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Common-Law Marriage in IL

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

“Common law marriage” is a term many people have heard, but few actually know what it entails. Clients often wonder how common-law marriages occur, whether common law marriage is something that can come about unintentionally, and if it has the same legal effect as a traditional marriage. Continue reading to learn about common law… Read More »

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How to Fight Criminal Damage to Property Charges

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Criminal Damage to Property is considered a very serious crime in Illinois. The punishment for Criminal Damage to Property varies depending on the specifics of the crime charged and facts proven. Penalties range from a misdemeanor and jail time to a serious felony conviction with a long-term prison sentence. If you have been arrested… Read More »

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When Do Child Support Payments End? What Are Exceptions?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Parents have a legal obligation to support their children. When couples divorce, or when an unmarried parent petitions the court, the court will decide upon both child custody and child support obligations. Illinois courts follow certain general rules in setting the limits of child support, but there are exceptions. Read on to learn about… Read More »

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What Are the Statutes of Limitation for Theft in IL?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Nearly every legal claim, whether civil or criminal, has a time limit. If a plaintiff or prosecutor waits too long to charge a defendant or file a civil claim, they lose the right to do so. The time limit for bringing a legal claim is known as a “statute of limitations.” Statutes of limitations… Read More »

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What is Pro Se Divorce?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

People hear a lot of legal phrases thrown around in connection with divorce–collaborative divorce, mediation, no-fault, etc.—but they are not sure what these terms actually mean, or what they involve. People may have heard the phrase “pro se,” or may otherwise be interested in the concept of self-representation. Below, we discuss what it truly… Read More »

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Best Tips and Strategies for Fighting Burglary in IL

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Residential burglary is a Class 1 felony under Illinois law. The punishment for a Class 1 felony is four to 15 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. If you are facing residential burglary charges, it is vital to get a zealous and experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer in your corner as… Read More »

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What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Illinois?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Illinois, like most states, allows for some form of “no-fault” divorce (typically called “irreconcilable differences”). Different states are more distinct in terms of whether other “fault” grounds for divorce are still on the books, as well as how no-fault divorce is precisely defined. In 2016, Illinois enacted a new law, firmly taking a position… Read More »

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What Are the Child Custody Laws in Illinois?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Determining child custody is often the most heated part of a divorce proceeding. Illinois family law establishes both the types of custody and custody arrangements available to parents, as well as providing a guideline for how family courts should decide upon custody in a divorce or other custody dispute. Read on to learn about… Read More »

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Special Considerations for Gray Divorces in Illinois

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Divorces between older couples, often nicknamed “gray divorces,” are becoming more and more common across the country. The number of married individuals over the age of 50 divorcing has more than doubled since 1990. There is no maximum age for a couple to realize that they would be happier apart. For couples that do… Read More »

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How Does the Coronavirus Affect My Divorce?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to affect nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Restaurants, movie theaters, office buildings, and government agencies have been closed in order to limit the spread of the virus. These closures, as well as the spread of the illness itself, have had a profound impact on the finances and… Read More »

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