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Illinois republican chairman Pat Brady has been under recent attack because of his endorsement of the same-sex marriage bill. In a National Organization for Marriage (an organization in opposition of same-sex marriages) campaign, hundreds of form-letter e-mails have been sent to and received by the Illinois Republican State Central Committee. The letters all call for Pat Brady’s ouster as state chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.
According to The Chicago Tribune, party leaders met behind closed doors on Saturday, March 9, 2013, to discuss Brady’s fate. According to the report it remains unclear whether committee members will reach a consensus.
Divorce may seem like a clear-cut process. You want a divorce, so you either plan to go through mediation or you go to court, but plans don’t always work out. Experienced divorce attorney Jeffrey Knipmeyer has represented many divorcing clients and recognizes that how you may start your divorce is not necessarily how you’ll end up finishing it. For this reason, it is important to always be prepared to go to trial, even if you start out in mediation.
At Nottage and Ward, our legal team approaches every divorce with a solid pre-trial strategy that will help ensure success in the event that the divorce ends up going to trial. By taking the necessary steps in trial preparation, we make sure we’re never caught off guard. This is important for you too. Just because you and your spouse decide to go through mediation does not mean you shouldn’t collect any and all financial records and retain an attorney to represent your interests. Our attorneys take the following steps to make sure we are always prepared for whatever turn your divorce takes:
As an experienced child custody attorney in Chicago, Jeffrey Knipmeyer knows how difficult going through divorce can be for parent and child. Fortunately, Illinois law has provisions to help parents and children through the process.
Attorney Jeffrey Knipmeyer Supports Helping Those in Need during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is doing its part to raise public awareness of the issue. As an experienced Illinois family law attorney at Nottage and Ward, Jeffrey Knipmeyer recognizes the importance of helping domestic violence victims receive the help and support they need to escape dangerous situations that can have a devastating impact on their health and well-being as well as those of their children.
Domestic Violence Defined
The NCADV defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.” Such abuse can be inflicted onto a girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, partner, and/or child. The physical, emotional, and psychological effects of such horrible actions have long-term and even permanent consequences for the victim as well as those who witness such violence. Getting victims of domestic violence the support they need to escape an abusive situation and providing them with the resources they need to put their lives back together is essential to facilitating healthy family relationships.
As an experienced divorce attorney in Illinois, Jeffrey Knipmeyer understands that we do not live in a perfect world. If it was perfect, once a divorce is final, it’s actually finished. Every party abides by the terms of the divorce settlement; they pay maintenance (alimony), on schedule; they never miss a child support payment or visitation; and everything moves on exactly as planned. This is unfortunately not the case for many divorces, which is why a divorce attorney is not just prepared to fight for an equitable divorce agreement, but prepared to provide effective representation in order to modify an already final settlement in post-decree proceedings.
As an experienced civil union attorney in Illinois, Jeffrey Knipmeyer recognizes that as the country moves closer to casting their votes for our next President of the United States, political party stances on key issues are going to have more weight when voters make their decision. One of the most controversial issues concerns gay marriage.
According to Politico.com, the Republican platform committee rejected an amendment that would have endorsed same-sex civil unions. The GOP holds its stance for a constitutional amendment that protects “traditional marriage” by maintaining the definition (as established in the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA) as between a man and a woman. Though a handful of Republican representatives spoke in favor of same-sex civil unions, they were overwhelmingly shot down by others in the party.
Jeffrey Knipmeyer, an experienced family law attorney with the Illinois law firm Nottage and Ward, understands the impact of economic recession on married couples more than most. Financial issues are a common cause for divorce, but the difficult financial state of some married couples may have other effects, including the postponement of divorce and even the decision for recently divorced couples to cohabitate until they obtain financial security individually. Living with your ex can be very stressful, which is why it is important to keep a few ground rules in mind. The Huffington Post offers these five tips for cohabitating with your ex while still trying to move on with your life:
- Plan out who pays for what. Financial issues may have been a factor in your divorce, and they can continue to create problems. The last thing you want is a stressful and even hostile living arrangement.
- Be considerate. Clean up after yourself, always ask to use something that is not yours and just generally practice good manners.
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