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Is Residential Custody the Same as Sole Custody?

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

Illinois recently made significant changes to its child custody laws. In particular, Illinois changed the nomenclature around how the law and courts describe and divide child custody rights. Continue reading for a discussion of how child custody currently operates in Illinois. Call a compassionate Chicago child custody and divorce attorney for help with an… Read More »

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Divorce Evidentiary Hearing: What Can I Expect?

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

Any type of legal proceeding can feel overwhelming. Most people will avoid court for the majority of their lives, if not entirely. When a court case involves something as deeply personal as a divorce, it can feel even more challenging. The best way to avoid the anxiety of legal procedures is to eliminate the… Read More »

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What is the Self-Defense Law in IL?

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

Most people understand that they are entitled to use self-defense to protect themselves and their loved ones if they are attacked. If you hurt someone while defending yourself, you are safe from prosecution for assault and other charges. But what actually counts as self-defense from a legal perspective? When are you protected from prosecution,… Read More »

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What Are the Criteria for a Fit and Unfit Parent in Illinois?

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

Courts give parents wide latitude in deciding how to raise their children. There are circumstances, however, under which the courts may strip a parent of their parental rights. These criteria may be used to give one parent sole custody in a custody dispute or to remove a child from the care of both parents… Read More »

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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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