon as this week, the first week of December.

Supporters backing the approval of such a bill include state Representative George Harris and Equality Illinois director of public policy, Randy Hannig. Both Harris and Hannig believe that statewide and nationwide support for same-sex marriage has grown in the past two years since the Illinois civil union law passed. In fact, the recent election included four states which supported same-sex ballot issues, such as the legalization of gay marriage and the defeat of measures banning gay marriage. This demonstrates a shift in the nation’s attitudes about same-sex marriage. But a proposal for the legalization of gay marriage is not the only legislation that may end up on the ballot.

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Trick or Treat? Celebrating Halloween with Your Step-Kids

By Nottage and Ward on October 19, 2012

Trying to figure out how to celebrate Halloween after a divorce is difficult, but what if you’re a step-mom or dad? In the final part of our “Trick or Treat?” blog series, the Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward discuss some of the issues facing stepparents in connection to Halloween and their overall desire to be an important part of their step-children’s lives.

It’s tough being a stepparent. You want your step-children to accept you as a mom or a dad, but this is often an uphill battle because you don’t want them to harbor ill feelings about the fact that you’ve literally taken the place of their biological parent. While Halloween may be a good opportunity to show your step-kids you care about making the holidays fun for them, you also want to make sure not to force anything. Keeping the following tips in mind can help you be a part of your step-kids’ Halloween without being uncompromising or unfair to the children:

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