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How to Navigate Joint Custody Schedules

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

Whether you are going through a divorce or a separation, it’s important that the children in your life have the stability they need to move forward as well. Having a child custody agreement in place complete with a joint custody schedule can help your children obtain a sense of stability again. There is a… Read More »

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What is Parenting Time?

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

Different states use different terminology when it comes to defining parental rights under the law. Even within states, the terminology has changed over the last handful of years. For parents approaching divorce or other custody matters, the varied terminology can be confusing and add unnecessary additional stress to an already difficult situation. Below, we… Read More »

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Difference Between Assault and Battery

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

Many people use the terms “assault” and “battery” interchangeably. Under the law, assault and battery are actually distinct terms. In many states including Illinois, assault and battery are wholly separate crimes. Read on to learn about the difference between assault and battery in Illinois, and call a seasoned Chicago criminal defense attorney as soon… Read More »

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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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