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McHenry County Divorce AttorneyWhen parents get divorced in Illinois, they must decide how to share parenting duties after the split. Divorcing spouses without children can walk away from a divorce and never speak to each other again if they choose to. However, divorced parents are typically still involved in each other’s lives – even if they would rather not be. A strong co-parenting relationship can dramatically reduce the stress of divorce on children, however, productive co-parenting is difficult when parents do not see eye to eye on parenting issues. Fortunately, there are many different co-parenting strategies to choose from.  

Parallel Parenting May Be the Best Way to Reduce Conflict

Parental arguments can have a profound psychological impact on children. Studies show that parental conflict can lead to poor performance in school, behavior problems, and even physical ailments like stomachaches. However, some parents simply cannot communicate without the discussion turning into an argument. In this case, the parents may want to try parallel parenting. In a parallel parenting scenario, the parents rarely communicate with each other and do not approach parenting collaboratively. Some divorced couples find that parallel parenting helps reduce conflict and stress on them and their children.

Birdnesting May Provide Children the Stability They Need

Raising children in two different households can be confusing and frustrating. Keeping track of homework, science fair projects, sports equipment, toys, and other child-related items can drive parents crazy. Furthermore, many children struggle to adapt to a two-home living arrangement – especially if they have learning difficulties or disabilities such as autism.

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Crystal Lake, IL Personal Injury AttorneyConcussions are unique in that they can range dramatically in terms of severity. Some people suffer a concussion and do not even realize it. Other concussion sufferers are left with debilitating symptoms that influence nearly every aspect of their lives. If you or a loved one suffered a concussion in a work accident, car crash, slip and fall, or another incident, it is important to explore your legal options with a skilled injury attorney. You could be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and more.

Concussion Symptoms are Often Insidious

Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury. They often result from an accident in which the head is forcefully struck or moved back and forth. Many people who suffer a concussion experience confusion or even loss of consciousness immediately after the accident. They may experience symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and light and noise sensitivity for days or weeks afterward. Concussions can even cause psychological problems like depression and anxiety, difficulty remembering, sleep disturbances, and personality changes. However, some of these symptoms appear hours or days after the initial injury. This is one reason why anyone who suffers a head injury in a car accident or other traumatic incident should seek medical attention right away.

Seeking Compensation After a Concussion

Needless to say, concussion symptoms can significantly impact a person’s life. If you suffered a concussion, you may be unable to concentrate on your work, drive a car, or care for your children. You may be unable to complete responsibilities and household chores. To add to your stress, you may also be facing steep medical bills for MRIs, CT scans, and other diagnostic tests, doctor’s visits, and medication.

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Crystal Lake, IL Personal Injury AttorneyEveryone knows that you stop and exchange contact information after a car accident. Not only is it the law, but it is also the ethical thing to do. Unfortunately, some people attempt to evade responsibility for an accident by speeding off from the scene – even if the crash caused injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a hit-and-run in Illinois, a personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your damages. You may be entitled to compensation even if the other driver is never located and brought to justice.

Legal Options for Hit and Run Accident Victims

If you were hurt in a hit-and-run accident, law enforcement may be able to locate the driver who caused the crash. Evidence like vehicle debris, traffic camera footage, and witness statements may lead police to the culprit. At this point, you may be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. However, many drivers who commit hit-and-run accidents are never located. Furthermore, some drivers are underinsured or drive without insurance in violation of Illinois law.

If the at-fault driver cannot be located or the driver has no insurance, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is intended for just this purpose. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you need from your insurance company may be an uphill battle. Many insurance companies are focused on the bottom line which means that they offer injured parties much less than they need to cover injury-related expenses.

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Crystal Lake Family Law AttorneyWhether you are a parent, stepparent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or childcare worker, being accused of intentionally hurting a child is shocking. If you were recently contacted by The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) due to accusations of child abuse, you may be caught completely off guard. You may have questions like, “Will I face criminal charges?” and “What can I do to clear my name?” The first step after learning that you are the subject of a DCFS investigation is to contact a skilled attorney. Your lawyer can help you understand the accusations laid against you and how best to defend yourself.

Your Rights During a DCFS Investigation

False allegations of child abuse may stem from a vengeful ex or even a simple misunderstanding. However, every allegation should be taken seriously. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is not law enforcement; however, they work closely with police during child abuse and neglect cases. DCFS findings can lead to criminal charges as well as restricted parenting time or child custody.

If you received a notice from the DCFS indicating a finding of child abuse, you should know that you have rights. You have the right to:

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crystal lake divorce lawyerWords like “Bitcoin,” “Ether,” and “Dogecoin” were completely foreign to the general public until approximately ten years ago. Since its inception, cryptocurrency has surged in popularity. Some estimates put the total value of the top ten cryptocurrencies at $1.2 trillion. If your spouse has invested in cryptocurrency and you plan to divorce, you may be entitled to a share of the currency’s value. Unfortunately, the mutable nature of cryptocurrency makes it hard to value in a divorce. Even more importantly, cryptocurrency is not stored in a bank like traditional forms of currency which makes it a popular vehicle for hiding assets in a divorce.

Underreporting Digital Currency in Divorce Case

When two spouses divorce in Illinois, an important part of the process involves both spouses disclosing their property, debts, and other financial information. The spouse’s financial circumstances influence everything from child support to property division. Consequently, lying on the financial disclosure forms by failing to disclose Bitcoin or other digital currency can dramatically impact the case’s outcome. If you or your spouse own cryptocurrency, it is important to work with a divorce attorney who has experience handling complex assets such as digital currency. If you suspect that your spouse is hiding some digital assets, your attorney may suggest working with a forensic accountant. The accountant can search for clues that point to undisclosed assets and income.

Understanding Ownership and Digital Currency

In Illinois, marital property includes assets that either spouse acquired during the marriage. This includes cryptocurrency. If your spouse purchased cryptocurrency with marital funds, you are entitled to an equitable share of the cryptocurrency’s value. You may decide to split the currency between you and your spouse, or you may offset your spouse’s cryptocurrency by taking assets of similar value. Of course, when addressing cryptocurrency in a divorce, one of the hardest questions to answer is how much the crypto is worth. Divorce cases can take several months or a year or longer to resolve, and the price of Bitcoin can vary wildly during that time. There may also be significant tax implications associated with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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