As anyone who has used local contractors to build or renovate a house knows, sometimes getting quality work for a fair price can be a daunting process. A homeowner in Wabash County found another hurdle: the state Supreme Court. In a recent decision, the court held that a small landscaping business was not covered by the state's home improvement fraud statute.
Making the decision to divorce is a major life-changing decision. You have to think carefully about how it is going to impact you now and into the future. One thing that you might not realize is that you will have to deal with various aspects of the decision even after the split is over.
Estate planning refers to a series of decisions that a person is empowered to make under Indiana law prior to death. Many factors can affect a person's estate plan, including the amount and kind of assets owned by the person, the number of living children or children of deceased children, estate and income taxes and any special circumstances that the person executing the documents wishes to use to dispose of particular assets. Another factor that has affected estate planning decisions in Indiana and other states during the last two decades is the advancement in medical care that can keep a person's organs functioning even if the person lacks mental or physical capacity.
Most residents of Illinois believe that the entry of a judgment ending their marriages is the final step in a very unpleasant process. In many cases, this belief is accurate, but its accuracy depends upon the wishes of the parties and not upon Illinois' family laws. The parties in a divorce proceeding have two essential rights to modify or amend a judgment of divorce after it is ended: a motion to the court to amend certain portions of the order, or an appeal to the Illinois courts of appeal.
Negotiating a child custody arrangement isn't an easy task for some parents. This is often the case when the divorce is contentious. Making it through this process is going to take effort on the part of both parents.
Many couples in the Chicago area are struggling with the decision about whether to end their marriage. The nature of the divorce process depends largely upon the attitudes of the parties. If they are able to communicate openly and honestly, they may be able to reach a decision on every important issue without asking the judge to make the decision. If, on the other hand, they see every dispute as a weapon to be used to aggravate or harm the other party, the process is likely to be very long and fraught with anger and depression. The courts encourage parties to use processes such as divorce mediation or collaborative divorce in an effort to reduce the emotional stress of a divorce and avoid a court trial.