Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
April 15, 2020
When getting divorced today in Illinois, did you know that courts are no longer allowed to award Sole Custody to one parent? Did you also know that courts are no longer allowed to enter Joint Custody awards either? Today, all …Read More
How Will the New “Equal Parenting Time” Bill Affect Your Family?
February 9, 2019
On January 29, 2019, Illinois House Bill 0185, or the “Equal Parenting Time” Bill was assigned to the Illinois Judiciary-Civil Committee as part of a process which may incorporate the new bill into the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage …Read More
Who Pays for College When Mom Remarries?
July 26, 2017
Who pays for college when mom remarries? Many divorces are settled with the understanding that each parent’s contribution to the payment of the minor children’s college education expenses will be determined at the time each child is ready to attend …Read More
Is Allocation of Parental Responsibilities All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Is allocation of parental responsibilities all it’s cracked up to be? Approximately 20 years ago, on January 1, 1986, the Illinois Legislature enacted a new law allowing divorcing parents to share allocation of parental responsibilities of their children after a …Read More
Does Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Mean Equal Parenting Time?
Does allocation of parental responsibilities mean equal parenting time? Often times parents going through a divorce are unable to distinguish between allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. Provisions in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which govern the issues …Read More
Dissipation in Divorce Proceedings
July 25, 2017
Dissipation in divorce proceedings The issue of whether or not dissipation has occurred in a divorce case continues to remain at the forefront of many property disputes. As recently as December, 2000, the very well respected Fourth District Illinois Appellate …Read More
Children out of Wedlock
Children out of wedlock It has become increasingly common in today’s society for parents to give birth to children out of wedlock. Prior to July 10, 2003, the law in Illinois treated married parents differently than parents who had children …Read More
Are single parents chained to Illinois?
Are single parents chained to Illinois? Have you ever seen the commercial for Southwest Airlines where the ending words are, “You are now free to move about the country?” A wonderful thought for vacationers! After listening to this advertisement four …Read More
Are Grandparents Entitled to Parenting Time Privileges?
Are grandparents entitled to parenting time privileges? On August 13, 2001, the Illinois Appellate Court upheld the constitutionality of the Illinois Grandparent Visitation statute in the divorce case, Michael Mehring vs. Julie Mehring. This decision was significant for all grandparents …Read More
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities: Do I Have a Say?
April 14, 2017
Laws regarding parenting between divorced spouses have changed dramatically in Illinois. Once called child custody, these new laws went into effect at the beginning of 2016 and are now referred to as allocation of parental responsibilities. Ultimately, the court will …Read More
3 Ways to Plan for the Holidays when Divorced with Children
November 28, 2016
What makes holidays special is the family gathering together and depending on which holiday it is, sharing gifts bought for each other. When this will no longer be happening because their parents have split up, it takes a toll on …Read More
Establishing Paternity: It’s Not as Easy as D-N-A
April 1, 2016
Work with experienced Chicago Family Law Attorneys Today! We’ve all seen the shows. The envelope comes in. The man and woman are nervous. The audience leans forward. The host unfolds the piece of paper, and out comes those words: “You …Read More
How Can You Help Your Kids Cope With Your Divorce?
February 5, 2016
Ending your marriage can be one of the most stressful times of your life. If this is a bad time for you, imagine how it must feel for your kids. When children’s family dynamic is suddenly changed, it can be …Read More