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Wheaton divorce attorneyWhen you and your spouse make the decision to get a divorce, your assets must be valued in order to determine a fair split of the property you accumulated during the marriage. One of the most complex valuations you will experience is the appraisal of any business you own together. Business valuations can quickly grow contentious and accusatory, and having the right attorney on your side may make the difference between an equitable settlement and a long drawn-out battle.

Potential Points of Contention

Unless there is a prenuptial agreement governing the distribution of the business shares, a business that is determined to be a marital asset is subject to division during a divorce. When a couple has worked in the same business, it can be quite difficult to tell what effect each person has had on the company as opposed to their collective effort. One of the most common problems encountered in business valuations is the perception of each spouse and how it may radically differ. For example, one spouse may look at the business and see the worst-case scenario, while the other may see only growth. It tends to depend on who is leaving and who is staying.

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Illinois expungement lawyersIf you have ever been arrested and charged with a crime, the arrest becomes part of your criminal record, even if the charges are eventually dropped. Prospective employers and other individuals or entities who conduct criminal background checks are able to see the record of such arrests, often leading to embarrassing questions and the denial of certain opportunities. Of course, if you were convicted on criminal charges, you are likely to find even more doors that are closed to you as a result of your history.

In recent months, however, Illinois lawmakers have taken steps toward helping those who may have blemishes in their background rebuild their lives and gain renewed access to occupational and educational opportunities. On August 24, 2107, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2373 that dramatically increased the number of offenses eligible for record sealing, giving thousands more Illinoisans the possibility of a fresh start.

Expungement and Record Sealing

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Wheaton child support lawyersSometimes, life changes simply happen. A good job may evaporate, a relationship may end, or another factor may serve to significantly change your financial reality. When this happens, it may affect your child support payments. Failing to comply with your obligations will lead you into considerable trouble, but there are ways to modify your payment.

How Child Support Is Calculated

As of July 1, 2017, child support payments in Illinois are calculated using a formula based on both parents’ income and the number of children being supported. It sounds self-evident that your support payments should change when your income does, but for a variety of reasons, many parents do not petition for a change in payments immediately. Some believe that their circumstances are temporary so modification is unnecessary. Others are too ashamed to admit their loss of income. Some simply believe that they can handle what they think is a “personal matter” on their own.

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Illinois sexual harassment lawyerWe would like to believe that we live in an age where mistreating another person due to gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other personal characteristic is a thing of the past. Of course, we realize that there will always be certain individuals who behave poorly, but overall, our allegedly “enlightened” society should not have to deal with such problems on a widespread basis. Unfortunately, however, reality does not always match our expectations. A recent study has found that an overwhelming majority of American women will experience some form of sexual harassment before they reach the age of 25.

A Study on Relationships and Sex

A team of researchers from Harvard University conducted in-depth surveys of more than 3,000 high school students and young adults between ages 18 and 25. The study examined how young people approach romantic and sexual relationships based on their personal values and past experiences. While the research covered a variety of topics such as the perception of the so-called “hook-up” culture and concerns about building meaningful romantic relationships, the results revealed some rather disturbing details.

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DuPage County family law attorneyIf you are a parent who has recently separated or divorced your spouse, you may be unsure of how to navigate the new school year now that you are not with your child’s other parent. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make the school year go more smoothly and help your child be as successful as possible.

Have a Team Mentality

Recently, a picture has been making the rounds on social media. It appears unremarkable at first, as it shows two women, one on either side of a small girl holding her hands while walking through a school. What makes the picture special is that one of the women is the girl’s biological mother and the other is the father’s new girlfriend. The two women admit that it took about a year for them to reach this level of cooperation. It is not always easy to work together with an ex or an ex’s new partner, but doing so will only benefit your child. If possible, both parents should drop their child off at school on the first day. They should also attend meetings and parent-teacher conferences together. This not only ensures that all adults are on the same page when it comes to the child’s academic life, but is also a fantastic example to the child of how to overcome differences.

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From our law office in Wheaton, IL the family law and civil litigation law attorneys of Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick and Mirabella, represent businesses and individual clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Lombard, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Lisle, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Winfield, Woodridge, Warrenville and throughout DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties.

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