Refers to dissolution of marriage (divorce) parentage/paternity (never married couples who have a child or children together); pre and post nuptial agreements.
All parents have a duty to support their children. Effective July, 2017 Illinois has moved to the income share model, following most other states with income shares – the incomes of both parents are considered in calculating each parent’s responsibility for support.
Now known as Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, Illinois law now provides a model where parents have equal rights and responsibilities relating to their children. Major decisions may be allocated jointly to the parties or apportioned between them.
Now known as Allocation of Parenting Time, Illinois law now provides a model where parenting time is apportioned between the parents based upon the child’s best interests, and neither parent is designated as merely a “visiting parent”.
Formerly alimony, this law changed in 2016 and again in 2017, with the Illinois courts now following a guideline approach based upon the incomes of both parties as well as length of the marriage.
Uncontested or Agreed Divorce
There are several models of alternative dispute resolution available in Illinois where the focus is on negotiation rather than litigation. Contact our office to discuss collaborative law, mediation, the hybrid model known as cooperative law, and other means of peacefully resolving family law matters.