Archive, May 2013.

[caption id="attachment_308" align="alignright" width="300"] Image from WGN TV[/caption]On Thursday, April 18, most people were worried about the rains causing delays or floods in their neighborhoods or going to work. However, in the early morning, three car owners in the 9600 block of Houston Avenue had to deal with another problem—their cars falling into a sinkhole that was the entire length of the street.When the sinkhole first opened up, one car parked on the street fell into it, along with a car being driven by a man coming home from work. Mirko Krivokuca ended up being taken to …
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Divorce can be messy, and unfortunately it can be difficult to find a divorce outcome that pleases everyone. This is especially true when there are children involved. Once the divorce is final and the orders have been issued, what’s next?During the divorce, it was decided which parent would be the one with primary custody, and which parent would be the noncustodial parent. The custodial parent is the one that the child will reside with for the majority of the time, and the noncustodial parent will be the one who has the right to visitation. The noncustodial parent is usually also the one …
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It is now the second round of the NHL playoffs.  While most people are enjoying the championship level hockey, a family is searching for closure after losing their son, Derek Boogaard.  Boogaard was on a couple of different professional teams as an enforcer or goon, someone who would protect their teammates at any cost.In May of 2011, Derek died of an accidental overdose in Minneapolis.  The cause was due to a deadly combination of pain pills and alcohol.  Painkillers that NHL teams prescribed to him so that he could deal with the trauma that he endured by fighting other players.  It is …
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Former “90210” star Vanessa Marcil is officially a single woman again because her divorce has been finalized from “CSI:NY” actor Carmine Giovinazzo (also know for being the nicest DUI arrestee of all time).Marcil filed for divorce from Giovinazzo last summer, stating in the filing, “irreconcilable differences.” The couple was married in 2010 and had no children together.As for the division of the couple’s assets, Marcil will receive the 2009 Chevy Silverado, their LA property and many of their bank accounts, along with all of the rights to her baby clothing company called Baby …
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In late April, a bill was proposed to the Illinois House of Representatives to change the state’s divorce laws. Before writing this proposal of new laws to replace the 35-year-old current laws, Family Law Study Committee chairman Andre Katz spent four years listening to judges, law experts, child advocates and others about the divorce process.In this proposal were changes such as issuing divorce judgments within 60 days or within 90 days only for special circumstances that may require more time. There will also no longer be establishing a cause for the divorce before allowing the process to…
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As technology is becoming a larger and larger part of our lives and divorce rates are climbing higher and higher, people can’t help but wonder, is there a connection between the two? A recent article published by the Huffington Post says yes.W. Brad Wilcox, editor of the most recent edition of “State of Our Unions,” an annual report regarding the state of marriage in America, has said that technology is one of the main factors in disturbing the quality and stability of marriages.According to Wilcox, divorce is rising in America due to both economic and cultural causes. He cited that …
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There are several options available to you in Illinois if you are considering a divorce, but are unsure. You should discuss your situation with an attorney, and consider a legal separation, or mediation and counseling.Legal SeparationIf two spouses are living separately and there is no fault in the marriage, one spouse can legally ask for reasonable support and maintenance during the time that they live apart. The respondent is the spouse that will have to provide support and maintenance, and the petitioner is the spouse that requests it. If the respondent is not found in the state, the …
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According to a recent article published by The Detroit News, the United States Transportation Department has just released a few new guidelines in regards to distracted driving.
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[caption id="attachment_329" align="alignright" width="230"] Some injuries are not immediately apparent after a car accident.[/caption]If you're injured due to the negligence of another person, whether it was due to a car accident or another type of accident, you may be eligible for compensation. However, getting the compensation that you're entitled to is not always easy.
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The current Illinois laws pertaining to divorce and child custody were put into place over 35 years ago. According to a recent report by CBS St. Louis, there is a bill being proposed in the house that can bring very big changes.
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There is no such thing as a divorce without stress. While some divorces are not as harrowing as others, it is definitely a huge change. When most people get married, they do so with the intention of remaining together until death. However, this is not always the case. Here are a few things that you can do to keep your stress levels in check.Exercise is a great way to get rid of pent up energy and aggression. Sometimes stress will manifest itself by the tightening of muscles and even physical fatigue. Getting extra exercise will help release that tension and you will be able to see the …
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Results of a Canadian study about the prescribing of benzodiazepines to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) sufferers were recently published in Drug Safety Monitor. COPD is a disease of the lungs that constricts airways, making it difficult to breath. Patients with COPD usually suffer from emphysema and chronic bronchitis.Benzodiazepines are typically prescribed to help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and shortness of breath, and include medications such as Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Serax. But these drugs also have known side effects which can be dangerous …
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There was an article in the Chicago Tribune about a tenant who suffered injuries while doing some repairs to his apartment. The tenant was fixing a broken window when he cut himself and had to go to the emergency room for treatment. The bill of that treatment was several hundred dollars. Is the landlord liable for the tenant’s injuries or not?It is quite common for landlords to let tenants take care of certain repairs themselves. Such an agreement must be entered into “in good faith” to prevent landlords from offloading repair responsibilities onto reluctant tenants. However, the law …
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It used to be assumed that no matter the situation, a child would be better off with his or her mother rather than father. And yet according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this idea is changing. In fact, psychologists are beginning to note the importance of a father in a child’s formative years. Dr. David Popenoe told the Administration for Children and Families that, “involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.” The same publication notes that one of the most direct influences on the behavior of children …
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Car accidents are more dangerous for women than for men, according to an article in the Huffington Post. A study shows that because vehicle safety equipment is usually made for men’s bodies and not for women, who generally have lighter and shorter bodies, women are at a greater risk of serious injury.The results of the study suggest that the risk of a serious injury in a car accident is 47 percent more likely for women than for men. “To address the sex-specific disparity demonstrated in this study, health policies and vehicle regulations must focus on effective safety designs specifically…
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If you've been injured on the job, you may be wondering if you need to call a lawyer. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you may or may not need a lawyer. Regardless of how minor you may feel your injury is, it is always a good idea to document it and let your supervisor know. In addition, waiting too long after an injury to document it, notify your supervisor, or have it taken care of could be damaging to a potential settlement. Represented here are tips to help you decide if you should hire a lawyer or file your worker's compensation claim on your own.If your personal …
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