Archive, June 2015.

Social Security benefits are not subject to division on divorce in Illinois. Most retirement benefits such as traditional pensions paid monthly, 401K accounts and IRA accounts earned during the marriage by your spouse are treated as marital assets and are routinely divided in a divorce. Simply put: if your Husband or Wife earns a retirement benefit in his or her own name, you get a share upon divorce. Usually at least 50% of the marital portion of that retirement account can be divided to you.
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What should be in my written agreement with my live in boyfriend? If you were going to open a new business with a friend or jointly own real estate or you have joint credit cards, you would most certainly want a written agreement. Living together as an unmarried couple or "cohabitation" as it is called, creates any or all of those events. If you and your boyfriend are going to live together, it is important decide your financial future together. Create a written agreement or at the minimum an outline of your financial future. Spell out in detail how property will be …
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Parents come from all walks of life, but one thing nearly all parents have in common is the question, “How will I pay for my child’s college education?” This issue is a major concern for most families, but for divorced couples it can be extremely complicated, especially for those who divorce long before their children are of college age. That is why it can be key to include a provision regarding college tuition in child custody agreements.
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Currently all states recognize “no fault” divorce as this type of process permits divorce proceedings to move forward without the implications of the “blame game”, but only if both parties are in full agreement.
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Consider the following scenarios: Your garage door (which you knew was creaky) crushed your friend’s foot and ankle; your chimney fell onto your neighbor; or your daughter’s friend fell into your empty pool.
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In so many ways, divorce is like a death. Not only does divorce legally end a marriage, but it also ends the life the couple – and the rest of the family – has shared. Regardless of whether or not you are the one who wants out of the marriage, and despite how badly things have been between you and your spouse, there will still be a grieving process to go through, just as if someone had died.
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E. Mavis Hetherington, acclaimed James M. Page Professor of Psychology of the University of Virginia’s psychology department and the Center for Children, Families and Law, revered esteemed pioneer in the field of understanding how divorce affects a child’s psyche and future was once quoted as to correlating as to how “marriage has become a more optional, less permanent institution in contemporary America”, also believed that children and adolescents met challenging changes and stress often associated with their parent’s marital transitions.
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Every day, thousands of people in the United States, many of them children, are injured by dangerous or defective consumer products. Examples can be found on news reports or in headlines with alarming regularity. Vehicle airbags prone to explosion, medical devices that few people can properly pronounce, and defective office chairs have all been the subject of recent reports linking them to risks of serious injury or illness, and, in several cases, even fatalities.
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When you have been hurt in any type of accident, physical recovery from your injuries should be among your top concerns. The process must often begin immediately as delaying medical care and treatment can have long-term negative effects. In addition, your injuries may also make life extremely difficult, and prompt medical attention is entirely appropriate. However, you may be concerned about seeking medical care without a pre-established means of paying for such care, as action may still be pending regarding liability and compensation for your claim. For this reason, Illinois law permits …
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Cohabitation or Not? Some might say living with your boyfriend before being married is sort of like taking a car for a test drive. You might find out that you don't like the car or the boyfriend and return it.  On the other hand, it seems as though your boyfriend would have the best of all possible worlds: you exclusively and no commitment.
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Suffering an injury while on the job can be a scary prospect and one that many workers face on a daily basis—especially those who work in construction or with heavy duty machinery. An occupational injury is defined as a wound or damage to the body resulting from an event in the work environment. In 2013, just over three million nonfatal occupational or workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers. The chances of suffering an injury—either due to operator error, a defective tool, or a lack in appropriate safety measures—can be high.
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