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Push for Marriage Equality in Illinois Continues in Illinois Legislature

By Nottage and Ward on February 7, 2013

Democratic Illinois legislators have begun a legislative drive to make same-sex marriage legal in the state. As reported by Reuters and published in The Chicago Tribune, an Illinois State Senate committee has approved a measure to make same-sex marriage legal. The vote count was the following:

  • Nine in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage
  • Five opposed

Republicans opposed the measure while Democrats voted in favor of making marriage between same sex couples legal. This vote paves the way for a possible vote in the Senate upper chamber during the week of February 11th, 2013.

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Electronic Discovery Upsets Status Quo: Attorney Jeffrey Knipmeyer Discusses Evolution of the System

By Nottage and Ward on May 25, 2012

Our previous blog posts have discussed how electronic discovery is making it more difficult for spouses to keep secrets and how spouses may gather evidence of deception against their husband or wife; for today’s post, the experienced Chicago family law attorney at Nottage and Ward, Jeffrey Knipmeyer, discusses how electronic discovery is reshaping the nation’s family law system.

Electronic discovery is being used by spouses and lawyers alike in order to obtain evidence to be used in court. In fact, according to Yahoo! Finance, 92 percent of divorce attorneys have seen more cases using evidence collected using smartphones in the last three years. Additionally, 66 percent of these divorce attorneys claim Facebook as the top source for compromising information on the Internet. It is not only advancements in Internet-based technology that has created new methods for finding evidence, but there are now programs that attorneys and other professionals, like forensic accountants, can use to investigate large amounts of information for evidence of deception. These new methods beg the question, when is it illegal?

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