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What is a “Substantial Change in Circumstances” for Modifying Child Support or Maintenance?

Anyone under an obligation to pay child support or maintenance has probably heard the phrase “substantial change in circumstances.” This is the standard typically required to get a modification of support or maintenance unless the order is able to be reviewed for other reasons, such as a certain amount of time that has passed since …

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Supreme Court Rules Against Punitive Civil Forfeiture

On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, ruling that the State of Indiana’s seizure of Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover violated the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution as an excessive fine.[1]  This new decision is sure to have a major impact on property seizures by law enforcement agencies …

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Do You Have Fertility Preservation Insurance?

Worries of infertility after serious medical conditions or treatments are being lessened by a new Illinois law, effective January 1, 2019. Pursuant to 215 ILCS 5/356z.29, any individual or group policy of accident and health insurance that is either amended, delivered, issued or renewed in Illinois after January 1, 2019, mustprovide coverage for medically necessary …

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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Attempted Pension Reform

On November 29, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declared two recent changes in Public Act 97-651, impacting the calculations for some pension plans, to be unconstitutional.[1]In Carmichael v Laborers’ & Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity & Benefit Fund of Chicago, the Court was forced to decide whether these recent amendments, which modified the calculation of …

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