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Savvy investors often buy one or more real estate properties. They rent the properties to tenants and receive rental income. While rental properties are a great way to earn passive income, addressing real estate property during a divorce is often complex. Many landlords are unsure of how rental properties will be dealt with during their divorce. If you or your spouse own one or more rental homes, speak to a divorce lawyer for help.
Real Estate Property Ownership Rights
There are two main types of assets in an Illinois divorce. Marital assets are those assets acquired during the marriage. Separate
Continue Reading How Are Rental Properties Handled in an Illinois Divorce?

Ending a marriage means addressing several complicated issues, including marital property division and child-related concerns. Divorcing spouses in Illinois may use an alternative resolution method called mediation to discuss divorce issues and reach a resolution. Many people find that mediation allows them to avoid litigation and reach an out-of-court agreement that both spouses are happy with. However, mediation will only be successful if both spouses are committed to resolving disputes and willing to put in the effort needed to do so.
Determine What You Are and Are Not Willing to Compromise On
Divorce mediation almost always requires spouses to compromise
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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects Americans’ right to own firearms. However, the right to own or carry a gun is limited by federal and Illinois laws. The Illinois Firearms Restraining Order Act, often called the “red flag law,” allows for the confiscation of an individual’s firearms and prohibits the person from purchasing additional firearms. If you own a firearm in Illinois or you are facing criminal charges related to the possession or use of a firearm, it is crucial that you understand how red flag laws can affect you.
Suspension of a Person’s Firearm Privileges
Recent school
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Divorcing spouses without children can walk away from the relationship after their divorce is complete. Even if they are subject to spousal support orders or other court orders, they are not forced to interact with each other the way divorcing spouses with children are forced to interact.
In a high-conflict divorce case involving children, parents are often unable to work together to raise children through a cooperative co-parenting relationship. Parallel parenting may offer an opportunity for high-conflict parents to reduce interaction and mitigate conflict while prioritizing their child’s best interests.
Restricting Communication to Reduce Conflict
Research shows that conflict between
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Shoplifting and other forms of retail theft have been on the rise for the last few years. Many people who take something from the store without paying see the act as a victimless crime. Stealing an item from a big box store with millions of dollars in assets may seem inconsequential. However, being convicted of retail theft can have serious repercussions. In some cases, shoplifting can even be a felony offense.
If you or a loved one were accused of theft, contact a criminal defense lawyer for personalized legal help right away.
Misdemeanor Charges for Shoplifting
The severity of theft
Continue Reading Retail Theft Can Be a Felony Offense Punishable by Serious Jail Time

In Illinois, physical custody of a child is called “parenting time.” When a parent has concerns about a child’s safety with the other parent, he or she may ask the court to impose certain parenting time restrictions. For example, a parent may request that the other parent’s parenting time be supervised by a third party. This is sometimes called “supervised visitation.”
If your child’s other parent or another party is seeking to restrict your parenting time, contact a child custody lawyer for legal advice and support specific to your situation.
When Can the Court Limit a Parent’s Parenting
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In any divorce case, there are important financial issues to be determined. The spouses’ assets and debts will need to be identified, classified, valued, and divided. Spouses may also be subject to child support and spousal support obligations.
If you are getting divorced, you may have questions about how your money and property will be dealt with. Specifically, you may wonder whether assets you received through inheritance are subject to division. Typically, inheritance is not divided between spouses in an Illinois divorce. However, as with many financial concerns during divorce, the answer is not always this straightforward.

Marital Versus Non-Marital
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Being a stepparent can be challenging. However, it can also be deeply rewarding. Many times, a stepmom or stepdad becomes an essential figure in a child’s life, acting as if he or she was the child’s biological parent. However, stepparents do not have the same rights as biological parents. For example, if a stepparent divorces the child’s biological parent, the stepparent has to no right to parenting time with the child. For this reason and many others, some stepparents choose to legally adopt their stepchildren.
Stepparent Adoption When the other Parent Consents
The law says that children can only have
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Criminal records are public information. If someone is charged with a crime, anyone can view the arrest record with a few clicks of the mouse button. Not only does a criminal record harm an individual’s personal reputation, it can also prevent that person from securing adequate housing and employment.
If you have a criminal record, you may be interested in getting your record expunged. Read on to learn about expungement and record sealing in Illinois.
Do I Have a Criminal Record if I Was Never Convicted?
In the United States, people are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.
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If you are engaged to be married, congratulations! Marriage can be a wonderful way to formalize a committed relationship. However, marriage is not without financial risk. One way married individuals can mitigate the financial risks associated with marriage and protect their financial future is by creating a prenuptial agreement.
Prenuptial agreements are becoming more and more popular, especially among millennials. In a study conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, over 60 percent of the lawyers surveyed noticed an increased number of engaged couples seeking prenups. The increase is not surprising given the significant benefits associated with prenuptial
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Illinois is one of 18 states that legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, that does not mean that anyone can use this substance at anytime without consequence. There are still many marijuana-related laws on the books, including laws limiting the quantity of marijuana a person can possess and where he or she can possess it. For example, Illinois law prohibits the use of cannabis in schools or on public transportation. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis.
If you or a loved one were charged with a cannabis-related offense, do not make
Continue Reading Illinois Residents Can Still Face Marijuana-Related Criminal Charges

Divorced parents and parents who never married are often subject to child support orders. Child support is a method for splitting the cost of raising a child between parents who are no longer together and ensures that the child will receive financial support from both parents. In 2016, Illinois changed the way child support is calculated. The amount that a parent pays is now based on both parents’ net incomes, not just the paying parent’s net income. Lawmakers changed the child support calculation method in order to ensure that child support obligations are fair and reasonable, given both parents’ financial
Continue Reading Getting a Fair Child Support Order When a Parent Makes Money "Under the Table"

Childcare, medical expenses, afterschool tutoring, clothes, and groceries are just some of the many child-related expenses parents must manage. When a child is disabled, there are often additional expenses including specialized medical care and educational serves. If your child has an intellectual disability such as autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, fragile X syndrome, or down syndrome, you may be able to extend the length of time that you receive child support from your child’s other parent.
Understanding the Cost of Intellectual Disabilities  
Parents of children with disabilities often face a unique set of challenges both personally and financially. Raising
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Everyone should be aware of their rights – whether they are currently involved in the criminal justice system or not. The United States Constitution and state-level legislation protect our right to avoid self-incrimination, be free from unreasonable searches of our property, and much more.
If you or a loved one were arrested for a criminal offense, it is even more crucial that you fully understand the rights and responsibilities of criminal defendants. Part of this understanding requires myths and rumors about the police to be debunked.

Myth: The Police Must Identify Themselves as Law Enforcement Officers
Television shows and
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The cryptocurrency finance market has grown quickly in the last few years. What was once a niche investment that many assumed would be a waste of money has now become mainstream. As more and more people invest in cryptocurrency and NFTs, these assets are increasingly used as vehicles for hiding money in a divorce. Divorcing individuals deserve a fair share of the marital estate – including a fair share of any digital currencies. If you are getting divorced and you believe your spouse is hiding assets using crypto or NFTs, contact an experienced divorce lawyer for help.

Cryptocurrency May
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Did you know that the human brain does not finish developing until a person is in their mid to late 20s? The prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that regulates impulse control and problem-solving, is one of the last parts of the brain to reach full development. It is no surprise that teenagers and young people sometimes make rash, irresponsible decisions.
If your child was charged with theft, possession of a fake ID, assault, drunk driving, or another criminal offense, do not lose hope. The state of Illinois recognizes that many juvenile offenders are good people who made
Continue Reading Diversion Programs May Help Your Child Turn Their Life Around After a Criminal Offense