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Illinois Procedures To Protect Children During A Divorce

Divorce and custody proceedings can be an emotional and tense time for all individuals involved. In these situations, it is often the children shared by the parties that suffer the most. While both spouses have attorneys representing their own wishes, the children are in the position of relying on their parents to advocate for their

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Calculate Child Support In Illinois

How Does The Court Calculate Child Support In Illinois?

Upon filing for divorce, one party may request support from the other party and in the state of Illinois support payments take two forms. If a party is requesting support for themselves to ensure that they are able to adequately provide for their own livelihood, it is considered maintenance (also know as alimony or spousal

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establishing paternity in Illinois

Establishing Paternity In Illinois

Establishing paternity for a child can be a stressful, emotional event. Despite the drama portrayed about the situation by afternoon talk shows, the need to establish a legal connection between a father and a child is a common situation. Whether you are the mother of a child seeking to have a father acknowledge his responsibility,

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medical records disclosed in court

When Can Mental Health Records Be Disclosed In Court?

Maintaining good mental health is just as important as maintaining good physical health. Nearly 20% percent of the population struggles with maintaining their mental health, and, until recently many looked down upon an individual for seeking treatment for mental health issues. [1] In recent years, access to treatment for mental health issues has become a

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DCFS Investigations in The State Of Illinois

DCFS Investigations in The State Of Illinois

If you’ve ever received a letter from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) you’ve likely wondered to yourself, why is this happening, what do I do now, and what effect is this going to have.  Sherer Law Offices is here to answer your questions and try to provide you with some clarity

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cohabitation and maintenance in Illinois

Cohabitation and Maintenance In Illinois

In Illinois, a party is entitled to terminate maintenance when a former spouse “cohabitates on a continuing conjugal basis” with a new partner.[1] However, the phrase “continuing conjugal basis” is a standard that must be interpreted by courts when determining whether a former spouse is entitled to terminate maintenance.  A recent appellate case out of

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illinois passes marijuana bill

Illinois Passes Marijuana Bill

On May 31, 2019, Illinois took a monumental step toward legalizing recreational marijuana use by passing HB 1438.  The bill passed through the Senate by a vote of 38-17 on May 29th  and then through the house on May 31stby a vote of 66-47 . [1]  It was signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June

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divorce is final

The Divorce is Final, What’s the Next Step?

All the papers are signed, the arguments are over, and a judgment has been entered, what are the next steps you should ensure your attorney is taking? There are a variety of administrative tasks that need to be accomplished once a judgment is entered in order to make sure your future interests are being protected.

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terminating parental rights

Terminating Parental Rights In Illinois

While a child’s birth parents are initially guaranteed certain parental rights and responsibilities, situations may arise where a parent loses or has these rights terminated. Some parents voluntarily terminate their rights. A voluntary termination requires approval of the court and is typically only granted when an adoptive parent is ready and willing to take over

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Scott’s Law: Move Over, Slow Down

Scott’s Law was enacted in 2002 in response to a fatal traffic accident that occurred on December 23, 2000, in which Chicago Fire Lieutenant Scott Gillen was struck and killed after responding to a car crash.  In response to this, Illinois legislatures passed what is known as Scott’s Law, or the “Move Over law.” Originally,

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Employer child support payments

How Should An Employer Handle Required Support Payments?

Payment of maintenance or child support can – and often does – occur through direct deductions from an individual’s paycheck.  A person owed support is able to submit an Income Withholding for Support order to the court, which is then given to the employer of the person who owes the support. These forms can be used

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