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Raising a child with a disability can be an extremely meaningful and rewarding experience. However, it can also bring on significant personal and financial challenges. When a parent has a child with a disability, the child may need extra assistance with daily living tasks like dressing and eating. The child may also require extensive medical care, special education, or tutoring. For parents of disabled children, these challenges do not disappear when the child reaches age 18. Consequently, some divorced and unmarried parents are entitled to financial assistance from the other parent even after their child has reached adulthood. Child Support…
Driving under the influence may result in significant penalties in Illinois, including driver’s license suspension, mandatory alcohol education classes, and in some cases, even jail time. DUI penalties are especially severe if there are certain aggravating circumstances present or it is not the defendant’s first DUI. If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with drunk driving based on the results of a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test, you may wonder if these test results may be disputed. Contesting the Result of a Breath Alcohol Test In Illinois, a driver is intoxicated “per se,” or automatically considered…
If you are a parent, your children are probably a top priority in your divorce. You may be well aware of the profound impact divorce often has on children and want to ensure that you do whatever you can to minimize your kids’ suffering. You may hold strong opinions about the child custody arrangements that are best for your kids after a divorce. What happens if these opinions differ from the other parent’s opinions? How are child custody disputes handled in Illinois? Child Custody Laws in Illinois In Illinois, child custody is now referred to as “parental responsibilities” and…
In the state of Illinois, a DUI conviction can lead to serious consequences, including jail time, loss of driving privileges, fines, and additional penalties. In situations that involve a minor child, however, the penalties can be even more severe. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI that includes a minor child, it is imperative to discuss your case with a skilled DUI defense attorney. At Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C., we understand the gravity of situations such as this and we are prepared to defend your legal rights both in and out of court.  Potential…
Spousal maintenance (also referred to as spousal support or alimony) is a payment made from one ex-spouse to another during or after the finalization of a divorce, dissolution of a civil union, or legal separation. When determining if an individual is entitled to financial assistance, a court will consider many different factors and circumstances, including each spouse’s income and property, the needs of each party, any involved impairments, and the length of the marriage. If you are seeking monetary payments from an ex-spouse, or if you are looking to contest a spousal support request, it is highly recommended to…
In the state of Illinois, retail theft is committed when an individual knowingly takes an item from a retail establishment without proper payment or authorization. While there are many different types of retail theft, shoplifting is arguably the most common. In any scenario involving retail theft, the evidence surrounding the case could be your best defense. If you have been detained by a store employee who has accused you of retail theft, it is imperative to seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Merchant Detention According to section 720 ILCS 5/16-26, any merchant with a reasonable belief that…
Domestic violence can occur in a variety of different ways, including but not limited to physical and verbal abuse, threats, stalking, and harassment. In the state of Illinois, an order of protection may be granted to help individuals who feel that they are in danger. Unfortunately, an order of protection does not always work, as the abuser may still find a way to contact the victim. In cases such as this, it is important to discuss the events of your situation with an experienced order of protection attorney. What Is an Order of Protection An order of protection is a…
Domestic battery charges in Illinois are often pursued very aggressively. Depending on the conditions of the situation, it is possible that severe charges can result. In addition to potential fines and prison time, individuals convicted of domestic battery may also see changes to their parental rights. If you have been charged with domestic battery, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to protect your rights. Domestic Battery in Illinois Domestic battery offenses affect a wide scale of families every year. In the state of Illinois, an individual commits domestic battery if he or…
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…