Married couples who no longer wish to be married to each other, but have come to a basic agreement on how to divide all of the marital property and debts can file and complete their divorce proceedings much more quickly than spouses who have disagreements over who should receive the assets or liabilities of the marriage, including disagreeing over custody… Read more →
The Difference Between a Prenuptial Agreement and a Postnuptial Agreement and Why You Should Have One.
Divorce proceedings can take years to finalize if the parties have a significant number of assets and/or they simply cannot agree on who is entitled to what property or asset. These disputes are especially common where the parties own real estate, retirement accounts, or have interests in one or more businesses. At their worst, a contested divorce case can require… Read more →
Illinois lawmakers have recently amended the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 and increased the remedies and modified the categories for protected parties under the Act. (750 ILCS 60/102). With these changes, Illinois has shown its commitment to preventing domestic violence. The Act protects against all violence from family and household members including: hitting, kicking, choking, threatening, harassing, or interfering… Read more →
In 2016, Illinois enacted the Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Act, providing rights for children placed in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”). Adopted under the official title of PA 99-0344, the Foster Children’s Bill of Rights Act aims to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all children placed in foster homes under DCFS… Read more →
The Overhaul of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: Changes to Maintenance in 2016
Laws and processes are continuously changing and evolving to keep up with time and society, and the year 2016 is no different. Specifically, revisions to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) regarding alimony, now known as maintenance, in divorce, legal separation and annulment support cases have changed considerably. Prior to January 1, 2016, temporary support consisted of… Read more →
Child Support is a relevant issue for any couple or party involved in a pending divorce, parentage or custody matter. Child Support is the financial obligation of the non custodial party. The purpose of child support is to provide the minor child(ren) with the financial assistance to pay for basic living needs such as shelter, food and clothing. Child Support… Read more →