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It is important to update your Last Will and Testament upon finalization of your divorce. The entry of your divorce decree (Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage) does not automatically remove your former spouse from your Will. If your former spouse remains listed as a beneficiary in your Will at the time of your death, he or she will be entitled to those assets awarded to him or her pursuant to your Will, despite the fact that you divorced, unless you amend or revoke your Will prior to your death. Additionally, if your Will is inconsistent with your beneficiary designations for your life …

Your child's graduation from high school and turning 18 doesn't mean that support obligations are necessarily over. In Illinois, the Court can hear a petition regarding contribution towards a child's college expenses. A parent's college contribution will be based, in part, on his or her ability to pay. There are other multiple factors that the court may also consider and the child may also have to contribute towards his or her higher education. The issue of contribution towards college expenses can become very complicated, therefore, it is important to have legal representation when faced …

For those of you who pay child support or maintenance (alimony), make sure to take a look at your Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage or Custody Judgment now that tax time is here. In many instances, parties paying support are required to tender copies of their tax returns to their former spouse or significant other within so many days of filing them. Some people are required to pay additional support if their income exceeded the amount on which support was based. If you fail to comply with these terms, you may be subject to contempt proceedings, modification of your support payment …

So long as you have been properly notified by a sign or flashing signal, the speed limit in a school zone on school days is 20 miles per hour. Pay attention to the notification posted because the conditions under which the speed limit changes varies among cities, towns and villages. In some instances, the speed limit only drops to 20 mph if children are present during school hours. However, in some school zones, the speed limit is 20 mph on school days regardless of whether children are present, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In some areas, the school zone speed limit only …
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Of course no one is thinking about a divorce when they get married. However, since unfortunately about half of all marriages end in divorce, considering a prenuptial agreement is a great idea. Prenuptial agreement is an agreement between two spouses-to-be that establishes each party's property and financial rights in case of a divorce. It is extremely important that a prenuptial agreement (also called a premarital agreement) be drafted very carefully so that if there is a divorce and one of the spouses wants to challenge the agreement, there will be no room for any challenge. If you would …

Having a Last Will and Testament is very important. It will ensure that your wishes as to how you would like to have your estate divided are fulfilled. In order for a Will to be valid, it must be written, signed by the person making the Will and signed by two (2) witnesses who were present at the execution of the document and who also witnessed each other sign the Will. Anyone who is at least eighteen (18) years old (or is an emancipated minor) and who is of sound mind may make a Will. The witnesses have to be persons who do not receive anything under a Will. Although the process may seem …

Defending against an Order of Protection is just as important as defending against a criminal charge. Unfortunately, Orders of Protection and criminal charges often go hand in hand. It is important to understand the difference between an order of protection and formal criminal charges. In many instances, the allegations contained in a Petition for Order of Protection constitute criminal conduct. Sometimes, criminal charges are filed prior to or contemporaneously with the Petition for Emergency Order of Protection. The most common example arises out of a domestic dispute between significant …
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