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Most people assume that once their divorce is finalized, they are done with the divorce process and can relax. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some former spouses refuse to comply with the terms of their divorce judgment. They stop paying child support, fail to provide the spousal maintenance required, or ignore asset division terms. If your ex-spouse is not complying with the terms of your divorce, do not wait to take action. Contact an experienced divorce lawyer for help right away.
Property Division in Divorce
The division of assets and debts is often a crucial aspect of a
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Illinois employees are protected from harassment and discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Illinois Human Rights Act, and other legislation. Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to be an issue in Illinois and throughout the United States. Harassment can come in many forms. Some workers are exposed to crude jokes and offensive remarks. Others are touched inappropriately without their consent while simply trying to do their jobs. Employees may also deal with managers, supervisors, or employers who attempt to gain sexual favors by offering work-related benefits.
Research shows that workers in the manufacturing industry are exposed to sexual harassment at
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Grandparents and grandchildren share a very special bond. If you are a grandparent, you know just how precious the relationship between grandkids and their grandparents can be. However, unexpected life circumstances can threaten the grandparent-grandchild relationship. Family arguments, divorce, or other issues can lead to grandparents being cut out of their grandchildren’s lives. This can be devastating for all the parties involved. As a grandparent, it is important to understand your rights in a situation like this.
Grandparents’ Right to Spend Time with Grandchildren
The law only allows children to have two parents or guardians. Typically, only parents are
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 Sexual harassment has impacted the entertainment industry profoundly, and professional sports are no exception. Many different professional sports stars have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault throughout the past few years. In 2018, former Chicago Bears player Richard Dent was accused of sexual harassment by two women who allegedly interacted with him during business functions. Dent wanted to find out the identities of his accusers but was recently denied that opportunity by the Supreme Court.   
Football Star Accused of Harassment and “Drunk and Disorderly Behavior”
Richard Dent first learned of the allegations against him when two attorneys
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Collecting stamps, coins, fine wines, or other collectibles is not just a fun hobby, it can also be extremely lucrative. If you are a collector, you know just how valuable collections can be. Collections are treated the same as any other assets during a divorce. This means that both spouses may have a right to an equitable share of the collection’s value. Valuing and dividing collections and other high-value assets during a divorce can be quite involved. For help, reach out to a divorce lawyer experienced in complex property division issues.
Who Has Ownership Rights of a Collection?
Many
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The legal relationship between a father and his child is called “paternity.” In Illinois, paternity can influence everything from child support to adoption. Whether you are a mother, father, grandparent, or another important individual in a child’s life, it is important to understand how paternity affects family law issues in Illinois. Read on to learn answers to some of the most common legal questions about paternity.
How is Paternity Established?
Per Illinois law, paternity is assumed in certain cases. If a married woman gives birth, her husband is presumed to be the child’s father. The father does not need to
Continue Reading Your Top Questions About Paternity in Illinois, Answered

If you do a quick Google search for “sexual harassment,” you may notice that the results often assume that the perpetrator of the harassment is a man and the victim is a woman. While it is true that sexual harassment victims are more likely to be women, men can also be sexually harassed. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone of any gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, or profession. Likewise, sexual harassment perpetrators may be men or women of any demographic.

Unfortunately, the stereotype of a male authority figure harassing a female subordinate has limited our view of sexual harassment in the
Continue Reading Understanding the Complexities of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment

Being sexually harassed is an incredibly demeaning, embarrassing experience to go through. Whether an individual was the victim of quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment, the situation likely caused them many sleepless nights. Although it is every worker’s right to be free from discrimination and harassment at work, filing a sexual harassment complaint takes a great deal of courage. Unfortunately, some workers report harassment only to find themselves facing punishment or retaliation from an employer.
If you reported sexual harassment and your employer and/or the person you reported is retaliating against you, you should know that this
Continue Reading I Reported Sexual Harassment and Now My Employer is Punishing Me: Understanding Retaliation

Digital currencies have become an increasingly important component of investors’ portfolios. It is estimated that just under four percent of people own cryptocurrency, meaning there are more than 300 million people invested in digital currency across the globe. Cryptocurrency, NFTs, and other non-traditional assets are much harder to value and divide during divorce than other types of assets. Not only is cryptocurrency subject to volatile fluctuations in value over short periods of time, but these assets are also easy to hide from a partner during divorce.
Crypto May Be Used to Hide Assets
Digital currencies are not held in
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Parents are not perfect. Many parents have made mistakes in their past that they regret, but this does not necessarily make them any less qualified to care for their children. On the other hand, some parents have shown a pattern of criminal behavior that does make it more likely for child abuse or neglect to take place.
Many divorcing and unmarried parents have questions about how a parent’s criminal history can impact child parenting matters. Does having a criminal history automatically prevent a parent from getting parenting time? What if a parent has concerns about their child’s safety with the other
Continue Reading How Does a Parent’s Criminal Record Impact Parental Responsibilities?

Employees have certain rights, including the right to be free from harassment and discrimination at work. Despite continued efforts to eradicate harassment and discriminatory practices from American workplaces, sexual harassment continues to be a problem. Every worker should be aware of his or her rights and know the signs of sexual harassment. The greater number of people who stand up against unlawful harassment, the closer we get to eliminating this problem.
What Counts as Sexual Harassment?
Many people ask whether certain behaviors constitute sexual harassment. To be clear, employees should speak up about any behavior that makes them feel uncomfortable.
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Spousal support refers to payments that one spouse makes to the other after a divorce. In Illinois, alimony or spousal support is called “spousal maintenance.” Not all divorce cases involve an order for maintenance. However, maintenance may be available in certain situations. 
Whether you are interested in seeking maintenance payments from your spouse or you suspect that your spouse will petition the court for maintenance, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities under Illinois law.
Premarital Agreement or Postnuptial Agreement
A prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement is a document that describes each spouses’ financial rights
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Getting divorced means addressing multiple complex issues, including the division of marital assets and debts. For some couples, asset division is a straightforward process. However, the greater a couple’s complex and high-value assets, the more complicated asset division during divorce becomes.
If you or your spouse own stock options or restricted stock and you plan to divorce, it is important to understand how these unique assets are typically dealt with. Educating yourself is a great first step in protecting your financial interests during divorce and avoiding costly mistakes. Additionally, make sure to work with a skilled divorce lawyer experienced
Continue Reading How Are Employment-Based Stock Options Valued and Divided in an Illinois Divorce?

Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other legislation. Unfortunately, the issue of workplace sexual harassment is present in workplaces throughout the U.S. In recent years, however, more and more victims of sexual harassment and assault have come forward with their stories and started standing up for their rights.

Recently, Congress passed an amendment to the Federal Arbitration Act that ended mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims. President Biden is expected to sign the act into law soon.
New Law Invalidates Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements Between Employees and Employers
Prior to the
Continue Reading Congress Passes Legislation Terminating Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims

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
Continue Reading How is Net Income Calculated in a DuPage County, Illinois Child Support Case?