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Naperville divorce lawyerGoing through a divorce can be a stressful and emotional time. In addition to the lasting impact on your family life, there can be many practical decisions about finances, property, and other assets that have to be made. However, if you have very few assets and meet other qualifying factors, you may be eligible for a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage under Illinois Law. This is a quicker and less costly process, but it comes with strict requirements and neither party may seek any spousal maintenance during the process or after the divorce is finalized. An experienced divorce attorney can help determine if this approach fits your situation.

Qualifications for a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

The strict qualifications for following this process are spelled out in Illinois law:

  • Both spouses must be residents of the state of Illinois.
  • Your marriage must not have lasted more than eight years.
  • You and your spouse did not have any children during the marriage, did not adopt any children together, and no child is expected.
  • The divorce is not contested by either party and you have met the requirements for a no-fault divorce, based on irreconcilable differences
  • Your joint, gross income must be no greater than $60,000 annually, with neither spouse making more than $30,000 in annual gross income.
  • Neither spouse may own any real estate.
  • The total gross value of all of your joint marital assets, including bank accounts, cars, and other assets must be no greater than $50,000.
  • The couple must have a written agreement on how they are going to divide the assets that they do have and the responsibility for their debt and liabilities.

Given the narrow requirements that must be met and the restrictions on the outcome of the process, few divorcing couples are eligible or choose to pursue this route. However, it can be helpful for those who do qualify and provide a quick solution to ending their marriage.

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DuPage County car crash attorneyWhether it is caused by tailgating, speeding, drunk driving, or distracted driving, a rear-end collision can cause serious injuries to the occupants of the car that was struck. Since many rear-end accidents come as a surprise to the vehicle that was hit, the driver and passengers rarely have time to brace for the impact.

While speed can definitely play a factor in the severity of many injuries associated with rear-end collisions, even a seemingly minor accident can cause injuries with lasting pain, which may require medical treatment and even physical therapy. If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, our lawyers can help advocate on your behalf for compensation for your pain and suffering you may be eligible to receive.

Common Injuries to Drivers and Passengers

Here are just a few of the most common injuries that those in rear-end collisions often suffer:

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Naperville family law attorneyIf you are considering a divorce and have children, you know you will face a series of difficult choices. Decisions must be made on living arrangements, custody rights, child support payments, and other difficult decisions. If you and your spouse are willing to cooperate, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is one tool available to you which can avoid the traditional divorce litigation process and risk leaving the final decision on these matters to a court. Besides addressing the division of marital assets, ADR can be used to determine parental responsibilities, parenting time, child support, and spousal support payments. An experienced family law attorney will be able to guide you through this process to a successful outcome.

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

ADR relies on civil communication between divorcing spouses. In the right circumstances, it can be a quicker, more economical, and less confrontational solution for a divorce. This can be especially important to divorcing parents when children are involved.

The four most common types of family law ADR in Illinois are:

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Naperville injury lawyerOne of the many disadvantages that victims of catastrophic injuries often suffer is having to navigate the complexities of various legal and governmental systems as they try to obtain compensation and benefits that are necessary for living with a disabling condition. While personal injury attorneys are known for helping clients pursue lawsuits against the party who is directly responsible for the client’s injury, victims of these injuries may not realize that they can also get help with issues like workers’ compensation claims and Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt or killed by a car or truck accident, poor medical care, dangerous premises, or while at work on a construction site, you may need the help of an Illinois personal injury attorney in more than one area as you adjust to a new reality.

Who Can Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Not everyone who is disabled and unable to work will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. There are complex work eligibility requirements that are affected by how someone has worked, how recently they have worked, and how much they earned. Recipients must also be considered disabled.

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DuPage County family immigration lawyerOne of the most common avenues for immigration to the United States is through sponsorship by a family member. A person who is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident with a valid Green Card may be able to sponsor people in other countries for family-based visas. However, it is important for families to understand the different types of visas that may be available, the procedures they will need to follow when applying for these visas, and the legal issues that may potentially affect their ability to live together in the United States.

Visa Eligibility Depends on Family Relationships

A person’s ability to provide sponsorship for family-based visas will depend on their own legal status and their relationship to the family member(s) who are looking to immigrate to the U.S. Generally, U.S. citizens will have an easier time sponsoring family members, and they will often be able to bring immediate family members to the country without a significant waiting period. In cases where Green Card holders wish to sponsor immediate family members for immigration or when citizens wish to sponsor more distant relatives, waiting periods may apply, and a limited number of visas are available.

Immediate Relative (IR) visas are available for close family members of U.S. citizens. A citizen may provide sponsorship for their spouse through an IR-1 visa, or they may provide sponsorship for their children through an IR-2 visa, as long as the children are under the age of 21 and are not married. IR-5 visas may also be available for parents of a U.S. citizen, as long as the citizen is at least 21 years old. IR visas are usually immediately available with no waiting period, and there is no limit on the number of IR visas that can be issued.

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