2018-02-06 Filling out Taxes

Maintenance Tax Deduction Going Away

While many property owners in Illinois flooded to their assessor’s office to prepay their property tax bills due to the expected reduction of the property tax deduction on their Federal tax returns, the recent tax reform act enacted by Congress and signed by President Trump also contains a significant change to family law matters.  Maintenance […]

Father Carrying Son

Child Support Liens

Many people may not realize, including some attorneys, that each installment of overdue support owed by a noncustodial parent becomes a lien by operation of law against the real and personal property of the noncustodial parent. That means that these liens “arise” whenever child support becomes past due! This is a kind of super lien […]

2018-01-10 New Fam Law Changes

New Family Law Changes Effective January 1, 2018

As a new year comes, so do the effective dates of many new statutes that Illinois has passed in 2017.  Several of these laws involve family law matters.  Pet Custody The first and most talked about change is the authority for courts to determine “pet custody” in divorce cases.  We have previously done a separate […]

2017-12-19 Kids at Christmas

Happy Holidays?

Kids everywhere wait in anxious anticipation for the holidays, in particular, Christmas, because it means endless cookies, get-togethers with family, and most of all – presents!  For the children of the separated or newly divorced parents, however, it also means a certain amount of anxiety over who does what, when, where, and how. As with […]

2017-11-03 Law Never Sleeps

The Law Never Sleeps

The law never sleeps.  While I am not sure this is a quotation I can attribute to anyone, in particular, the sentiment is all too true.  Recently the Illinois legislature made even more changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) by the passage of Public Act 100-0520.  These changes follow on the […]

2017-10-17 Special Needs with Mom

Planning for Loved Ones with Disabilities

According to The National Center for Education Statistics, about 35% of children ages 3-21 have some kind of learning disability. About 20% have a speech or language impairment. More significantly, about 9% of this population has autism, 6% have an intellectual disability, another 6% have developmental delay, 5% have some kind of emotional disturbance, and […]