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Thomas P Miller Lawyer

Thomas P Miller

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Divorce & Family Law, Immigration, Divorce, Family Law
Experienced Chicagoland area family law mediator and litigator, and immigration practitioner.

I am an experienced Chicagoland area family law mediator and litigator and immigration law practitioner. I pride myself on my professionalism and avai... (more)

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Hal M. Garfinkel

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Criminal, Felony, DUI-DWI, Domestic Violence & Neglect, White Collar Crime

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Vincent A. Luisi Lawyer

Vincent A. Luisi

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Felony, Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence & Neglect
Attorney Vincent A. Luisi, Jr. | Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Vincent A. Luisi, Jr. was born and raised in the Chicagoland Area. He attended Niles West High School located in the Northern Suburbs. He gra... (more)

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Tina  Abramovitch Lawyer

Tina Abramovitch

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Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Adoption
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Tina Abramovitch is a founding partner of Badesch∙Abramovitch, LLC. Tina received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University in Montreal... (more)

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Melissa Sue Fish

Divorce & Family Law, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Custody, Paternity, Adoption

Attorney Melissa S. Fish was hired by the Divorce and Family Law Offices of Wakenight & Associates, P.C. in Oak Park in 2011. Melissa provides her cli... (more)

Vincent C. Machroli Lawyer

Vincent C. Machroli

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Divorce & Family Law, Paternity, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal

OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY LAW, ESTATE PLANNING, REAL ESTATE, AND BANKRUPTCY LAW At the Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C., we are ... (more)

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Manish C Bhatia

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Estate, Family Law, Elder Law, Business Organization

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Maxine Weiss Kunz

Divorce & Family Law, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Alimony & Spousal Support, Paternity
Divorce Lawyer Evanston | Skokie Family Law Attorney | Illinois

Maxine Weiss Kunz is an attorney practicing 100% family law since 2005, including traditional litigation, adoptions, and collaborative law. She is cer... (more)

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Mia Mcpherson

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Traffic, Family Law

Mia S. McPherson holds 20 years of experience as a Public Defender, Local Prosecutor, private criminal defense attorney, and fierce family law advocat... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

COMMUNITY PROPERTY

A method for defining the ownership of property acquired during marriage, in which all earnings during marriage and all property acquired with those earnings ar... (more...)
A method for defining the ownership of property acquired during marriage, in which all earnings during marriage and all property acquired with those earnings are considered community property and all debts incurred during marriage are community property debts. Community property laws exist in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Compare equitable distribution and separate property.

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE

Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds, court and whether requesting a fault divorce or ... (more...)
Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds, court and whether requesting a fault divorce or a no-fault divorce.

FAMILY COURT

A separate court, or more likely a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), ch... (more...)
A separate court, or more likely a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving divorce (dissolution of marriage), child custody and support, guardianship, adoption, and other cases having to do with family-related issues, including the issuance of restraining orders in domestic violence cases.

STEPPARENT ADOPTION

The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relativ... (more...)
The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relatively easy if the child's noncustodial parent gives consent, is dead or missing, or has abandoned the child.

ADULTERY

Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. In many states, adultery is technically a crime, though people are ra... (more...)
Consensual sexual relations by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse. In many states, adultery is technically a crime, though people are rarely prosecuted for it. In states that have retained fault grounds for divorce, adultery is always sufficient grounds for a divorce. In addition, some states alter the distribution of property between divorcing spouses in cases of adultery, giving less to the 'cheating' spouse.

POT TRUST

A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One impor... (more...)
A trust for children in which the trustee decides how to spend money on each child, taking money out of the trust to meet each child's specific needs. One important advantage of a pot trust over separate trusts is that it allows the trustee to provide for one child's unforeseen need, such as a medical emergency. But a pot trust can also make the trustee's life difficult by requiring choices about disbursing funds to the various children. A pot trust ends when the youngest child reaches a certain age, usually 18 or 21.

ADOPTED CHILD

Any person, whether an adult or a minor, who is legally adopted as the child of another in a court proceeding. See adoption.

ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE

Something on a piece of property that attracts children but also endangers their safety. For example, unfenced swimming pools, open pits, farm equipment and aba... (more...)
Something on a piece of property that attracts children but also endangers their safety. For example, unfenced swimming pools, open pits, farm equipment and abandoned refrigerators have all qualified as attractive nuisances.

WRONGFUL DEATH RECOVERIES

After a wrongful death lawsuit, the portion of a judgment intended to compensate a plaintiff for having to live without a deceased person. The compensation is i... (more...)
After a wrongful death lawsuit, the portion of a judgment intended to compensate a plaintiff for having to live without a deceased person. The compensation is intended to cover the earnings and the emotional comfort and support the deceased person would have provided.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

ILLINOIS DEPT. OF HEALTHCARE v. Warner

... rights were terminated, (2) the children had been in the custody and guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS ... The parent still has a residual, common law duty to support the child, and this residual duty stands as an exception to section 17 of ...

Blum v. Koster

... terminated for some reason, a separate award for child support would be agreed upon by the parties or determined by the court. [3] E. Mirabelli, Family Law Case Update, Law Update, ISBA Annual Meeting (June 27, 2008).

AMERICAN FAMILY MUT. v. NORTHERN HERITAGE

... Pursuant to section 2-615 (735 ILCS 5/2-615 (West 2008)), the motion argued that the third amended complaint was insufficient at law for the following reasons: 1) American Family failed to plead how and when it became the subrogee of McGrath's rights of action in violation of ...