Archive, October 2016.

In many marriages, one partner is the breadwinner, meaning that he or she earns the bulk of the household's money. It is not uncommon for the breadwinner to also have the majority of the control over the household's finances, often because this position allows him or her to make purchasing and investment decisions more accurately. But sometimes, a breadwinner can use his or her position to abuse a partner, creating a dynamic where the partner is completely dependent on him or her. This is known as financial abuse and it is a form of domestic violence.
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When a disabled worker becomes eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) coverage, he or she also becomes eligible to receive benefits to cover the cost of caring for his or her dependents. These dependents can include his or her spouse as well as his or her children, both minor and adult. The qualifications to receive SSDI coverage for an adult child are different from those to receive SSDI coverage for a minor child. If you are an SSDI recipient or a current or former spouse of an SSDI recipient with a dependent adult child, you may be able to receive benefits to cover…
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Depending on the position you hold, you might have a pension plan. A pension is a fund that a working individual contributes to during his career, which is then invested by the manager of the pension in an effort to have the fund earn money. The intent is to put the worker in a position to retire comfortably. When the worker retires, he or she receives a monthly payment from his or her pension. Many Americans rely on multiple retirement accounts, which can include IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and health savings accounts as well as pensions to save money for retirement. In a divorce, retirement …
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Domestic violence is a problem that continues to affect countless families throughout Illinois and across the country. At our law firm, we are proud to help those whose lives have been impacted by such abuse and stand united with those who are working to reduce and eliminate domestic violence from our communities. It is with this in mind that we remind our friends and neighbors that while October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we can all do our part every day to provide care and support for abuse victims.
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The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits for individuals who qualify to receive them. This coverage is known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Parents who receive SSDI can also receive coverage for their children to help cover the costs of raising a child while being too disabled to earn a sufficient income. Like all other forms of income, one's SSDI benefits can be affected by his or her divorce. This can, in turn, affect your child's SSDI coverage. If you are an SSDI recipient with a minor child who receives SSDI coverage and you are considering filing …
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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can provide a divorcing couple with an efficient, reduced-conflict path to a mutually-satisfying divorce settlement. However, it is not the right choice for every couple. Sometimes, divorcing through an ADR method like mediation or collaborative law can seem like the right choice, but then prove to be impossible for the couple to complete once they actually begin the process. When this happens, the couple must explore other options for completing their divorce. Sometimes, a couple can try ADR again with greater success. In other cases, litigation is the …
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Teenagers make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes result in misdemeanor charges, like a shoplifting or underage possession of alcohol charge. In some cases, an adolescent can face a felony charge. As a divorced parent with a shared parenting time and parental responsibilities agreement, you might wonder what your role is regarding your child's criminal record.
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Although same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States and Illinois law was recently amended to allow same-sex parents to become legal parents to any child born or conceived during their marriage, there are still certain issues that same-sex parents can face that do not affect heterosexual parents or, if they do affect heterosexual parents, do not affect them as widely or as profoundly. In the divorce process, same-sex couples are treated identically to heterosexual couples – or ideally, should be. Sometimes, a biased judge can make unfair rulings, requiring the couple to take …
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