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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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Changes to Illinois Order of Protection Laws

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

An order of protection, also known as a restraining order, is a court order that protects the holder (the petitioner) from certain actions by the person named in the order. The order may prohibit the named subject from harming or harassing the petitioner and may restrict the subject from contacting the petitioner or visiting… Read More »

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Signs Your Spouse is Hiding Assets in a Divorce

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

Alimony, child support, and property division in a divorce are all dependent on the assets that were held by both parties before and during a marriage. Some parties to a divorce might try to shield some of their assets from being included in the marital estate or hide assets in order to reduce their… Read More »

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Can I Face Federal Charges for Carrying Marijuana Across State Lines?

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

As we previously discussed, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Illinois. Using, growing, and selling cannabis is now legal in the state, with certain restrictions. Residents may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower without facing any criminal repercussions under Illinois. Illinois is one of 11 states to fully legalize… Read More »

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Chicago Family Law Cases on Hold Due to Coronavirus

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

The coronavirus pandemic continues to increase around the world, and various states, cities, and the federal government have taken steps to combat the spread. Schools, businesses, and government offices across the country are being temporarily shut down. If you are wondering if your Chicago or Cook County paternity, divorce, or other family law matter… Read More »

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2020 Changes to Illinois Criminal History Expungement

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

A criminal conviction can follow you for years after you have paid your fines or served your time. Potential employers and landlords can look up your criminal history, affecting where you can live or work, and certain convictions can affect your professional licensing or immigration status. Thankfully, depending on the type of conviction, you… Read More »

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Violating an Order of Protection in Illinois

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

An order of protection is a court order that restricts a target’s right to engage in certain behavior or be in certain locations. Typically, the order will prevent a target from contacting or being within a certain proximity to another person or that person’s home, work, or family members. Violating an order of protection… Read More »

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Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Law Requiring Drivers to Take Sobriety Tests

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

Criminal defendants and suspects have rights protected by the federal and state constitutions.  For example, the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution protect citizens against unreasonable search and seizure of themselves and their property.  Courts in different jurisdictions across the country have had different views as to how those protections apply… Read More »

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What Can Your Illinois Prenup Include?

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

Prenuptial agreements (“prenups”) are no longer reserved for the rich and famous (to the extent they ever were).  They are becoming more and more common among marrying couples across all demographics, and for good reason.  They are an effective legal tool for protecting assets and managing expectations should unfortunate circumstances come to pass, and… Read More »

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