• New Study Suggests Divorced Fathers in Illinois are Not Spending as Much Time With Their Kids

    Anyone in the Chicago area who is thinking about filing for divorce and has children may know about a bill that is currently pending in the Illinois legislature concerning shared parenting. In brief, House Bill 4113 aims to amend the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) in order to have a presumption of equal parenting time, or 50/50 shared parenting time. Numerous father’s rights advocates have championed the bill while it has been met with many questions and[...]

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  • Family Law Judges and Gender Bias

    When a married couple decides to file for divorce and have children from the marriage, it can be difficult to come to an agreement about how they will share parental responsibilities. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), when it comes to parental responsibilities and parenting time (previously known as child custody and visitation), parents can work together to develop a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child. Creating such a parenting plan[...]

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  • Three Routes to Establishing Paternity in Illinois

    Paternity is a legal concept that refers to the identity of a child’s biological father, and there are different reasons why various individuals would want to make parentage official under Illinois law. The child’s mother may want to establish paternity to file for child support, as there must be an official record before a court can enter such an order; A man who contests that he is the biological father may want an official determination of parentage because he would[...]

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  • New Illinois Law on Child Support: Developing Trends in Divorce Cases

    Almost a year has passed since the new Illinois child support law went into effect and already certain trends are developing to shape how divorce cases proceed in the state. In general, the statute has changed how the amount of child support is determined, which reflects the new reality of a shared approach to parenting. As such, the focus is no longer on what the noncustodial parent should pay to the custodial parent to cover the costs of raising the[...]

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  • What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order in Illinois Divorce Law?

    Even if you are many years away from leaving the workforce, your retirement benefits may be an issue now if you are going through Illinois divorce. Often, these accounts are among the most valuable assets involved in a divorce, making them a highly contentious issue. Plus, the complicated structure, vesting rules, and other details make them one of the more difficult assets to divide fairly and equitably between divorcing spouses. You can rely on an experienced divorce and complex property[...]

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