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Besides being emotionally draining, getting divorced can take a significant toll on a couple’s finances. Fortunately, there are steps that divorcing parties can take to reduce their post-divorce finance-related concerns. Most couples are, for instance, urged to immediately begin accounting for their assets and expenses, both to ensure that any property settlements are fair, but also to help uncover any evidence of marital waste or fraud on the part of one of the spouses. To learn more about the financial aspects of divorce, please reach out to one of our experienced DuPage County divorce lawyers today. Inventory Bank Accounts Property…
Many couples breathe a sigh of relief upon the finalization of their divorces, believing that their legal problems are now over. This, however, is not always the case, especially for couples who share custody of a child. In fact, it is more likely than not that a family will eventually need to re-address their parenting plan to account for a change in circumstances, like a new job, or even just a child’s changing needs. These changes must, however, be accompanied by compliance with specific steps, especially if one or both of a child’s parents want to relocate. For help ensuring…
The charges a person will face when they are accused of driving under the influence will largely depend on their prior criminal record. Specifically, any prior DUI convictions the accused has on their record will be considered. However, the courts will only look back on a certain period of time when determining the sentence for someone convicted of a DUI. This is known as the lookback period. Typical time frames for loopback periods in other states are five to ten years, and when a person has a DUI conviction that occurred before that period, the court will not consider it.…
Divorces that involve children have many more complex issues than cases that do not. It is natural for parents to first become concerned with child custody issues, but child support is another contentious issue that must be addressed. Divorce is already an expensive process which is made even more costly when one spouse learns they will have to pay child support. Some people may want to avoid paying child support so much that they take drastic measures such as quitting their job. In these cases, their former spouse is typically left wondering if that is even allowed. While no one…
If you have received a traffic ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign or speeding, you may think it is easiest to simply check the ‘guilty’ box on the back of the ticket and pay the fine. However, even if the traffic violation will not result in a conviction on your driving record, you should not immediately concede that you are guilty. There are many ways a DuPage County criminal defense lawyer can help you fight the traffic ticket, and you will realize many benefits when working with one. Avoid High Fines and Possible Jail Time While a…
If you are going through a divorce, you likely have a lot of questions. It is critical to receive the answers you need so you fully understand the process and can better protect your rights. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about family law in Illinois, and the answers to them. Is a Legal Separation Required? Unlike some states, Illinois does not place a mandatory separation period on couples before they can file for divorce. If one party does not agree to the divorce, you may have to live separate and apart from your spouse. This…
is not only an emotional process, but it is also a legal one governed by many laws and procedural rules. People going through issues such as child custody, property division, and more are often not aware of how the legal process works and so, they make mistakes that end up hurting their case. To ensure you receive the fair settlement you deserve, read the most common mistakes made below, and how to avoid them. Choosing the Wrong Kind of Divorce Many people think that to get a divorce, they must enter litigation and go to trial. While this is sometimes…
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime, and Illinois prosecutors might not take kindly to your argument that you were too confused or shaken to stop. Even if the accident only caused property damage, you might face a criminal charge under Illinois statutes. Please contact a criminal defense lawyer in DuPage County for help with your defense. What the Law Says about Stopping Several laws lay out a driver’s obligations after an accident. Collectively, they require the following: “Immediately stop” your vehicle at the scene or as close as possible without blocking traffic (625 ILCS 5/11-401) Share…
Yes. Driving under the influence includes more than being intoxicated by alcohol. The law also prohibits driving under the influence of drugs, including marijuana. Although Illinois has decriminalized recreational marijuana use, some people wrongly think they can toke up behind the wheel. Unfortunately, as our DuPage County DUI attorney explains below, you can face some serious penalties. What Is a Cannabis DUI? A cannabis DUI is the unlawful operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. Under 625 ILCS 5/11-501.2(a)(6), you can be charged if you have the following tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels within two hours of driving:…
Every criminal case turns on evidence. Without it, the state cannot secure a conviction for even the lowest-level crimes, and defendants can walk free. Sometimes evidence is contradictory, and it is up to the judge or jury to decide who is telling the truth or what evidence is most believable. At Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C., our team will aggressively review all evidence found by the state and go even further, looking for exculpatory evidence to clear your name of a retail theft charge. Our team includes a Polish-speaking attorney, so please do not delay contacting us. Your Own…
From collecting financial records to starting to think about child custody arrangements, taking a few preparatory steps can make all the difference when it comes to getting ready for your divorce. To learn more about what is required to obtain a divorce in Illinois, please contact an experienced Lombard divorce lawyer who can help ensure that your divorce goes as smoothly as possible. Addressing Your Finances Some of the most difficult aspects of ending a marriage involve a couple’s finances. To help divorcing couples should be sure to start collecting important financial documentation, including: Income-related records, such as pay stubs,…
When legally ending a marriage in Illinois, couples are required to divide their marital assets in an equitable manner. This makes the determination of whether an asset is marital or separate extremely important, so if you and your spouse are contemplating divorce and you have questions about whether you will need to share a certain asset, it is important to speak with an experienced Lombard, IL property division lawyer who can help you. Separate vs. Marital Property In Illinois, the date of a couple’s marriage is usually used to differentiate between the separate and marital assets of two parties. Generally,…
For many couples, the family home is their most valuable asset, which can make deciding the fate of that residence especially complicated in the event of divorce. Fortunately, couples do have a number of options when it comes to deciding who gets the family home in the divorce, options that will depend largely on a specific set of questions, so if you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you should speak with an experienced property division lawyer in Lombard, IL who can evaluate your circumstances and advise you accordingly. Is the Home Marital Property? One of the…
The penalties faced by a person who has been accused of retail theft in Illinois are some of the most severe in the U.S. For instance, defendants convicted of shoplifting items worth $300 or more face up to five years in prison and fines of $25,000. To ensure that you are not unfairly convicted of retail theft or a similar crime, please reach out to our experienced Lombard, IL retail theft lawyers today. Defining Retail Theft Retail theft is defined under Illinois law as the taking of merchandise without paying for its full value. Because it is so broadly defined,…
Those who have been charged with domestic battery face serious penalties, including jail time, making it especially important for those who have been accused of this offense, to speak with an experienced Lombard, IL domestic battery attorney as soon as possible about their defense strategy. What Is Domestic Battery? Under Illinois law, a person commits domestic battery if he or she: Causes bodily harm to a family or household member Makes physical contact (of a provoking or insulting nature) with a family or household member It is important to note that a person can only be convicted of this crime…
Many people who are arrested or charged with a crime are surprised to learn that even if they are found not guilty, or their charges are dropped, they will still have a criminal record. These records can be accessed by the public, which can have significant repercussions for a person’s ability to find employment or secure housing. While it is possible to have one’s criminal record erased or sealed, doing so can be difficult, so if you were arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime in Illinois, you should speak with an experienced Lombard, IL expungement lawyer who…