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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_408583690-min.jpg When married parents get divorced, they create a parenting plan that outlines key issues regarding their child's upbringing. The parenting plan explains when each parent will care for the child, how major decisions about the child's education and upbringing will be made, and much more. Of course, life is full of unexpected changes and many parents find themselves in a position where they need to modify their parenting plan.

If you need to modify your child parenting agreement and you live in DuPage County Illinois, it is important to understand laws regarding modifications. Depending on your circumstances, what you need to change, and when the parenting arrangement was put in place, you may need to meet certain standards to modify your parenting plan. Read on to learn more.

Modifying the Parenting Time Schedule

Parenting time, previously called visitation, is the time each parent spends supervising and caring for the child. Many parents decide on a parenting time schedule that gives both parents the opportunity to spend time with the child. For example, one parent has the child during the weekdays while the other parent has the child during the weekends.

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wheaton sexual harassment lawyerThe construction industry is vital to our modern lives. Without construction workers, many of the buildings, roads, and structures that we use on a daily basis would not be standing. Unfortunately, this important industry is also plagued by a serious and pervasive problem: sexual harassment.

Exploring the Problem of Sexual Harassment in the Construction Sector

Most would agree that construction work is much unlike the office jobs that dominate today’s typical workplace. Construction workers are often forced to work in close proximity to each other, climbing scaffolding or working on ladders in tight spaces. This can make some workers a little too comfortable when it comes to making inappropriate comments or touching other workers.

Furthermore, the construction industry is overwhelmingly male. Only about four percent of construction workers are women. Although sexual harassment can happen to anyone of any sex, sexual orientation, or gender expression, statistics show that sexual harassment is more common when there is a major disparity in gender within a workplace. One survey found that 66 percent of respondents claim to have experienced sexual harassment or gender bias while working in the construction industry.

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dupage county sexual harassment lawyer Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a hot button issue in recent years. After celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer were publicly scrutinized for accusations of workplace sexual harassment, more and more people started taking notice of the issue.

As an employee, it is crucial that you understand your rights under Illinois and federal law. Many workers unknowingly allow discriminatory and offensive behavior to go unchecked because they are not aware of the rights and the legal safeguards designed to protect them. This allows perpetrators to continue their unlawful behavior and avoid being held accountable for their misconduct. Unfortunately, discriminatory practices tend to proliferate if nothing is done to stop it, which is why it is so important for employees to speak up.   

Employees Have a Right to Be Free from Discrimination and Harassment

As an employee, you have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or national origin. Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, employers are required to provide a workplace free from any form of unlawful discrimination. This includes sexual harassment. 

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dupage county divorce lawyerProperty division, parenting plans, child support - with so many things to contend with during a divorce case, tax considerations often get put on the back burner. If you are planning to divorce, it is very important that you understand how the divorce will influence your tax obligations and prepare appropriately. Educating yourself about tax-related matters now can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and unexpected fees later on.

Tax Filing Status

Once the divorce is finalized, you and your spouse will file taxes separately. During the divorce process, however, you may still be allowed to file jointly. If your divorce was not finalized in the previous year, you can file jointly. Filing jointly may allow for a higher deduction and therefore, a larger refund. If your divorce decree was issued on or before December 31, you cannot file jointly for that year.

Tax Considerations for Retirement Accounts

There are tax penalties and fees associated with early withdrawal from retirement accounts. If your or your spouse has a retirement account and contributed funds to it during the marriage, part or all of the retirement funds are likely marital property. To avoid penalties and tax implications when dividing retirement accounts make sure you use the appropriate legal process and orders for dividing shared retirement funds. Typically, this involves a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).

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dupage county divorce lawyerWhen a marriage nears its end, the situation can become contentious rather quickly. Both spouses may deal with feelings of resentment, guilt, anger, and fear. Another common element in many divorces is the financial strain that comes with it. If one spouse cannot afford to move out, then the spouses may be stuck living together until a solution can be reached.

Many spouses question whether they can even get a divorce if they are still living together. They wonder if there is a mandatory separation period in Illinois before divorce is permitted and how long it must last. 

If you find yourself in this situation, read on to learn about the divorce requirements in Illinois and what to do if you want to file for divorce but cannot move out immediately.

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