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Consider the insurance needs of the parties in a divorce

With all of the issues that require resolution when an Illinois marriage ends, it could be easy to miss the need to deal with insurance issues. Car insurance and health insurance are just two types of insurance that require consideration in a divorce. Each party needs to consider the fact that they may go from combined policies to individual policies, which could cost more.

An auto insurance company will need to be notified that a vehicle on the policy is being moved to another location since rates may change. In anticipation of finalizing the divorce, each party could shop around for an affordable policy. If a teen driver is in the family, it might be necessary for both parents to list him or her on their individual policies.

Woman gets 30 months probation in DUI-related crash

The lives of several people took an unexpected turn on May 18, 2016 at around 2:10 a.m. That is when a multiple-vehicle accident occurred due to a wrong-way driver. The driver responsible for the crash recently received a sentence of 30 months' probation after pleading guilty to DUI in an Illinois court.

Reports indicated that the 29-year-old woman headed the wrong way on Interstate 74 here in Illinois. She was reportedly arguing with her boyfriend on the phone at the time of the crash. Her vehicle slammed into a car carrying five occupants. That vehicle was then struck by an 18-wheeler traveling behind it.

What happens to an inheritance in a divorce?

Either before or during  marriage, many Illinois residents receive inheritances from loved ones who passed away. They might not want to consider what would happen to that windfall during a divorce, but it is something to consider. There may be exceptions to the general rule that assets received as an inheritance are not subject to distribution during the divorce process.

However, there are instances where assets received as an inheritance could become marital property, and thus potentially subject to property division in a divorce. Regardless of when it was received, if the assets are commingled, they can become part of the marital estate. For example, if a cash bequest is deposited into a joint marital account, it may be considered commingled.

Incarceration is not always the best way to handle drug crimes

Addictions take a toll on families, friends and -- especially -- the individual who suffers from it. In the vast majority of cases, many of those addicted to drugs need help more than they need to be incarcerated for drug crimes. Getting the help they need could require the services of a compassionate Illinois criminal defense attorney.

The way that drugs affect the brain, individuals often have incredible difficulty overcoming an addiction. Even if they took drugs of their own accord the first time, eventually it became a compulsion they were unable to control. After a while, the drugs take over, and the ability to resist them often disappears because getting the next "fix" is all that matters.

Teenagers facing DUI charges could feel impact for years

Driving under the influence is a bad decision. Unfortunately, teenagers are notorious for poor decision-making, vulnerability to peer pressure and failure to consider consequences for their actions. Combine that with a zero tolerance law, and you have a very dangerous situation for your teenager.

Car crashes are one of the top causes of death for teenagers in the United States. In fact, while teen drivers represent only 10 percent of licensed drivers in Illinois, they are involved in 17 percent of fatal crashes where alcohol is a factor. The state has taken steps to deter young people from drinking and driving.

Should you prepare for divorce before getting married?

Broaching the subject of a prenuptial agreement may not be on the to-do list when planning a wedding. Few Illinois residents want to talk about the possibility of getting a divorce while picking out flowers and tasting cakes for the wedding, but perhaps they should. Before bringing up the prospect of a prenup, it might be useful to know its benefits.

The first benefit is that many of the issues that arise during a divorce will already be decided. In a time when emotions run high, the division of assets and debts can quickly become contentious. Eliminating this possibility ahead of time often makes the divorce process less costly and saves time.

Execution of search warrant results in charges for drug crimes

Before conducting a search of an Illinois resident's home for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other items associated with drugs, police typically must secure a search warrant. In order to do so, they are required to provide probable cause for the search. When the search warrant is issued and executed, those in the home could be arrested for drug crimes. An individual arrested and charged under these circumstances retains the right to review the documentation that supposedly established probable cause for the warrant.

This right could come in handy for a woman recently arrested after a search warrant was executed in her home. Police supposedly found an unreported amount of methamphetamine and drug distribution related items. Officers also allegedly found weapons and ammunition in the home.

Is child support part of your divorce? Here's what to expect

Nearly every parent in Illinois recognizes that a responsibility to financially support one's children, at least until the age of majority. However, when it comes to dealing with the issue of child support, the tension can rise between the parties. Even in an amicable divorce, this issue can be divisive.

In order to relieve at least some of the tension, it might be helpful to understand what Illinois law says about the calculation of child support. When you, or the court, take steps to come to an amount for child support, several factors come into play. State law guides the courts when considering the factors that contribute to an amount to be paid. 

Deadly DUI crashes require an aggressive criminal defense

Nearly every Illinois resident makes choices that could potentially change the course of life forever. When such a choice results in an allegedly DUI-related crash and criminal charges, the stakes may not ever be higher. This is the time when an aggressive criminal defense could minimize the impact that a tragic mistake could have on an individual's life.

For example, a 23-year-old man still in the beginning of his life reportedly made a dire mistake on May 1. At approximately 1 a.m., police say he was driving a car when it crashed. When police arrived, they found the vehicle lying on its side. One of its occupants, a 28-year-old man, was crushed underneath the front of the car. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The car doesn't have to be moving for a DUI or DWI

Most Illinois residents are aware that they can be charged with driving under the influence or driving while impaired after a traffic stop. However, what if the engine is off and the vehicle is not moving? Can the person sitting behind the wheel still be charged with DUI or DWI? The simple answer is yes.

For example, consider the case of a former Illinois alderman. A woman noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of her house and called police. Upon arrival, they found the 49-year-old man asleep behind the wheel of the vehicle. He had a sandwich in his hand and his shoes off. The keys were in the ignition. 

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