This new law will be coming into effect January 1, 2015. We encourage you to call our office with questions. From The Illinois State Bar Association August 18, 2014 Written by Mark Mathewson A new public act dramatically changes how spousal maintenance is determined for divorcing couples whose combined gross income is less than
Parents who care for a child with a physical or mental disability know how much that care can cost. For this reason, parents need to create a plan to make sure that their child will continue to be properly cared for if both parents pass away. The government may provide for the basic needs of
In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree on everything and do not need the court to divide assets or make determinations about spousal or child support or custody. An uncontested divorce will proceed through the system more quickly, and be much less complicated, and less of a financial burden on either party. HOWEVER, even if
As a grandparent, you share in the joy of your grandchild’s birth and you enjoy countless hours playing with them and watching them grow. A grandchild is often his or her grandparent’s greatest blessing, but when trouble between parents results in grandparents not being allowed to spend time with their grandchildren, it can be heartbreaking.
Court-ordered child custody arrangements can work well for many years. But what happens when the custodial parent gets a new job and has to move out of state? What if the non-custodial parent opposes the move because they will lose precious visitation time with their child? In this situation, the custodial parent will likely have
Mediation is a frequently used method when negotiating a divorce. In divorce mediation, you, your spouse, and your respective lawyers may want to hire a neutral third party; a mediator. Sometimes, if the divorce is contested, a mediator is ordered by the court. The mediator does not make decisions for you, but they can serve
In a contested child custody case, a guardian ad litem (GAL) serves as a representative for the best interests of the child. The GAL is typically an established attorney with extensive experience with child custody and family laws. This person will be appointed by the judge based on his/her knowledge and experience. The judge will
This change was made to increase access to mental health services, drug treatments, and rehabilitation for young people charged with a misdemeanor. However, individuals age 17 and older will still be tried as an adult for felony charges. Misdemeanor Charges The severity of a crime determines whether it is considered a misdemeanor or a felony.
It is always important for your kids that you reach an agreement concerning custody, visitation and support whether you were married or not. Communication is key, even if it requires counseling or mediation. No matter how messy things get, you need to work together in the best interests of your child. Rules for child custody
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for a DUI, hiring the right lawyer is profoundly important. Without expert legal representation, your penalties may include: Revocation of your driver’s license for a minimum of one year Possible imprisonment Hefty fines and other financial burdens Sentencing to community service Technically, any lawyer licensed
An order of protection (also sometimes called a restraining order) is a civil court order that can be requested against a member of your family or household who is abusing, harassing or intimidating you, or interfering with your personal property. A restraining order can also be obtained to protect a minor child or a disabled
Child support modifications may be necessary for a variety of reasons. If you have been considering modifying your child support payments, either as a custodial or non-custodial parent, there are several things you need to consider. Child support is ALWAYS modifiable, but you need to understand the different types of orders for child support, qualifying