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Underage drinking or fake ID charges can hurt your child's future

Illinois bans the drinking of alcohol by anyone who is under the age of 21. Drinking alcohol under this age is only permitted in a few special circumstances, such as if a parent or guardian allows a child to have a drink at dinner at home or if they are part of a religious service.

If a minor is caught drinking outside the home, they could face many serious penalties. Here are a few facts about Illinois's state laws for underage drinking with a fake ID.

Three estate plans to update after a divorce

Divorce inherently involves an extreme amount of change. Everything from your relationship to where you live changes after a separation. However, the change doesn't end after a divorce's finalization. Most couples have to update several legal documents, including their estate plans.

But what should we update right away? There are three main aspects every person should change after a divorce. It ensures that your current wishes are met and your former spouse won't inherit anything they shouldn't.

A modification can help you assume parental responsibilities

There are many reasons why you could feel displeased with the terms of the parenting plan in your Illinois divorce. Maybe you were going through some legal issues or professional ones, like military deployment, at the time of the divorce that prevented you from fully asserting your parental rights. Perhaps you had to deal with depression after your divorce and stick up for yourself when it came to custody proceedings. You might have struggled to find permanent housing.

Now, you have come to realize that you don't have nearly enough time with your children, and you are quite unhappy with the current situation. The good news is that you may be able to pursue a modification of the original court order that allocates more parental responsibilities to you. The original court order is changeable if you follow procedure and request a special modification hearing.

Beware of Illinois parking laws to avoid facing tickets

Anyone who drives in Illinois must ensure that they are familiar with the parking laws in the state. These are sometimes denoted by signs, but there are also many laws that are universal everywhere in Illinois. Familiarity with these can help to prevent a violation.

Most drivers are familiar with common laws, such as being forbidden from parking in a spot that is marked for individuals with a disabled placard. These common laws are only the tip of the iceberg. Other laws that aren't as well-known could mean that you are facing serious fines.

Deployment and child custody: Your options

When you're in the military, there may be a question as to your ability to care for your child. Clearly, if you are deployed, it won't be possible to have custody of your child. This issue, combined with other requirements of military service, is why many people in the military worry that they'll lose custody permanently.

The thing to remember is that, while your service may impact your immediate custody arrangements, your service should not be the sole determining factor in your custody arrangements. Before you deploy or relocate, you will need to create a family care plan that discusses how your children will be cared for financially, logistically and medically while you're deployed.

Tips to make child custody situations a bit easier for everyone

Life with children after a divorce isn't always easy. Not only do you have to deal with the usual issues that come with raising children, you also have to deal with potential conflicts with your ex. One way that you might be able to minimize the latter is by having a parenting plan that outlines what is going to happen with the children.

Many child custody cases involve parents who are going to work together for the children. Following some simple guidelines can help to make the situation a bit less stressful and easier to handle.

Reasons why a Breathalyzer test could render inaccurate results

Most drivers aren't aware of just how inaccurate a Breathalyzer test result can be. But defense attorneys tend to know that they can challenge a Breathalyzer test in court if necessary. If they're successful with the challenge, the court will remove the results from the evidentiary record and the results can't be used against the defendant to convict him or her of a drunk driving crime.

Here are the most common reasons why a court might agree that a Breathalyzer test was inaccurate:

Understanding voluntarily assumed paternity

In the best of circumstances, both parents will agree on the question of who the father of the child happens to be. In fact, this is what happens in the vast majority of childbirths: The question of paternity doesn't create any issues at all.

When the parents agree about paternity, it's called "voluntarily assumed paternity." Even in circumstances when the question of paternity is a point of disagreement, the truth may come out when the parties realize that DNA evidence will provide a definitive answer.

Adjust your attitude toward divorce to minimize its impact

In the early days of the process, getting a divorce can feel like the end of your life as you know it. After all, you have likely spent many years devoted to the same relationship.

Now, you must consider your life moving forward without the other party. Especially if you are not the one to file for divorce, it can feel like your life is over when divorce becomes inevitable.

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