In Illinois, divorced and never-married parents may have an obligation to contribute to post-high school expenses for their children once they emancipate, or “age out” of being a minor child under the law. This typically happens when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever happens last. At that point, many children will go on to attend college, trade schools, and various other types of career training. Section 513(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is the relevant statute on this issue, and it provides that the court may award sums of money out of the property and income of either or both parties or the estate of a deceased parent, as equity may require, for the educational expenses of any child of the parties. #schaumburgdivorcelawyer, #educationalexpensesdivorcedparents,
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
A tax amnesty program in Illinois began Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 15. During that time, people who owe back taxes to the state can pay off those debts and avoid having to pay interest and penalties. #taxamnesty
Monday, October 28, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
Prior to 2019, spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) payments were tax-deductible for the payor spouse and not included in gross income calculations. Conversely, the recipient spouse was obligated to include maintenance payments when calculating gross income, thereby making maintenance taxable income for the recipient. Under the new law, the tax burden of maintenance payments has shifted from the recipient spouse to the payor spouse. This will likely lead to lower alimony payments, as the obligor spouse will now pay taxes on maintenance money twice; once via taxes taken out by his or her employer, and again when gross income is calculated and taxed. Payor spouses are more likely to fight for lower payments because there is no longer a tax incentive for maintenance, which may lead to longer and uglier divorces. #Illinoisspousalmaintenancelaw, #alimony, #alimonynotdeductible,
Friday, October 18, 2019
A person will not be approved as an adoptive parent if he or she or an adult residing in the adoptive parent's home has a felony conviction for any of the following offenses or their equivalents: Child abuse, child neglect, or an intra-family offense. A crime against children, including child pornography. #adoption, #adoptive parent,
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Typically, Illinois DUI law prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. This is the legal limit, and drivers who have a higher BAC are presumptively considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol.
However, individuals who have a CDL face a lower legal limit in the state of Illinois. Instead of being deemed under the influence with a BAC at or above 0.08%, CDL holders who are driving their commercial vehicles are considered inebriated if their BAC is 0.04% or above.