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St. Louis Man Charged in Deadly Car Crash

​Pregnant 15-year-old Teen KilledIn St. Louis, Missouri 21-year-old Brian Green pleaded guilty to his actions that occurred from a car crash that happened March 6, 2014.  Now, Green will serve three years in prison as he was charged with criminal action and second-degree involuntary manslaughter.  Green admitted he knew that his driving posed a substantial risk and that his actions could have killed someone thus leading to his charges.Sadly, the fatal car crash happened when Green sped his Acura up to 60 mph, went through a stop sign, and struck another vehicle and a tree.  Tragically, when the car struck...

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Divorce and Abuse of Parental Time

What Happens When a Parent Abuses Time with Their Children? Divorce is hard on a family, especially when children are involved.  Furthermore, when one parent abuses the allocated time with his or her children after divorce or separation, repercussions can occur.   If a parent of a child does abuse parenting time, the court may provide an expedited procedure and enforce the time appropriately.  In Illinois, both criminal and family court offers rights for allocation of parental time to divorced parents or those who had a child who were never married. Additionally, the laws for parental time applies to non-custodial parents who were...

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Handling Divorce with Minor Children

Right to First Refusal During any divorce proceeding that involves minor children, the court will always favor in the best interest of the child.  Such arrangements include awarding either one or both parent’s rights of first refusal to provide child care for the minor children.   Likewise, right to first refusal means that if either parent intends to leave the minor children in care of a substitute child-care provider for a lengthy amount of time during normal visitation times, the parent doing so much first offer the other party to opportunity to watch the child.  The only...

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Divorce and Parenting Plans

Navigating the divorce process Navigating through a divorce proceeding can be an emotionally draining and complex experience so it helps to be prepared.  Furthermore, in Illinois, there are different guidelines that must be followed during a divorce proceeding involving parenting plans to ensure it runs as smoothly and timely as possible. Likewise, all parents have 120 days to file a proposed parenting plan after service or filing of any petition for allocation of parental responsibilities, either jointly or separately, unless good cause. Therefore, it is a good idea to get professional help from a licensed Illinois divorce attorney who...

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Divorce and Education 

Education costs after divorceGoing through a divorce and all of its emotional and physical disruption is hard enough without having to worry about the future of your financials and how they will impact your children.  Therefore, it’s important to understand your rights in regards to who pays for your children’s education once your divorce is finalized.  Help from a licensed Illinois divorce attorney can greatly help you navigate through the ins and outs of allocating agreements for education. SupportEducational support of a non-minor child is awarded by the court out of the property and income of either or both parents, or...

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Divorce and Child Support 

​Understanding Child Support During a Divorce During a divorce in Illinois, allocating child support can be a complex process without the help of a licensed divorce attorney.  Therefore, early planning and help throughout the divorce proceeding can be highly beneficial.  In the state of Illinois, during a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or a declaration of invalidity of marriage, the following child support rules apply based on the number of children and the supporting party’s net income: ​​Payments:Child 1                         20%Child 2                         28%Child 3                         32%Child 4                         40%Child 5                         45%Child 6 or more        50% *Net income is the total...

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Estate Planning: What’s the Difference Between a Will and Trust?

Wills and TrustsThe terms will and trust seem to often be used interchangeably, however, most people are unsure what the difference is, and how they are used with estate planning. Likewise, although estate planning is something that should be done, the grim thought of looking into the future when you’re gone is not something most people want to do.  On the other hand, when wills and trusts are skillfully executed by a professional Illinois estate planning attorney, you can rest assured that your family members will be well taken care even after you’re gone.  What...

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Visitation by Non-Parents During Divorce 

Visitation Rights by Non-Parents During a divorce, custody and visiting arrangements can be complex and confusing, especially in such an emotionally charged time.  Likewise, many don’t realize that certain people who are non-parents can still have rights to visits with children as well.  Certain appropriate people who can be granted non-parental visitation include:GrandparentsGreat grandparentsSiblingsStep parents​ Means of Visitation: Non-parental visitation during or after divorce can include electronic communication facilitated by the phone, electronic mail, instant messaging, video conferencing or other technology such as the Internet.  Likewise, visitation means in-person time as well spent between the child and...

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Illinois Divorce and Maintenance Laws

Maintenance and Divorce During a divorce, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity of marriage occurs one of the spouses may be entitled to maintenance.   Likewise, when divorce proceedings occur and maintenance is awarded for either spouse, the amount and period of time it is paid out to the spouse is determined by the court without regard to marital misconduct.   If you are in the process of needing help with a maintenance issue, help from a skilled Illinois divorce attorney can greatly help you through the process. How is Maintenance Paid?Maintenance during a divorce may be allocated...

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Car Crashes Can Happen to Anyone

Kris Jenner Involved in Car Crash ​Unfortunately, car crashes can happen to anyone at anytime, and even the rich and famous are not immune to the situation.  Likewise, celebrity matriarch Kris Jenner was recently involved in a car crash in California when her vehicle collided with another.  The car crash happened in Calabasas Rd. when Jenner was driving west, and a vehicle heading west turned in front of her just before the 101 freeway.  Although Jenner attempted to stop her Rolls-Royce before the car accident, she was unable to do so and collided the front end of her vehicle with a Prius.  Although...

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