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February 2017 Archives

Contract disputes result in shutting down of theater group

In Illinois and elsewhere, behind the scenes of community theater productions is often said to be wrought with as much drama as the stage. From actors that don't get along to sordid love affairs between cast members, one never knows what goes on when the curtain closes. Contract disputes are also not uncommon and, if left unresolved can lead to serious problems.

Business valuation: What is it and how is it determined?

Ending a marriage in court is never any easy process, as many Illinois residents who have gone through it may attest. Extenuating circumstances can complicate matters even further, such as disagreements regarding care and upbringing of children or marital property, etc. When a divorcing couple owns a business together, a business valuation is typically needed before a judge can determine its asset value and how it should be divided, if at all.

Biological father fighting for child custody

Several years ago, in a state outside Illinois, a child was removed from the custody of her mother because the mother was deemed incompetent by the court due to drug problems. A married couple took the child in as foster parents. Since then, a situation has developed involving the child's biological father who was recently released from prison and is now fighting for child custody.

Skilled representation often crucial to contract negotiation

Signed agreements are highly customizable documents that are integral components of many Illinois business relationships. Some contracts last several years while others are renewed or terminated sooner. Whether entering an agreement for the first time, or submitting new proposals when an existing contract expires, contract negotiation is typically an important part of the process.

Another state's testimony laws in child custody cases may change

Illinois parents who've divorced understand how challenging it can be to develop new parenting plans that keep children's best interests at heart. Many say children themselves should be consulted more often when it comes to decisions regarding child custody and visitation. In fact, one state is considering changing its current laws pertaining to the testimony of children in family court.