Do Unwed Fathers Have Paternal Rights in Illinois?

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In Illinois, unwed fathers seeking paternal rights must first establish legal paternity. A child support attorney Chicago who knows state laws can address concerns about paternity, visitation, custody, and child support. Paternal Rights in Illinois Unwed fathers who want paternal rights in … [read more]

Income Shares Legislation’s Impact on Parents

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New legislation related to child support will completely change the manner in which child support is calculated in Illinois. (Article continues below Infographic) New Law Public Act 99-764 was signed into law by Governor Rauner in August 2016. The law is set to go into on July 1, 2017. The new … [read more]

Chicago’s New “Income Shares” Approach To Child Support For 2017

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The income shares method of calculating child support is the most commonly used method in the United States. More than 38 states use this method, and Illinois will use it to replace the old percentage of obligor model on July 1, 2017. This new method calculates child support based on the gross … [read more]

Dividing Debts and Assets in a Divorce

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Divorce can create difficulties for couples dealing with real estate, debts and assets, and spousal maintenance issues. When children are involved, child custody lawyers are often required to handle disagreements with child custody and visitation rights. Marital Property Laws in Illinois According … [read more]

When Parents of an Autistic Child Divorce

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For families who have children with autism, divorce can be especially difficult. In addition to the standard challenges that typically arise during a divorce, residential custody, parenting time and even child support often require special considerations. While the courts make these decisions based … [read more]

Disclosing the Realities of Real Estate

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Sellers of real property in Illinois are required to make disclosures to buyers regarding the safety and condition of the property. These disclosures give buyers the information they need to determine whether a property is a good or bad investment. Sellers who fail to disclose known defects and … [read more]

Tips for Buying a Bank-Owned Home

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Foreclosures and bank-owned properties often present good investment opportunities for buyers, but they also present certain risks. Before investing in a bank-owned home in Illinois, a Chicago real estate lawyer should explain the risks, advantages, and disadvantages of purchasing these types of … [read more]

Hiring Contractors to Fix Up a Fixer Upper

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Buying real estate often means hiring contractors to fix defects or remodel a home to meet a client's specifications. When hiring a contractor, there are some necessary steps to take that can minimize risk and protect the homeowner from deficient work. Researching the Contractor Start by running … [read more]

New Illinois Law Authorizes Lien Bonds to Remove Mechanics Liens

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As of January 1, 2016, the state of Illinois will join the ranks of numerous states in the nation that permit the substitution of an eligible surety bond in place of real estate property as security for money owed to contractors who claim mechanics liens. On July 29, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce … [read more]

Corners Not to Cut When Keeping Divorce Costs Low

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When divorcing, keeping tabs on finances can become an all-consuming goal. For many, finding an affordable divorce lawyer is the first step in that process. Money-minded individuals in the process of getting divorced should take care to choose a divorce attorney who: Provides a detailed … [read more]