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Divorcing spouses have many additional issues to consider when they share children. In Illinois, divorcing parents are asked to provide a “parenting plan” to the court. This plan provides the basis for the child custody arrangement after the split is finalized. Developing a parenting plan is rarely simple, and there are seemingly countless factors to consider. If you are a parent who plans to divorce soon, make sure you understand your obligations and rights regarding the parenting plan.
Deadline for Filing a Parenting Plan
Illinois law allows parents 120 days to file a parenting plan after the divorce petition is
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Whether the conviction was for DUI, domestic battery, theft, or another offense, having a criminal conviction on your record can impact your life dramatically. A criminal record can make it difficult to find and maintain employment, pursue higher education opportunities, and secure housing. Being found guilty or pleading guilty to a crime can also harm your personal reputation, because of the social stigma associated with having a criminal record.
If you have been convicted of a crime, you may be able to have your record hidden from view through a process known as record sealing
What is Record Sealing? 
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Modern families often have two spouses who work outside the home and earn a living. In today’s world, many wives make just as much money as their husbands – if not more. Consequently, some people wonder if alimony is even available in a 2022 divorce.  
Illinois law does allow for alimony, technically called “spousal maintenance,” during a divorce. There are a few different ways that a spouse may be entitled to maintenance payments. If you are ending your marriage, it is important to know how spousal maintenance may come into play during your divorce.
Who Can Get Spousal Maintenance?
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For college-aged individuals, fall holidays and football games often involve parties in which people are drinking alcohol and using drugs. It is not uncommon for college students to be accused of engaging in non-consensual sexual conduct during these types of events. Party attendants may be accused of having sex with someone who was too intoxicated to consent to the activity, or even charged with forcing someone to have sex against their will.
If you or your college-aged child have been accused of sexual assault or rape, make sure to secure strong legal counsel right away. Allegations like these have
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Illinois uses the term “parenting time” instead of “visitation” when referring to the time a parent spends with his or her child. Divorced spouses and unmarried co-parents must contend with several complex issues. Determining a parenting time schedule is often of the most challenging aspects of a shared custody arrangement. This is especially true if a parent has an unpredictable work schedule or if parents disagree about how to share time with their children. If you are a parent currently going through a divorce or separation, consider the following factors when designing your parenting time schedule. 
Reaching an Out-Of-Court Agreement
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Anyone who has been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving is familiar with alcohol breath tests or “breathalyzers.” These devices are used by the police to determine if a suspect has been drinking. The officer instructs the driver to blow into the device. After a few moments, the device displays a number indicating the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Are these devices accurate? Can extraneous factors interfere with the device’s ability to detect intoxication? Can an individual charged with driving under the influence (DUI) avoid conviction if the breath alcohol device results were incorrect?
Factors That Can Interfere with Breath
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Financial transparency is crucial to the divorce process. Spouses can only divide their shared assets and debts when they fully understand what they own and what they owe. Spousal support and child support calculations require an accurate understanding of each spouse’s income.
If one spouse is not being truthful about his or her income and assets, it can have a major impact on the divorce settlement. The innocent spouse may be ordered to pay more support than he or she can truly afford, or may end up with a smaller share of the marital property.
If you believe your spouse
Continue Reading My Spouse is Lying about Income and Property During Divorce. Now What? 

Although a surprising percentage of people have one or two offenses on their criminal record, having an arrest or criminal charge on your record can still damage your future. Employers and landlords who perform background checks may see an arrest record and refuse to proceed with the candidate. Even if someone is arrested but not convicted of the offense, the simple act of being arrested can cause substantial harm.
Many people falsely believe that they only have a criminal record if they have been convicted of a crime or spent time in jail. Unfortunately, this is not the case. An
Continue Reading Does an Illinois Arrest Show Up On Your Record if You Were Not Convicted? 

Abusive marriages are more common than many people realize. Unfortunately, many domestic violence victims suffer in silence, hoping that their abusive husbands or wives will change their ways. Victims may also stay in abusive marriages because the abuser has convinced the victim that the abuse is somehow his or her fault. Gaslighting, or using psychological manipulation to make a person question his or her perception of reality, is one tactic abusers use to control victims.
If you want to divorce a manipulative, controlling, or abusive spouse, it is important to prepare yourself, understand the tactics used by abusers, and gather
Continue Reading Gaslighting: How Abusers Use Psychological Manipulation to Manipulate Their Spouses 

Automated self-service checkouts are becoming more and more popular. You can find these devices everywhere from grocery stores to gas stations. Using the self-checkout at a store can be convenient, but it also comes with its own set of risks. One of those risks is being accused of shoplifting if you make a mistake while scanning your items.
Many people assume that an innocent mistake cannot lead to criminal charges. However,  it is entirely possible to be accused of retail theft even if you never intended to steal an item. In Illinois, retail theft may be a misdemeanor or
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There is no doubt that social media has become a major part of our lives. Most people have at least one social media account where they document the events and activities they participate in. Facebook alone has more than two billion users and is also cited in one out of every five divorces that occur in this country as it has become a conduit to discover evidence of infidelity and other bad behaviors a spouse may be engaging in.
In addition to having the potential to harm a relationship, social media posts can also be harmful while someone is going
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Many cities and towns across the United States have been dealing with increasing crime rates. While many people think of major crimes such as murder and sexual assault when they hear about crime rates, there has also been an increase in street crimes, which include offenses like robberies, vandalism, and solicitation. With law enforcement and prosecutors focused on cracking down on these types of crimes, it is especially important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney representing you.
What Are Street Crimes?
The term “street crimes” can apply from minor crimes all the way to major felony offenses. A
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When you are getting a divorce in Illinois, the courts require that each spouse submit a full financial disclosure in order to ensure the final divorce settlement is fair for both sides. One of the most critical documents that both parties must submit is a financial affidavit. Even if the divorce is a friendly and agreeable one, this is a required document.
What Information Is Required?
Spouses’ financial affidavits are used to get a clear picture of what the marital estate looks like and what the financial standing of each spouse is. The court will use this information to
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In Illinois, more than 40 percent of women and 25 percent of men say they have been victims of domestic violence. It is these statistics that have propelled the state to enact stringent domestic violence laws. Part of these laws includes the right of an alleged victim to request the court issue an order of protection against the person they say has abused them. Violating an order of protection can result in serious consequences, including automatic jail time. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need an Illinois criminal defense attorney representing you.

Domestic Violence in Illinois
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One of the most critical issues a divorcing couple has to come to an agreement on is child custody, referred to as the allocation of parental responsibilities under Illinois law. While some couples are able to work together to come up with a custody and parenting plan that they both agree on, the relationships of many other couples have broken down so irretrievably that they cannot agree on anything.
Having a seasoned Illinois family lawyer advocating for you and negotiating on your behalf can be crucial to ensuring that your parental rights are protected. The following are some of the
Continue Reading What Issues Should Your Illinois Custody Agreement Include?

Every state makes its own laws when it comes to divorce, child custody, and child support. This also includes whether or not a parent will be responsible for any contributions towards their child’s college education. In Illinois, the state is committed to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to obtain an education. This can also include requiring a parent who has the means to pay towards their child’s college education.
Illinois Law
Under Illinois law, the judge presiding over a divorce can order parents to pay for a child’s educational expenses. This not only includes tuition for school,
Continue Reading Who Pays for College When Parents Divorce?