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Chapter 8: Family law
1Q: What is a legal separation?
1A: When a couple wants to live separately but doesn't want to end their marriage, the court will
issue a formal separation order.
2Q: Summarize the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, Section 602.5, set forth in
this chapter. Be sure to include the penalty the court may impose.
2A: It covers topics related to a child's capacity for decision-making and assigns parental duties
based on what is best for the child. Education, health, religion, and extracurricular activities are
among the important problems. The consequences that a parent might experience include losing
control over a particular issue and possibly losing control entirely if they pose a threat to the
child, the other parent, or someone else living in the home.
3Q: According to California Family Code Section 4320, set forth in this chapter, what
circumstances are to be considered before the court awards spousal support?
3A: before the court decides whether to grant spousal support, the following factors must be
taken into account: The extent to which each party's earning capacity is sufficient to sustain the
quality of life they established during their marriage., The amount to which the supported party
assisted in assisting the supporting party in obtaining an education, training, career position, or
license., The supporter's capacity to make spousal support payments., Each party's need in
relation to the standard of living set during the marriage., Each party's debts and resources,
including any separate property., The length of the union., The supporting party's capacity to
pursue gainful work without adversely interfering interest of the party's custodial dependent