Monday, August 19, 2019

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The new law, which was added to Section 503(n) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act states:
“If the court finds that a companion animal of the parties is a marital asset, it shall allocate the sole or joint ownership of and responsibility for a companion animal of the parties.  In issuing an order under this subsection, the court shall take into consideration the well-being of the companion animal.  As used in this section, “companion animal” does not include a service animal as defined in Section 2.01c of the Humane Care for Animals Act.”
Under this new law, pet owners can expect the court to consider joint or sole ownership of their pet based on the best interests of the pet.  It is also possible to work out joint ownership arrangements for the pet that include visitation.

Friday, August 2, 2019

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While recreational marijuana may be legal under state law, it’s still illegal under federal law (which governs air travel), so unfortunately, you’ll need to leave your marijuana at home. However, if you have a medication that contains a small amount of THC, you can legally fly with it under a recent TSA rule change. The new rule states: “Marijuana and certain cannabis infused products, including some Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by FDA. (See the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334.) TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law to local, state or federal authorities.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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A retirement plan, to the extent it is earned during the marriage, is marital property. There are two ways to consider the value of the plan. One party can be awarded an interest in the plan and the other can be awarded property with a value that offsets the value of the pension plan. Otherwise, the parties can divide the interest in a pension plan through a document that is called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO).

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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Under Illinois state law, the court may grant a custodial parent’s request for relocation only when it is deemed to be in the best interests of the child. Such orders may be issued even if the noncustodial parent objects. In these cases, it falls to the custodial parents to prove that the move is in the child’s best interests.
There are a number of factors that the court will consider in determining whether to approve a request for relocation. Under state law, these factors include the following:
  • Whether moving will enhance the child and custodial parent’s quality of life
  • The reason why the custodial parent wishes to move
  • The motive for the noncustodial parent’s objection to the relocation
  • Whether a realistic and reasonable visitation schedule can be reached and implemented
  • The time and cost that will be involved with visitation as a result of the move
Furthermore, the court may also take into consideration the distance of the move.

Monday, July 15, 2019

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With texting, email, and Facebook Messenger rising in popularity as methods of communication in relationships, so is their use as divorce evidence. As divorce attorneys, we used to look for evidence in files, notebooks, ledgers, memos and photo albums. Now we have to also look at emails, text messages, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and even Pinterest for what divorce evidence that is called Electronically Stored Information (ESI).

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Alimony payments will fall under new tax rules starting in 2019. ... Under the new regulations, the individual who pays alimony to an ex-spouse will no longer be able to deduct those payments. And the recipient of the money will no longer pay taxes on that income

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Using a hand-held cellphone to figure out directions while driving is illegal and Illinois will stop giving a free pass to first-time offenders as of July 1. Instead you'll get a moving violation ticket if caught.