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Alimony, spousal support, and spousal maintenance are all terms that describe financial support an ex-spouse pays to another ex-spouse. Traditionally, spousal support was paid to wives after a divorce. Women commonly spent their marriages caring for their families and maintaining the home. They often did not have the education or work experience needed to get a job and become financially independent from their husbands. However, times have changed, and many women are now the breadwinners of their families.
If you are getting divorced, you may be curious about your rights and responsibilities regarding spousal maintenance. Spousal support or maintenance
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Construction workers have a vital role in our modern society. Building, repairing, and demolishing structures and roads is no easy task, and dangerous hazards are around every corner. Although many rules and safety requirements are put in place to reduce the chances of construction site injuries and deaths, construction remains an industry with a high rate of worker injuries. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt on a construction site job, contact a work injury lawyer for help.
Getting Compensation for Your Medical Bills and Lost Wages
Construction site injuries can occur for countless reasons. Falling off
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Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving is never a fun experience. Typically, police officers ask a series of questions to drivers suspected of driving under the influence, including “Have you had anything to drink tonight?” Regardless of the answer, the officer may ask the subject to perform a series of field sobriety tests. These tests are supposed to assess a person’s intoxication level. However, medical problems, injuries, and even obesity can prevent a person from completing field sobriety tests accurately.

What is a Field Sobriety Test?
Field sobriety tests are physical actions that a person suspected of
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If you are a divorced parent, the state of Illinois requires both you and your former spouse to contribute to your children’s financial needs. Every three years, the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) will invite you to review and possibly modify your existing child support order. But what if a child’s needs or your financial situation change substantially before then? In that case, you can petition the court to have the child support order modified. 
What Qualifies as a Substantial Change?
You may be a good candidate for a child support modification in these circumstances:

  • Your child’s needs have

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A sudden workplace accident like a fall, fire, or car crash can cause life-altering injuries. The injured worker may not even be able to live the type of life he or she lived before the injury. Workers’ compensation is often available to employees who are hurt on the job. Unfortunately, recovering the full workers’ compensation benefits an injured person is entitled to is often an uphill battle.
If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury at work, you may have questions about your entitlement to workers compensation. Can I get permanent total disability (PTD) benefits in Illinois? How
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When you have been injured by another person’s carelessness or negligence, you might decide to take your case to a personal injury lawyer. After reviewing the details of your case, the attorney could tell you that you do not have a valid case. That lawyer might suggest that, based on the facts, you will not be able to win the case, or imply that even if you won the case, what you will gain from the win will not make the cost of legal representation worth it to you. Be wary of this, particularly if this is the first
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Many dogs are gentle companions. However, dogs are also animals with sharp teeth and claws capable of inflicting severe damage. Puncture wounds, nerve damage, broken bones, and face lacerations are just some of the serious injuries that a young victim may sustain in a dog attack. Approximately 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites every year. About half of dog bite victims are children.
If your child was attacked by a dog, you may be able to seek justice for your child and compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.   
Illinois Law Regarding Dog-Related Injuries  
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It goes without saying that many divorced or separated parents are not especially fond of each other. Parents who do not see eye-to-eye can struggle to co-parent effectively. Some disagree about their child’s education or church involvement. Others differ with regard to household rules or discipline.
Some parents hold onto anger from their marriage and let this anger influence the way they parent their children. They may talk badly about the other parent or even discourage the child from having a close relationship with the other parent.
In some cases, the situation escalates into parental alienation. Parental alienation occurs when
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Employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses may be entitled to financial compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. They may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses such as hospital care and medication as well as part of their lost income. Unfortunately, recovering compensation through workers’ comp is not always straightforward. Many different issues may complicate the process. Employers and workers comp insurance companies may attempt to reduce or eliminate the employee’s workers’ compensation benefits. Sometimes, workers’ compensation insurance companies even conduct surveillance on injured employees, hoping to prove that the employee is not as injured as he or
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As the weather warms up in Illinois, many people are preparing for summer and making plans to spend more time outdoors. For many, summer activities include bicycling. However, bicyclists will often need to spend time on the road, and riding near large and fast-moving vehicles can sometimes be dangerous. When drivers fail to follow the correct traffic laws or do not act safely when driving near bicyclists, dangerous bicycle accidents can occur. By understanding the laws that apply to motor vehicles and bicycles, bicyclists can determine when these accidents were caused by driver negligence, and they may be able to
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Many people do not realize that being arrested for driving under the influence carries an immediate administrative penalty. Even if a person is not convicted of drunk driving, he or she may still be subject to a statutory summary suspension. The suspension period is six months if the person failed a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test and 12 months if the person refused to take a BAC test.

Conviction for driving under the influence results in a driver’s license revocation of one year for a first-time offense. If your license was suspended or revoked, you may not drive any
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Anyone who has ever suffered a back injury knows just how painful these injuries can be. When a work-related incident leads to a back injury, the worker can be left with limited capabilities. Some back injury sufferers are unable to work at all. Back pain is the leading cause of disability across the globe.
Auto accidents, strenuous activities, and repetitive stress are just some of the ways workers can suffer neck and back injuries while on the job. The results of a serious back injury can affect an individual’s life professionally, financially, physically, and psychologically.
Work Accidents and Repetitive Strain
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Divorcing spouses may reach an out-of-court settlement regarding divorce issues like property division or the case may go to litigation. Regardless, the spouses will need to divulge detailed financial information about their income, assets, and debts. Without this information, it is impossible to make an informed decision about financial issues during divorce. Lying about financial information on a financial affidavit is against the law, but unfortunately, some spouses do it anyway.
If you are getting divorced, it is important to be on the lookout for signs of financial deception. Failing to disclose full, accurate financial information can significantly impact
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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that a person dies in a drunk driving crash every 52 minutes on average. It is estimated that approximately one-third of car accidents involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most people know about the dangers of drunk driving but do not truly grasp the severity of the problem until drunk driving directly touches their own lives.
If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed in a drunk driving accident, these numbers are no longer mere statistics. You know firsthand just how devastating a drunk driving crash
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Whether it is a divorce, child custody dispute, paternity case, or another family law issue, children certainly complicate legal matters. Parents, grandparents, and other guardians want what is best for the children. When parties disagree about what is best for kids, the issue can escalate into a full-blown legal battle.
Best Interests Factors in Illinois Law
When a legal dispute involves children, the court seeks to determine the case outcome that serves the child’s best interests. Of course, understanding what is in the child’s best interests is not always easy. When evaluating child-related cases, the court will consider the
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Everyone has experienced the sensation of fatigue or sleepiness. Your eyelids feel heavy, and your vision becomes blurry. It is hard to think clearly, and all you want is to take a nap.
Driving a car under these circumstances is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, many people do so anyway. Drowsy driving is estimated to cause approximately 100,000 traffic accidents every year, resulting in 50,000 injuries and 800 fatalities annually.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may be able to take legal action against the liable party. You may
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