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Chicago, IL 60654
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Tel: 312-861-1166

Randy W. Franklin

Admitted: Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin
Law School: Massey Law College, JD.
College: Bradley University, B.A.

Family Law

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including:

  • the nature of marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships;
  • the termination of the relationship and ancillary matters including divorce, annulment, property marital settlements, alimony & maintenance and parental responsibility orders (in the United States, child custody and visitation, child support and alimony awards).
  • the adoption or legal guardianship of a child;
  • the changing of your name due to life changing events.

Marriage and Relationships:

What does it really mean to be married and what do you need to do, legally speaking, to prepare for marriage? Learn about marriage laws and procedures in every state, including laws affecting same-sex couples.

If you are planning a wedding, should you consider a Prenuptial Agreement too? Prenuptial Agreements allow the marrying parties to decide how they want to deal with their finances instead of using state law to determine their rights and responsibilities. Learn when and why a Prenuptial Agreement might be advisable, and how it should be prepared to best protect you and your potential spouse.

Unmarried couples who live together have some special legal issues to consider, i.e. whether and how they want to share money and property, and how to make sure they're able to take care of each other in the event of an emergency. Find out how to protect your relationship and learn about common law marriage, property rights, and living together contracts.

Whether you're committed to cohabitation or heading for the altar, make sure you know what's in store for you from a legal perspective. Franklin Law Offices can help you with all of your questions and legal needs.

Divorce, Child Support and Custody:

When you're divorcing, there is a lot to understand. Franklin Law Offices will help you learn the basics on every aspect of divorce; from the different ways you can process your divorce, to how you calculate child support, to the rules of property division. You'll rest easier when you have the facts.

Issues surrounding children, custody and support can be some of the most contentious elements in a divorce, but it serves your children best if you can work things out amicably. Start by learning about how child support is calculated by law, how judges make decisions about parenting time and custody, and how to work together to do what's best for your children

Divorce is difficult, but it doesn't have to be an all-out battle that costs parties a fortune in lawyers' fees. Mediation and collaborative procedures are two ways divorcing couples can make decisions together about property, support, and child custody and other marital assets without breaking the bank. Franklin Law Offices will help you learn more about these ways to divorce before going any further.

Children & Family

There are many ways to bring a child into your life through adoption, and it's important to understand your options before you move forward. Let Franklin Law Offices help you with your agency adoptions, international adoptions, stepparent adoptions, and independent adoptions.

If you are taking care of a child who isn't your own, you probably have questions about how to enroll the child in school, whether you can make medical decisions, and what your responsibilities may be. You may also be wondering whether you need a formal guardianship. Franklin Law Offices can help in that area.

Whether you're adopting a child, asking a court to make you a legal guardian, advocating for special education services, or simply figuring out how to protect your children in the event something happens to you, you need information. Franklin Law will provide you with helpful information on dealing with a wide variety of legal issues that involve children.

Child Support Modification

Child support is ALWAYS modifiable, even if you have an agreement that says otherwise. If you are considering modifying your child support payments, Franklin Law Offices has the experience, expertise and resources to protect your rights.

Modification of Support (Increase): A custodial parent may seek an increase in child support, but only when there has been a substantial change in circumstances that justifies the increase in the child support. As well, child support is always modifiable. It may not be non-modifiable, even if the parents agree to that term. Child support modification laws have specific thresholds that must be satisfied before the custodial parent's request may even be considered by the court. As the paying parent, if you are unaware of the thresholds and don't ask to have the request dismissed, you may end up paying an increase.

Modification of Support (Reduction): A non-custodial parent may be able to reduce his or her child support payments based on a substantial change in circumstances, that is, when new circumstances can justify the reduction. In general, the courts will permit a reduction where the change in circumstances is beyond the control of the parent paying support. For example, if you are the non-custodial parent paying support and you get laid off from your job, the court will probably grant a reduction in your support payments. However, if you voluntarily reduce your income, quit your job, or do something intending to get yourself fired, you probably will not receive any reduction in support. Contact Franklin Law Offices today to be sure you know your rights.

Name Change

Name change generally refers to a legal act allowing a person to adopt a name different than their name at birth, marriage, or adoption. The procedures and ease of a name change depend on the jurisdiction. In general, common law jurisdictions have loose limitations on name changes while civil law jurisdictions are restrictive.

There are lots of reasons to do a name change, including marriage and divorce or just not liking the name you were given at birth. It's a pretty simple process in most places, and often possible to do yourself without the help of a lawyer. However, let Franklin Law Offices help you learn how name changes work and what to do if you're considering changing your own name or your child's name.