2017-05-19 Special Needs boy with Mentor

Introducing ABLE Accounts

After much anticipation and delay, Illinois families can finally utilize the ABLE Account Program. The ABLE Account Program (15 ILCS 505/16.6) allows individuals receiving SSI and other means-tested programs to open up a bank account (similar to a checking account) which does not count against the means-tested program’s resource limit. A means tested program is […]

2017-02-21 Child Support Law

Can You Deviate from the New Illinois Child Support Law?

In addition to, How Does the New Child Support Law Affect Business Owners? Starting July 1, 2017, Illinois will join the majority of states by adopting a new child support law. The new Illinois child support law uses an income sharing method of calculating child support. The income sharing method of calculating child support factors in […]

2017-01-30 Fam Law Custody

New Child Support Law

More changes afoot in regard to child support in Illinois. Starting July 1, 2017, the method in which child support is calculated will change drastically.  In a prior blog post, we addressed a broad overview of the coming changes. In this blog post, we will explore the changes in more detail. In short, Illinois is […]

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How Will the New Illinois Child Support Rules Affect You?

“Why do I have to pay 32% of my income for child support?  She doesn’t have to pay anything for support of the children!” As a family law practitioner, I have often heard this statement or some variation, from people obligated to pay child support.  One respected judge would often respond by saying, “Well, if […]

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More Changes to Illinois Family Law are Coming

While Illinois still is without a budget, the Legislature is at work correcting its prior errors and clarifying things it previously did.  For a third straight year, that means more changes to Illinois family law are coming.  On August 12, 2016, Governor Rauner signed into law a bill clarifying and making corrections to the massive rewrite […]

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Understanding Marital Property and Non-Marital Property

When people get married with positive hopes and expectations of building their lives together, they don’t dwell on the possibility of divorce. People may not think about the ownership of property is acquired during a marriage when times are good.  Married couples often own most of their property together in joint-tenancy, but spouses sometimes have bank […]