Given that Illinois law recently changed the way it approaches child custody matters, it is important to think about the ways in which the new law might be better for children. As you may know, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) was revised so that the term of “child custody” no longer is used by courts. While the court still considers a family arrangement that is in the best interests of the child, instead of[...]
Many married couples get divorced in Chicago, and each typically has to go through the process of property distribution. In long-term marriages, especially, a married couple can acquire substantial amounts of property, and it can be difficult to know how the court is likely to divide that property. While some spouses can come to an agreement about issues concerning property division, the distribution of marital assets can quickly lead to a contentious and contested divorce. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution[...]
There are major changes coming to the way child support is calculated in Chicago, Illinois. Beginning on July 1, 2017, these changes will take effect. What do you need to know? In short, the state of Illinois will shift from a “percentage of net income” model of child support to an “income shares” model of child support. This means that courts no longer will take a percentage of the payor parent’s net income in awarding child support, but instead will[...]
If you are in the process of filing for divorce in Chicago, you may have heard that the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) underwent a substantial overhaul relatively recently. Some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about divorce in Illinois concerns spousal maintenance (also known as alimony). How can you know if you will be awarded spousal maintenance or if you will be required to make spousal maintenance payments? And if the court does award[...]
When Should You Speak With A Top Chicago Child Custody Attorney Child custody cases can be emotional and stressful and often have a lot on the line. It is only natural that you do not want to share your child with anyone else, however, Illinois custody laws often favor joint custody. It can be difficult to know when it is time to call an experienced child custody lawyer and the following are only some examples of when it may be[...]
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