If It Wasn't For Those Rotten Kids

Recently, I heard people decrying the state of teens today, and how differently they behave than when we were teens.  While this sounds like a new theory, in fact it is quite ancient.   Adults have been befuddled by teen antics since the days of Socrates and his famous quote that children "have bad manners, contempt for authority" and that they "are now tyrants."   So everything old is new again.  But there are a few areas where navigating the teen landscape can be more difficult than it was in the "olden days." 


First, teens relish their driving privileges, but those can be taken away quicker than those of an adult.   For example, it is mandatory to have your Illinois driver's license revoked if you are under 21, and have two convictions for possession or transportation of alcohol in your car--regardless of how close or far apart in time the convictions are.   Also, under-21 drivers could have their licenses suspended if they are convicted of having open alcohol in their car, and for receiving two moving violations in a two-year period.  Their driving privileges could even be in peril for any possession of alcohol, even if does not involve the use of a car. 


Another area which is new for teens today, is computer and cell phone technology.  Teens may find it harmless enough to pass along an inappropriate picture of another teen by text or e-mail, but if they do, they could find themselves facing criminal consequences.  Minors who are caught electronically distributing these indecent photos or "sexting" in Illinois could be taken into custody and appear before a judge.  The new technologies have heightened the seriousness of kids' actions into a whole new forum, as well as increased the likelihood that they will be caught. 


Though kids themselves haven't changed, the world around them has.  It is up to us as parents to see to it that, rather than dismissing them with behavioral labels, we give them the tools to keep themselves out of trouble in our world today.


Legal Tip Of The Day from Chicago attorney James Quigley: Know where your money
is during your marriage, because your spouse probably already does.  Many people, often times homemakers/mothers, are in the dark about marital finances, which can severely disadvantage them in a divorce.  Read and understand tax returns before signing them, look at the financial statements and credit card statements.  Consult a financial planner and/or accountant if you cannot get answers directly from your spouse.


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