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Wheaton family law attorneyOne of the main services of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Illinois is to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect. It is important to understand a DCFS investigation is not a criminal investigation. However, DCFS and police personnel often work together to investigate the same claims. A thorough DCFS investigation must be conducted in order to provide credible evidence that a child was abused or neglected.

An indicated finding can have a significant and lasting impact on someone’s life, including limited parental responsibilities and/or restricted parenting time with children; job loss, and more. If a person has been indicated for abuse and/or neglect of a child, he or she is entitled to certain rights, including an appeal.

DCFS Appeals Process

There could be many reasons for a DCFS finding of child abuse and/or neglect. Some of these acts are intentional, but others can be unintentional accidents, or simply due to reckless behavior. Unfortunately, children can also lie about abuse allegations if another adult tells them to do so. If someone receives notice of a finding of child abuse and/or neglect, he or she has certain legal rights, including:

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Naperville estate planning lawyer

Wills are important legal documents which lay out your wishes for after you pass away. While everyone should have a will to make sure their wishes are carried out after death, many adults do not have one, which can cause legal issues. The most common elements to include in a last will and testament are your financial accounts, personal assets, property you may own, inheritances or plans for your children, investments, and assets related to your business. If no will is made, and an individual dies, the government often has to step in.

Wills and Estates Law

When a person dies and does not have a last will and testament, their estate goes to the members of their family through a procedure known as intestate succession. The government distributes the estate of the recently deceased to their spouse or any direct heirs. However, before that process occurs, financial debts must be settled.

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New Illinois Law Helps Domestic Violence Victims Keep Phone Numbers

Wheaton order of protection attorney domestic abuseWhen someone is the victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse, they can obtain an order of protection which provides them with safety. However, victims often struggle to achieve independence from their abusers, since their lives are closely linked both personally and financially. Illinois law was recently updated to address one issue that often arises in cases of domestic abuse: cell phone accounts.

Separating Cell Phone Plans

On January 1, 2018, a new Illinois law took effect that allows a person who obtains an order of protection to transfer their wireless telephone number to a new account. This allows victims to separate their cell phone service from a plan that was shared with their abuser, providing them with financial independence and ensuring that their abuser will not be able to access information such as text messages, voice mail, or location data. The law contains the following provisions:

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DuPage County family law attorneys, hidden assets, high net worth divorce, no-fault divorce, joint tax returnWhen couples divorce in Illinois, they both have a right to equitable division of both physical possessions and financial assets. Couples are not necessarily guaranteed a 50-50 split of everything they own, but each spouse should receive a fair and equitable amount of the marital property.

However, some spouses, especially in cases of high net worth divorce, may attempt to conceal some of their assets in hopes that they will not have to share them.

Spouses may also hide assets because they blame the divorce on the other spouse and do not believe that they are entitled to certain marital property. Still, Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, and courts will not punish a spouse for causing the marriage to fail. Property should be divided equitably; the only exception may be if one spouse has dissipated marital property, in which case the division of remaining property will reflect this.

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