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August 2015 Archives

Changes to Parental Relocation in Illinois

Many of the major changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) coming from Senate Bill 57 have to do with the concept of child custody, which has now been reframed as the concept of "parental responsibility." Rather than making custody determinations, beginning January 1, 2016, when the law goes into effect, the court will make allocations regarding decision-making responsibility and parenting time. In addition, the court's role with regard to parental relocation will also change.

Who is Eligible to Adopt?

For many people, the most meaningful and exciting time in their life is when they are having a child. Soon-to-be parents spend time choosing their child's name, getting a nursery ready, reading parenting books, and sharing the news with friends and family. For those who grow their family through adoption, before they begin to take all of the steps to get ready for their child, they have to navigate complex adoption processes and legal proceedings.

Who Will Pay for College?

Trying to prepare for financial obligations after a divorce can be stressful. Understanding a new financial landscape can be difficult when trying to assess bills or expenses, such as rent, utilities, car payments, or health care. Preparing for that financial change can be even more challenging when a child is about to start college. College can be a major expense; according to The College Board, the average tuition at a private four-year college is $31,231 a year--and that figure does not include additional costs such as housing, food, and books. While any family preparing to send a child to college is faced with the same financial burden, divorced parents may wonder who is responsible for the cost of college.

Mediation and Divorce in Illinois

The prospect of going through a divorce can be intimidating and stressful. In addition to adjusting to the change in the relationship, many people are concerned about going through contentious and unpleasant proceedings - particularly if there are children involved. One option for divorcing parties who want to avoid an adversarial courtroom battle is to participate in mediation.

Spousal Maintenance and Child Support Law Changes

Senate Bill 57, which was recently passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by the governor, will make significant adjustments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) beginning January 1 of next year. In addition to the changes to statutes governing divorce and custody, there have been notable changes to statutes governing support - including both child support and spousal support, or spousal maintenance.

What Is Legal Separation?

Ending a marriage can be a difficult and overwhelming decision. People may be thinking about divorce as an option, but may be unsure, have personal or financial concerns, or may not be ready to file for divorce. Those who are not ready to file for divorce, but who are seeking to take some steps towards separating from their spouse, may be interested in a legal separation.

Senate Bill 57: Changes to Divorce Law in Illinois

On January 1, 2016, changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), which governs marriage, divorce, custody, and support in Illinois, will take effect. Major changes of the IMDMA update include grounds for divorce and the length of time parties need to wait before obtaining a divorce.

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

There are many exciting aspects of planning for a marriage. After getting engaged, many people throw parties - such as engagement parties or bridal showers, and focus on planning their wedding. They shop for dresses, meet with vendors, choose a venue, register for gifts and plan their honeymoon. Those who are not already living together before the wedding make plans to move--sometimes to a new home--for after the wedding. However, one thing that many couples avoid including in their planning is a prenuptial agreement.

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