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New Illinois Law Makes Major Changes to Divorce Process

By Nottage and Ward on February 23, 2016

In the new year, Illinois has made major changes to its divorce and family laws. For the first time in years, Illinois has updated its Dissolution of Marriage Act, changing the way the state handles divorces.

The changes, which took effect at the start of 2016, include changes in terminology. Terms like “husband” and “wife” have been replaced with “spouses” to reflect changes to same-sex marriage law and to make the application of the law more equitable. Instead of the old phrase “child custody,” the law now uses “allocation of parenting time and responsibility” to clarify that the judge is focusing on what is in the best interests of the child, not what the parents demand.

The new laws also change how parenting time and responsibility are discussed. Judges can now consider factors like the amount of involvement each parent had in the child’s life for the 24 months before the divorce paperwork was filed, and whether either parent has tried to estrange the child from the other parent. The law also makes it easier for parents to move out of state without changing the custody order, as long as both parents agree on the move.

Divorce laws can be complicated, especially when it is vital for you to understand how they impact your specific situation. By working with an experienced attorney like the team at Nottage & Ward, LLP you gain the knowledgeable help you need to protect your legal rights and settle your divorce in a way that supports your future goals. Contact us today for a confidential case evaluation.

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