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  • Pet Custody and What It Means in Illinois

    Some people consider their pets as children. So it makes sense that when parties with a pet are getting divorced, emotions rise when deciding who can keep the pet and who has a right to see the pet. With the newly formulated law in Illinois, parties getting divorced may now petition the court for possession

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  • Contribution to College Expenses

    Parents that have gone through a divorce proceeding and obtained a child support order should be aware that their financial support of that child does not necessarily end when the child turns 18. Child support in Illinois terminates when a child turns 18, or when the child graduates high school, whichever is later; however, a

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  • What is a Parenting Plan and what does it include?

    In Illinois, when a divorce or parentage case is filed, the parents have 120 days to file a proposed “Parenting Plan” (formerly known as “child custody agreement” or “co-parenting agreement”) with the court. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) defines a “Parenting Plan” as “a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities,

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  • What is the Difference Between (1) an Attorney for the Child, (2) a Child Representative, and (3) a Guardian ad Litem?

    When a married couple decides to end their marriage and they have a child or children together, they often disagree on how matters should play out regarding the best interests of their child or children, as it is easy to lose sight of what is really important in a heated divorce proceeding. If you find

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  • Significant changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in 2016 & 2017 you should know

    Divorce and child custody laws: Last year, on January 1, 2016, the Illinois legislature drastically changed divorce and child custody laws in Illinois. Under the old Section 504 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), the terms “joint custody,” “sole custody,” and “visitation” were used to discuss family law issues. These harsh

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