Parenting Plans Under the New Divorce Law

In past articles, we have described the substantive and procedural changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) dealing with parenting. Custody and visitation are terms that have been replaced with parenting time, care taking functions are now defined, and significant decision making authority can now be allocated to either or both…

Procedural Changes to Parenting in Divorce

While changes to the substance of the provisions in Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) dealing with custody and visitation may be the most significant of the changes the new law introduces, effective January 1, 2016, there are procedural changes to parenting in divorce as well. The procedural changes to parenting in divorce…

New Divorce Law on College Expenses

Sweeping changes were made to Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”), including changes to Section 513, which is the new divorce law on college expenses in Illinois that regulates the allocation of post-secondary education expenses for non-minor children.  These changes go into effect January 1, 2016, and eliminate some confusion and room for disagreement that led…

A New Illinois Marriage and Divorce Law

Following successive major changes to Illinois marriage law in 2011 (civil unions), 2013 (same-sex marriage) and 2014 (spousal maintenance (alimony) provisions) the Illinois legislature has now passed, and the Governor has signed, a complete rewrite of the Illinois marriage and divorce law (Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA)).  The last time the Marriage Act…