Divorce. The word itself marks a significant life change, one that often comes after a great deal of thought and with a broad range of emotions. When a couple separates, their single household becomes two, and important decisions must be made. One of the most confusing and often contentious deals with the division of assets. … Continue reading What Is Considered an Asset in Divorce?
Divorce is rarely easy for either party. However, there may be strategic advantages to filing for divorce first in some cases. From the element of surprise, to choosing the court location and regaining control over your life, being the first to file for divorce can sometimes be an effective strategy. So, we answer the critical … Continue reading Does it matter who files for divorce first?
What is the average jail time for drug possession? You might be contemplating this very question if you have recently been arrested for this charge. The answer depends on a multitude of factors. What Is the Average Sentence for Drug Possession in Illinois? Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (ICSA), possession of all drugs (besides … Continue reading What Is the Average Jail Time for Drug Possession?
A divorce can take an emotional toll, even in marriages where both parties agree to end it. This type of divorce is called an “uncontested divorce.” In uncontested divorces, you might wonder if it’s worth getting a divorce lawyer. You might also wonder if you should get a lawyer if you have been married for … Continue reading Is it Worth Getting a Divorce Lawyer?
If you believe a family court judge has ordered you to pay too much child support or hasn’t awarded you enough child support, you may be able to appeal the order. Like other court decisions, child support orders first come from a trial court, and then the losing party has the right to appeal to … Continue reading Can I Appeal a Child Support Order?
The basic answer to this question is “no, you are not responsible for your spouse’s debt after separation.” However, this answer requires further explanation. Typically, you would not be responsible for your spouse’s new debt incurred after legal separation. You and your spouse would each individually pay your own new debt you run up after … Continue reading Am I Responsible for My Spouse’s Debt after Separation?
While a child having both parents fully present in their lives is preferable, some situations may arise that make that impossible or unhealthy. If you’re seeking full custody of your child in Illinois, work with a child custody lawyer at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. Our firm has extensive experience assisting clients with child-related matters. If … Continue reading How to File for Full Custody in Illinois
What is a Non-Custodial Parent? Child custody terminology can be confusing. But understanding the basic principles of what it means to be a “custodial parent” and what “legal custody” means will help you understand each parent’s different rights and responsibilities. In a divorce or child custody case, the court determines what rights each parent has. … Continue reading What Are the Rights of a Custodial Parent vs. a Non-Custodial Parent?
Being charged with a DUI is a stressful event. This is especially true if you are based in Illinois, where DUI charges and the associated penalties are severe. It may leave you pondering an important question: Should you get an attorney for a DUI? Sometimes a DUI attorney is exactly what you need. Read on … Continue reading Should you get an attorney for a DUI?
The charge of criminal trespass is taken seriously in Illinois, with punishments that could include fines and even imprisonment. There are many types of criminal trespass which are usually charged as misdemeanors, but the class increases depending on where and how the trespass allegedly took place. Under certain circumstances, criminal trespass will be charged as … Continue reading Illinois Criminal Trespassing Laws and Punishments
Criminal legislation takes DUI arrests seriously, and the state will always prosecute them aggressively. That is because drivers under the influence often cause accidents leading to severe or, in the worst cases, fatal injuries. A first or, in most cases, second-time DUI arrest is a class-one misdemeanor. If the court finds you guilty, you face … Continue reading What is a Misdemeanor DUI in Illinois?