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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Illinois to legalize sports gambling

Illinois to Legalize Sports Gambling?

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on Murphy v National Collegiate Athletic Association last year, which provided a framework for state-sanctioned sports betting, many lawmakers have been lining up to take advantage.  So far, seven states have passed some form of state-regulated sports betting: Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania,

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legal age to purchase tobacco

Illinois Raises Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco

On April 8, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed legislation officially raising the legal age to purchase tobacco in Illinois from 18 to 21.  House Bill 345, otherwise known as the “Tobacco 21” bill, states that no person under the age of 21 may purchase tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or any other alternative nicotine product, and imposes

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crime free housing

Crime Free Housing: Problem or Solution?

Crime Free Housing, a relatively recent phenomena, has begun to spread through Illinois as well as many other states.  However, what does that mean for local residents?  Why has it proven so divisive?  Sherer Law Offices is here to walk you through why some people are praising the Crime Free Housing initiative while others condemn

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who keeps the ring

It’s Over – But Who Keeps the Ring?

The exchange of engagement and wedding rings is a symbolic and important part of many relationships, but what happens to them if a marriage or engagement ends? [1] ENGAGEMENT RINGS Illinois courts identify engagement rings as gifts made in the contemplation of marriage.  Courts recognize that, since an engagement ring is a gift given in

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Potential Relocation Changes Loom For Illinois

Relocation is one of the more complex areas of Family Law.  Relocation issues arise when one parent wants to move the children a significant distance, whether in the state of Illinois or to another state.  When the children’s parents are separated, relocation requires specific authorization from the court before the children can be moved. This

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prenuptial agreement

Make Sure Your Prenuptial Agreement is Enforceable

Many couples will enter into a prenuptial agreement (or a “prenup”) before they get married.  These agreements are intended to decide how your assets would be divided and financial terms of what would happen if you were to get divorced.  While it can be uncomfortable to think about separating from someone you are just about

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What Is Mediation?

If you are currently in the midst of a divorce or other proceeding involving child custody, visitation, or division of assets, then you are likely familiar with the term “mediation.” While the term may conjure up images of corporate board rooms, family mediation in Illinois is actually a much different process.  Understanding what happens during

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equal parenting time

Proposed Bill Mandates Equal Parenting Time

Currently pending in the Illinois Legislature is House Bill 0185, which if enacted, may prove to have major ramifications in any divorce case involving children.  Under this new bill, unless specifically stated in a court approved parenting plan, each parent would be granted equal parenting time. [1] This award of equal parenting time would a

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