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Power of Attorney Providing for Guardianship in a Divorce
A written Power of Attorney can provide for who is entitled to serve as guardian in the event a guardian is appointed. What typically happens in any written Power of Attorney is that if a guardian is identified in the event of a guardianship, it can be the same person or entity who holds the Power of Attorney. This allows for the maker of the Power of Attorney to provide for instructions as to who the maker of the Power of Attorney wishes in the event a guardian of the person and/or estate is appointed by the Court.
Regardless of the wishes of the maker of the Power of Attorney, in a guardianship proceeding, it is up to the Court as to who is entitled to serve as guardian, whether guardian of the person and/or estate, including in a limited capacity. Certain individuals are prohibited from serving as guardian, such as persons convicted of certain felonies, but conviction of felonies would not be a prohibition to a person serving as the Power of Attorney, if appointed by the maker.
In Illinois, alimony is awarded without regard to marital misconduct. According to Illinois divorce law, the judge orders support from one spouse to the other if the parties cannot agree. The court awards alimony in a lump sum or for a fixed or indefinite period of time. The alimony may be paid from the income or property of the other spouse after considering all relevant factors, including the income and assets of each spouse, the needs of each party, the earning capacity of each party, any impairment of the earning capacity of the party seeking alimony caused by marital sacrifices, the time necessary for the receiving party to seek employment, the standard of living established while married, the length of the marriage, the age and health of both parties, and the contributions and services by the party seeking maintenance to the education or career potential of the other spouse.
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