• Spousal Maintenance Law Changes Coming to Illinois

    Are you thinking about filing for divorce this year? If so, you should know that there are changes coming to Illinois spousal maintenance law. The changes will take effect on June 1, 2018, and they will have a major impact on many divorce cases in which the court determines that spousal maintenance is appropriate. To be clear, under the new law, spouses who are seeking maintenance will still need to request maintenance under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage[...]

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  • Parenting Courses in Chicago Custody Cases

    If you are filing for divorce in Chicago and have children from the marriage, it is important to know what the state requires in terms of parent education. While parents often know and understand their own children’s needs better than an individual or group tasked with providing parent education after a divorce, what many parents do not realize is that their kids will have reactions to the divorce—as well as to parenting time and parental responsibilities—that they may not have[...]

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  • Dividing Retirement Plans in Your Divorce

    As you many know, when you file for divorce in Illinois, any marital property—both assets and debts acquired during the marriage—will be subject to division. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), assets are divided according to a theory of equitable distribution. In other words, the court takes account of all marital assets and debts, and then it distributes them in a manner that it fair and just to both of the parties. Where do retirement accounts[...]

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  • Can Outsourcing Housework Save Your Marriage?

    Did you know that approximately 25 percent of people who are currently divorced cited “disagreements about housework” as one of the major factors in their decision to dissolve the marriage? According to a recent article in The New York Times, some married couples may be able to save their relationships if they found a way to outsource home chores that are particularly unpleasant. Indeed, “letting someone else do the work in and around the house . . . could save[...]

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  • How Do I Calculate Child Support Under the “Income Shares” Model?

    Many families in Illinois are just learning about the new “income shares” model for child support that took effect on July 1, 2017. As we have previously discussed, Illinois child support used to work in such a way that the custodial parent paid child support to the noncustodial parent. This was known as the “percentage of obligor net income” model.  Now, however, the state uses an “income shares” model. This means that the net incomes of both parents are taken[...]

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