New Illinois Child Support Law Starting 7/1/17

Beginning next July 2017, Illinois family law courts will now calculate child support based upon the parent's combined income and based on the parenting time allocated. The calculations for child support will come from the state sometime before the law goes into effect, but here are some highlighted changes:

• Children that live with you and you support are now factored in.

New and Improved Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to take effect January 1, 2016

Governor Rauner signed SB 57 this year which was a major overhaul of Illinois Divorce Law. The current divorce statute (called the IMDMA) was enacted in 1977. Much has changed in society and family dynamics since then. This legislation was in the works for several years. Just like any other major statue, it was changed and reworked many times at the request of interest groups and certain legislators. The end product is not perfect, but I believe many of the changes are for the better. Here are a few of the major changes.

New Maintence Statute in Illinois

As of January 1, 2015, Illinois has a completely new statute dealing with maintenance (formerly known as alimony and sometimes called spousal support). Never before have we had a statutory formula for how to calculate maintenance. The reasons given by the drafters of the law was that Illinois judges were all over the map when awarding or not awarding maintenance. There was no consistency or predictability so they had to pass law with some guidelines. That said, judges can still do what they want (i.e. deviate from the statute), if they have good reasons to do so.