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With divorce cases, orders of protection are not uncommon. Unfortunately, domestic violence and other circumstances that place people’s safety in jeopardy may be a key factor in someone’s desire to file for divorce as it is. 
While getting a divorce is an excellent first step in distancing yourself from a partner who places you or your children in harm’s way, the divorce process can sometimes take a long time. For people who need protection sooner than later, there are options, known as protection orders, that can keep children out of their partner’s reach before the divorce is finalized. 
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Ideally, the process of getting a divorce would always be amicable. Two partners would come to the mutual decision that their marriage is either no longer sustainable or worth the effort that maintaining it would require, and from there, the dissolution of marriage would take place without any arguments. 
However, not all spouses break up in a calm or cordial manner. In fact, in some cases, domestic violence either precedes or coincides with divorce proceedings. If you find yourself in this situation, an Illinois family law attorney can assist you in seeking a protection order from your violent or abusive
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Orders of protection are legal documents that instruct one party to refrain from contacting, harassing, or abusing the other party. While the exact reason for obtaining an order of protection will differ from one circumstance to the next, many orders of protection are granted in situations where domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or various forms of harrassment are taking place. Since an order of protection is designed to keep someone safe from another person, having an ex who violates a protective order can be terrifying. 
What Happens When an Order of Protection is Violated? 
Violating an order of protection
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As a parent or a guardian, the last place you want to hear from is the Department of Children and Family Services. However, DCFS receives thousands of calls from concerned individuals on an annual basis, meaning that many parents experience a knock on their door from DCFS agents who must look into a children’s wellbeing. 
What is a DCFS Case? 
The Department of Children and Family Services is a government agency that focuses on the safety and wellbeing of children. With a mission to protect children at all costs, agents who work for the Department of Children and Family Services
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While not everyone understands the technical aspects of the law, many people know that the relationship between a lawyer and a client is confidential. Known as attorney-client privilege, this privacy is a very important aspect of the relationship between a client and an attorney.
However, attorney-client privilege can come across as a vague term to those who do not fully understand what it means. So, what exactly is attorney-client privilege? And how does it serve people who hire lawyers to represent them in divorce cases?

What is Attorney-Client Privilege?
Attorney-client privilege refers to a dynamic in which a client can
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Car accidents are traumatic experiences that we all hope to avoid. Unfortunately, they are not always avoidable. As much as you would like to go throughout life without ever getting into an accident, it is still important to be aware of what you should do in the event that you are in one.
When it comes to head-on collisions, there are a few key facts that you should read about and remember in case you find yourself involved in a head-on collision. Whether you are at fault or the accident was caused by the other party, keep these three things
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Car accidents can have serious consequences, especially when the person who caused the accident was driving drunk. Physical injury, emotional trauma, vehicle damage, and long-term medical care are all too common after a bad drunk driving incident. Although the drunk driver is often the person facing a lawsuit, the bar at which the driver got drunk may, under certain circumstances, also be held responsible for the accident. If you have suffered personal injury in a car crash caused by someone driving under the influence, read on. 
What is Illinois’ Dram Shop Act? 
All states have laws prohibiting the sale
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When an employee is injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can be a desperately needed source of financial support for serious injuries or disability. But even under the best of circumstances, an employer’s insurance company will work hard to find a reason to deny a workers’ compensation claim.
One common excuse insurance companies and employers use to deny workers’ compensation claims is that the employee was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and that the intoxication, rather than unsafe working conditions, led to the worker’s injuries. However, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employee can
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During routine traffic stops in Illinois, police frequently search vehicles for reasons unrelated to the alleged traffic violation. Any illegal drug or weapons found in the car can lead to an arrest. The quality of police-civilian interactions in such situations often deteriorates quickly and leaves the driver no opportunity to stop and think about their rights. But once the search is over and the illegal substances have been found, it may seem too late to change anything. 
But is it legal for a routine traffic stop to turn into a search leading to the discovery of drugs, weapons,
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Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists often have to share the same roads. When motorists fail to obey traffic laws and pay attention to their surroundings, they may collide with pedestrians or cyclists causing catastrophic accidents. A human body is no match for a motor vehicle and pedestrian accident victims are often left with severe, life-changing injuries. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, read on to learn about your legal options.
Pedestrian Crashes Caused by Negligent Drivers
Part of being a responsible driver is remaining cautious of other people on the roads. Many
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If your license has been suspended or revoked, you should not be driving – period. Getting caught driving under suspension or revocation in Illinois is not just a traffic ticket or a fine. It is charged as at least a Class A misdemeanor, and you could go to jail for it. If your driving privileges were related to a DUI offense, or if you committed another offense while driving under suspension, the consequences are likely to be even more severe.
If you are being charged with driving on a suspended license, it is important that you take the matter seriously
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When someone is the victim of threats, intimidation, abuse, or violence perpetrated by a household or family member, they may petition the court for an order of protection. Called restraining orders in other states, protection orders are valuable legal tools for victims of domestic violence. However, protection orders are also vulnerable to misuse by individuals perpetuating false claims of domestic violence. Whether you are the subject of a protection order or you want to get a protection order to shield yourself from abuse, it is important to understand how these legal tools work.
Emergency Orders of Protection in Illinois
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Parents who divorce have several important decisions to make. If they choose to share custody, they must decide how decisions about their child’s upbringing will be made and who will care for the child when. They must also address how any future modifications to their parenting plan will be handled, what to do if a parent cannot fulfill their parenting time obligation, and several other concerns. As you write your parenting plan, keep the following tips in mind.
Work Collaboratively on the Parenting Plan, If Possible
If it is possible, it is generally preferred for parents to write the
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Thousands of people suffer personal injuries every year because of defective products. Often, their quality of life is drastically impacted as a result. Many victims suffer tremendous pain, are left unable to work, and are buried under medical debt.
Mired in such desperate circumstances, many victims decide to pursue legal action. Although many defective product lawsuits are brought under a theory of negligence, they can also be brought under a theory of strict liability.

How Strict Liability Lawsuits Work
Negligence refers to carelessness or irresponsibility that results in injury or death. Many product liablitiy claims are founded upon an allegation
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A hernia is one of the most common workplace injuries. It occurs when an organ or fatty tissue is extruded through the casing of connective tissue that holds an organ in place. This tissue is called the “fascia” and contains many nerve cells giving it skin-like sensitivity.
Hernias are a widespread complication with a 1.7 percent prevalence among all age groups. It is estimated that nearly 5 million people in the United States are living with the condition.
The symptoms of a hernia can vary widely. Initially, they manifest in a protruding bulge that causes pain and sensitivity in
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In most criminal cases, the defendant usually tries to escape punishment by arguing that they did not commit the crime. However, sometimes the defendant admits they committed the crime but argues that their actions were justified. This is known as an affirmative defense.
An affirmative defense is a claim that an otherwise illegal act occurred in a context that makes it legal. If the defendant can prove that his behavior was justified under the law, he will be acquitted.
Common Administrative Defenses
Classic examples of an affirmative defense include:
Self-defense- Self-defense is invoked more than any other affirmative defense.
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