Category Archives: Dissolution of Marriage

Does an Affair or Adultery Impact a Divorce?

Couple discussing marital affair

You might be concerned that an affair or adultery will impact your divorce. Marital misconduct is not taken into consideration when dividing up property in Illinois or deciding a child custody arrangement, at least not formally. For the person who has been scorned, the desire for revenge can make the divorce and negotiations more difficult. […]

Cook County Divorce Court is Open and Operating via Zoom during COVID-19

You can get divorced right now Chicago, Illinois without going to court.  This may surprise many people but the Cook County, DuPage and surrounding county divorce courts are open and operating remotely.  For uncontested divorces, it may even be possible to get divorced quicker than was possible before COVID-19 took place.  Divorce and parentage cases […]

New Maintenance Law in Illinois

Beginning January 1, 2019, Illinois has a new formula for calculating maintenance. If you get divorced in 2019 and beyond, this new formula applies to your case.  Maintenance (also known as alimony or spousal support) used to be taxable to the payee and tax deductible by the payor.  If you are divorced and currently paying […]

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

Illinois Marriage

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 […]

New Maintenance Statute in Illinois

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 […]