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How Does Child Custody Work in an Illinois Same-Sex Divorce?

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

As of 2015, same-sex marriage has been legalized in every state around the country.  With the influx of same-sex marriages in recent years comes the inevitable addition of same-sex divorces and attendant issues.  The rules regarding custody for same-sex couples can be more complicated, as the circumstances typically involve alternate forms of parentage such… Read More »

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Is “Bird Nest” Co-Parenting Right for My Kids After a Divorce?

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

Child custody can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorce proceeding.  Decisions regarding child custody and child-rearing are often very emotionally-charged, and divorce can be a difficult transition for young children.  It pays to be open to a variety of potential arrangements that best suit your family situation.  Some Illinois parents… Read More »

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Illinois Supreme Court Outlaws “De Facto” Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders

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

The eighth amendment to the United States Constitution protects people against cruel and unusual punishment.  Courts’ views on the Eighth Amendment have evolved over the years, leading to prohibitions on things like the death penalty or mandatory life without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.  The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued a landmark… Read More »

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Illinois to Decriminalize Cannabis, Expunge Convictions

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

On June 25, 2019, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law a bill that will legalize marijuana in Illinois.  The bill will permit the licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults aged over 21 in the state.  The law makes Illinois the 11th state to decriminalize marijuana for adults, although the Illinois… Read More »

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Chicago Rollover Accident Injures Five

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

A crash in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago resulted in injuries to five people, including a young child. The injured child was in a car that rolled over in the collision. You can learn about the accident and about rollover crashes below. Contact an experienced Chicago auto crash attorney if you’ve been the… Read More »

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Why Experience Counts When You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Illinois

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

After a car accident or other personal injury caused by the negligence of another, the negligent party’s insurance company may be quick to offer up a cash payment to settle any claims you might have against them. The promise of a quick settlement may seem tempting after you’ve just been hurt and know you’ll… Read More »

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Changes to Illinois Spousal Maintenance in 2019

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

With the new year come new guidelines for how courts will determine an award of spousal maintenance.  The modified rules went into effect on January 1, 2019, and they affect any divorce from 2019 onwards.  The new rules do not apply retroactively to divorces already finalized, but they may apply if a maintenance order… Read More »

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4 Ways Co-Parenting Apps Make Life Easier

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

Raising a child in 2019 is never a simple task. Many children are involved in multiple extracurricular activities, such as music lessons, athletic teams, or supplemental tutoring, not to mention play dates and birthday parties. Keeping children’s schedules straight isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, but it can get even more complicated when… Read More »

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Basic Steps of Probate in Illinois (and How to Avoid It)

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

While it is painful to think of the grief your family will suffer upon your death, it may be comforting to think that you can at least provide a material gift for them through your will. Without careful planning, however, the gifts you leave for your heirs in your will may be delayed by… Read More »

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How Does the First Step Act Reform Criminal Justice?

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

Criminal justice has always needed reform and now has been acknowledged in the passing of the First Step Act. In a rare moment of agreement among congressional republicans, democrats, and President Trump, a criminal justice reform bill was just passed by the United States House of Representatives, following overwhelming approval in an 87-12 vote… Read More »

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