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When a person is arrested and charged with a crime of some severity, the implications of the charges do not end with potential jail-time. The truth of the matter is that a serious charge can impact a person for the rest of their life. Having a significant criminal charge on your criminal record can impact a person’s ability to secure employment, housing, and advanced education opportunities. Fortunately, in some instances, it is possible to have charges expunged from your criminal record. Below we will discuss expungement in Illinois, and the importance of speaking with your attorney regarding your options.…
Due to changes in Illinois state family law, child custody is now referred to as parental responsibilities, still, the definition remains the same. If a parent is awarded parental responsibilities, they will essentially be granted custodial privileges. In the state of Illinois, parents can be awarded decision-making power as well as parenting time. While many couples seek to secure the overwhelming majority or all of the parental responsibilities in a divorce, the truth is that sharing parental responsibilities can be in your child’s best interest. If you are seeking a divorce, it is critically important to speak with a…
Every single year, thousands of couples throughout the United States make the difficult decision to file for divorce. The divorce process can be increasingly complicated when children are involved. In the state of Illinois, child custody is now referred to as parental responsibilities. Parental responsibilities will define how time with the children and decision making is allocated between the parents. Due to the fact that the court will make their decision based on the best interest of the child, it is your responsibility to prove that you can provide your child with a safe and healthy living environment. Below we…
Throughout the state of Illinois, hundreds of law enforcement officials statewide are tasked with keeping our roads safe. With that in mind, police personnel are constantly on the lookout for drivers that are failing to adhere to state traffic laws. While some traffic violations will only result in minimal fines and points against your driving record, others can lead to serious legal consequences. Below we will examine some of the more serious traffic violations in Illinois, and why you should seek legal counsel if you have been charged with a violation. Aggravated Speeding: Due to the dangerous nature of…
When a court order is established regarding child support payments or child custody, it is meant to last, but that does not mean it is not subject to alterations. In the state of Illinois, post-decree modifications are common in court order surrounding divorce. Whether you are looking to adjust your child support or child custody order, it is important to understand the steps you need to take to ensure those changes can be made. The most critical step you can take in this process is hiring a skilled attorney with experience in cases of post-decree modifications. Understanding Post-Decree Modifications…
With the divorce rate rising on an annual basis, there is no doubting the fact that there are thousands of unhappy marriages throughout the United States. While most people would simply assume that all unhappy spouses would pursue a divorce, the truth is that things can get complicated. Things can become especially challenging to sort out when children are involved. Many Americans falsely believe that staying in an unhealthy marriage is the best thing they can do for the well-being of their child. In truth, pursuing a divorce and seeking happiness for yourself is oftentimes incredibly beneficial to the mental…
Despite the fact that law enforcement officials are constantly on the lookout for drunk or impaired drivers, many Illinoisans make the decision to drive while intoxicated. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, that over 20,000 DUI arrests were made throughout the state, in 2018 alone. If you have been charged with drinking and driving, it is important to understand the true severity of a DUI conviction. Below we will discuss how a DUI conviction can impact you, and how a skilled criminal defense attorney can help. Why You Should Fight Against a Conviction In the state of Illinois, a…
The divorce process can be challenging for a number of reasons. Not only are two spouses making the difficult decision to end their marriage, but they will also have to navigate the legalities of a divorce. In the state of Illinois, marital assets are to be equitably divided between spouses during a divorce. It should be noted that this does not mean that both spouses will receive half of all assets. In order to ensure a healthy financial future for you and your family after your divorce, it is important to work with an experienced legal professional throughout the divorce…
In the state of Illinois, thousands of couples make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce, each year. While the divorce process can come with unforeseen challenges regardless of the circumstances, the divorce process can be increasingly complex when children are involved. If one parent is awarded primary parental responsibility of a child, the other parent will usually be required to pay some sort of child support. In the state of Illinois, child support payments are calculated through consideration of the income of both parents as well as parenting time and parental responsibilities of both parents. If you believe you…
Every single year thousands of Illinoisans make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. While many divorces can be amicably resolved, others can lead to erratic and aggressive behavior from a spouse. Tragically, domestic violence is alarmingly common when spouses are considering a divorce or experiencing marital issues. If your spouse begins to behave in a manner that makes you fear for the safety of yourself or your children, it may be time to obtain an order of protection. Orders of Protection In Illinois An order of protection is a court order that will restrict an abusive family member…
When a person is charged with a serious criminal offense, the charges can change their life forever. Outside of the potential fines and possible jail time, a significant charge on a person’s criminal record can impact their ability to secure housing and employment opportunities. Fortunately, a person may be able to remove the charges from their record through expungement. Expungement is the process of removing all records of an arrest or charge from the public record. While the expungement process can be complicated, a knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process. The Expungement Process As you and your attorney…
After being charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many people feel as though they have little to no chance of avoiding a conviction. Some people wrongly assume that a DUI conviction will come with limited ramifications, and are simply okay with taking the punishment for the crime they committed. In all reality, both assertions are far from the truth, a DUI conviction can drastically change a person’s life, but in some cases, a conviction can be avoided. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, it is time to seek out the help…
In the state of Illinois, law enforcement officers work diligently to keep travelers safe. With safety at the forefront of all traffic regulations, violations can come with serious consequences including license suspension and revocation. Choosing to drive while your license is suspended or revoked, can come with serious legal ramifications. Below we will examine some of the violations that can compromise your driving privileges and the steps you can take to reinstate your license. Losing Your License While DUI convictions are the most notable cause of a license suspension, with over 90% of all eligible drivers losing their driving privileges…
When a judgment is made in a couple’s divorce, many people feel a level of relief as they move toward a life of independence. Unfortunately, a number of issues can arise post-divorce that can lead to complications with your former-spouse. Whether your former spouse is failing to pay child support payments in full or on time or one party is seeking a post-judgment modification to the child custody or support agreement, you need to take the situation seriously. If you are facing post-divorce complications, speak with a compassionate and experienced divorce attorney regarding your options. Post-Divorce Issues Pertaining to…
Every year thousands of Americans make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. For fathers navigating the divorce process, the chances of winning significant custodial privileges can seem less than favorable. In all reality, there are a number of steps one can take to ensure that you are awarded parental responsibilities. Below we will discuss some of the steps you can take as a single father to ensure that you can maintain a significant relationship with your child, after your divorce. If you are looking to secure child custody, it is time to seek out the help of a…
Despite the fact that thousands of Americans make the decision to pursue a divorce each and every year, the divorce process is rarely emotionally easy. The emotions of a divorce can be amplified when a spouse begins acting in an erratic or hostile manner. It is important to understand the steps you should take when a spouse begins behaving in this way, and the simple mistakes you can avoid throughout the divorce. The first step you can take as you begin the divorce process is hiring a qualified and skilled divorce attorney. Steps You Can Take in a Hostile Divorce…