Tag Archives: Illinois family law

Illinois family law attorney, declaring a marriage invalidUnder certain circumstances, an individual may wish to request that a court declare his or her marriage invalid. Invalidity of a marriage, which was formerly known as annulment, is a distinct process from divorce. In order to have a marriage declared invalid, the marriage must have occurred under specific circumstances as described by law.

Invalid Marriages

Under Illinois law, a marriage may be found invalid if it was entered into under one of the following conditions:

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Illinois family law attorney, child custody and visitationOn January 1, 2016, significant changes will go into effect in Illinois under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). Specifically, changes will be made to child custody and visitation. Therefore, it is important to be aware of these changes as 2016 begins.

Allocation of Parental Responsibility

Beginning January 1, 2016, the entire section on custody will be named the Allocation of Parental Responsibility—the terms “custody” and “visitation” will no longer be used in Illinois. Moreover, custody orders, visitation agreements, and parenting agreements will be removed from the chapter and will be replaced with allocation judgments, parenting time, and parenting plans. An allocation judgment is a judgment that allocates or directs parental responsibilities.

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Illinois family law attorney, modifying child custodyFor numerous reasons, a parent may wish modify a child custody determination. While under most circumstances a modification of a child custody judgment is difficult to obtain, it is possible. Understanding the process of modifying a child custody judgment is important for parents who believe their child would benefit under a different custody plan.

Demonstrating Modification is Necessary

The court retains continuing jurisdiction to modify a child custody judgment. However, under most circumstances, modification of a child custody judgment will not be considered until after two years have passed since an original custody judgment is entered—it is believed that giving children the greatest amount of stability after a decision has been made is most beneficial for them. Under Illinois law, the only way a child custody judgment may be modified earlier than two years is if a court permits it on the basis of affidavits that there is reason to believe the child's present environment may endanger seriously his or her physical, mental, moral or emotional health.

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NOTE: A new Illinois law governing how child support is calculated went into effect in July 2017. Please visit our child support page for details

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The average financial cost of raising a child until the age of 18 was estimated at around $240,000 last year, excluding the cost of a college education. While the joy a child can bring cannot be measured in financial terms, this amount of money can be unmanageable for most parents without some form of assistance. For single parents, the financial assistance from the other parent, primarily in the form of compelled child support, can be invaluable and help them stay afloat.

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There are two “dueling” bills currently pending in the Illinois legislature that relate to divorce and parenting time (otherwise known as visitation). The passage of one of the bills, House Bill 1452, would introduce sweeping changes to the Illinois divorce laws. The other bill, House Bill 5425, focuses only on setting new standards and presumptions for parenting time for non-custodial parents.

Although there is not one single “standard” visitation schedule for non-custodial parents, a common default arrangement gives a non-custodial parent visitation every other weekend and one or two evenings for dinner during the week. Many in the family law profession believe this default schedule needs to change. In 2008, the Family Law Study Committee was formed to address proposed changes to Illinois divorce law. Members of that committee included family advocates, attorneys, and members of the legislature. Their recommendation was that giving both parents equal parenting time is often in the best interest of the children and, therefore, Illinois law should reflect that idea.

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