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Divorcing spouses must address many issues, including parenting and child support issues, the division of property and debt, and spousal maintenance. Ideally, divorcing couples will be able to reach an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce. Agreements save divorcing spouses time, energy, and money when compared to having to litigate contested issues. However, most couples need some help to reach an agreement about how to resolve their divorce. Family law mediation or divorce mediation is an alternative resolution method that may help spouses reach agreements on unresolved divorce and family law issues.
Determining the Terms of the Divorce in
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Per Illinois law, unmarried and divorced parents are still expected to contribute to their child’s financial needs. The parent with less parenting time usually fulfills his or her end of the obligation through child support payments. Many parents are confused about how child support is calculated. They know that child support is based on the parents’ respective net incomes; however, they are unsure of what constitutes “net income.” Furthermore, special circumstances can make the process of calculating child support even more complex.  
What Types of Income Are Used to Determine Child Support?
Illinois has adopted the Income Shares Model to
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Sexual harassment falls into two broad categories: hostile work environment harassment and quid pro quo harassment. A hostile work environment is created when a co-worker, supervisor, or employer behaves in ways that make the workplace intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Quid pro quo sexual harassment involves the exchange of job-related benefits for sexual or romantic acts.
Sometimes, sexual harassment is obvious. For example, if a boss suggests to a staff member that he or she will be guaranteed a promotion if the staff member sleeps with him or her, this is a clear example of quid pro quo sexual harassment. However,
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Getting engaged to be married is an exciting time in a person’s life. If you are like many newly engaged individuals, you may be interested in signing a prenuptial agreement, but you do not know how to bring it up with your partner. You may have concerns about how he or she will feel about the idea. This is understandable. Most people misunderstand the purpose of a prenuptial agreement or assume that prenups are only needed if the couple doubts the longevity of their marriage. However, more and more people are realizing that these myths are untrue. Signing a
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Divorce can seem like a daunting process. Most people who want to end their marriage have little to no experience handling legal matters and dealing with the court system. The intense emotional toll divorce takes on a person can make it even harder to address the legal, financial, and logistical aspects of the split. If you are at the beginning stages of a divorce, consider reaching out to an experienced lawyer for help. Additionally, take the following steps to prepare yourself for the divorce process.
Learn About Illinois Divorce Laws
Each state has different divorce laws. To make the situation
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Divorce at any age can be complicated. However, getting divorced in your 60s involves additional complicating factors. If you are thinking about ending your marriage and you are in your 60s, you may have financial, legal, and practical concerns. You may worry about your ability to retire on time or have questions about the ownership of your home. You may also worry about how divorcing will affect your grown children or the friendships you have with other married couples. There is no getting around it: Divorce later in life is challenging. Fortunately, you do not have to go through it
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When married couples with children divorce, they must address more than asset division and other property issues. They must also address how they plan to raise their children as a divorced couple. In Illinois, child custody involves two main components. The allocation of parental responsibilities is the allocation of significant decision-making responsibilities. Parenting time is the time each parent spends with the child. Read on to learn about how parenting time can impact child support payments in a DuPage County divorce.
Do I Pay Less If I Have More Parenting Time?
Child-related expenses can quickly add up and child support
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 Ending a marriage requires the spouses to address multiple financial issues. Most couples need to determine who will keep the marital home, vehicles, furniture, and other property. They may also need to divide bank account balances, retirement funds, business profits, and other assets. Financial issues such as these are especially consequential in a high-asset divorce case.
However, for spouses or the court to determine a reasonable division of assets and liabilities, they must have a full accounting of assets and debts. Unfortunately, some spouses lie about property or income during divorce. They try to hide assets to shield them
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State and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against workers because of their sex or gender. Sexual harassment falls under the umbrella of discrimination based on sex. An employee who is sexually harassed by an employer, supervisor, or co-worker may file a complaint. The employer is required to take action to prevent further harassment.
However, sometimes, the harassing individual is not an employer or employee. Third-party harassment occurs when a non-employee harasses an employee. If you were harassed by a vendor, contractor, customer, or other non-employee at work, read on to learn more.
Is My Employer Responsible for Harassment Committed
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Being the victim of sexual harassment is already bad enough. People not believing you is even worse. Despite it being illegal, many people still face sexual harassment and discrimination at work. The harassment may come in the form of requests for sexual favors, derogatory comments about a person’s sexuality, offensive statements about someone’s body, or unwanted touching. Any form of sexual harassment is unacceptable. No one should have to tolerate being sexually harassed at work.
Employers Have a Legal Obligation to Investigate and Address Sexual Harassment
Did you know that per state and federal law, employers have to address sexual
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Divorce can be daunting for anyone. Most spouses considering divorce are only vaguely aware of what the divorce process involves. They may also be juggling feelings of regret, anger, and sadness which can make the divorce process even more intimidating. Fortunately, you do not have to handle divorce on your own. An experienced divorce lawyer can guide you through the process, offering the legal advocacy you need during this difficult time.

However, no two divorce lawyers are the same. It is important that the divorce lawyer you choose has the skills and experience needed to handle your particular situation effectively.
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As parents age and children become adults, sometimes the parenting roles flip, and an adult child takes on a caretaking role for his or her parents. Age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and physical disabilities can leave an older person unable to care for themselves. If your parent is suffering from a physical or mental disability, you may be curious about seeking guardianship.

Guardian of an Adult in Illinois
Guardianship is a legal tool that gives control of a person’s personal affairs and/or finances to someone else – often a relative of the disabled person. The Illinois probate court
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Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination. While unlawful, sexual harassment continues to occur in DuPage County and throughout Illinois. Workplace sexual harassment falls into two broad categories: Quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment.

Many people are unsure of what types of behaviors constitute sexual harassment. Some victims of sexual harassment convince themselves that they are overreacting or misunderstanding the situation. To be clear, anyone who feels threatened, offended, insulted, or demeaned at work should speak up. Even if the behavior has not yet crossed the line into sexual harassment, it is likely to escalate in the
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Many people assume that money is the answer to all of their problems. However, in reality, money can often make life more complicated. This is certainly the case when it comes to divorce. High net worth divorce cases usually involve a greater number of complex issues legally, financially, and personally. If you and your spouse have amassed considerable wealth and you plan to divorce, keep the following considerations in mind.
Valuing and Classifying Property May Be the Hardest Part of the Property Division Process
Deciding who gets what is often one of the most contentious parts of the divorce process. In a
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It is common for spouses to mutually agree that one will work outside the home, while the other stays home to raise children or manage the household. When couples in these situations divorce, the spouse who did not work for pay is often fearful about how they will support themselves going forward. Fortunately, Illinois courts consider the value of non-economic contributions made by a homemaker spouse during property division decisions.

Illinois law also offers opportunities to homemakers in the form of spousal maintenance. Working with an experienced divorce lawyer can help ensure that you take full advantage of these opportunities.
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Employees have the right to be free from sexual advances and offensive behavior at work. Although multiple federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment, workplace harassment and discrimination continue to be problems in Illinois and throughout the U.S.
Unfortunately, many victims of workplace sexual harassment never report the harassment. They fear that nothing will be done to stop the harassing behavior, or worse, that they will face retaliation for reporting the harassment. If you are in this situation, you should know that retaliation is unlawful. Your employer may not “punish” you for filing a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint.
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