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Income Shares Model | July 1, 2017

As of July 1st, Illinois has experienced a significant change by implementing the income shares model for determining child support. The methodology, used by 39 other states, increases the perception of fairness and equity in child support while acknowledging both parents’ contributions to the support obligation.
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Relocation

Previously, the Act required custodial parents to obtain court permission to move outside of Illinois. Now however, depending on the amount of time allocated, when one parent wishes to relocate with a child, there are additional and revised procedures which govern the proposed relocation.
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Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest for Success in Custody Case

Daniel Gold-Kessler and Marvin A. Mendez Featured in Follow-Up Article for Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest for Success in Custody Case. The September 2016 edition of the Illinois Trial Court Divorce Digest featured Dussias Skallas Wittenberg attorneys Daniel Gold-Kessler and Marvin A. Mendez..
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Parenting

The commonly known words “custody” and “visitation” have been replaced with the terms “parental responsibility” and “allocation of parental responsibility,” respectively.  There is nothing more valuable to come out of a relationship than children. Custody disputes, whether as part of a divorce or a parentage action, can be overwhelming to both parents and children.
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Educational Expenses | Post-High School

Post-high school educational expenses have been limited since the revised Act has taken effect. This has been done to ensure more consistency and fairness with such awards/allocations.
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Illinois Parentage Act of 2015

The new Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 became effective on January 1, 2016. This new Act entirely repeals the former Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 although many aspects of the new law are consistent with the former. Some major changes are as follows:
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 New Illinois Child Support Rules

Illinois’ child support guidelines will soon be brought into line with those in most other states, adopting an “income shares” model. This method of calculation, which considers both the “custodial” and “noncustodial” parents’ incomes, is designed to ensure a child receives the same proportion of parental income that he or she would have gotten if the parents had not divorced or separated.
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Changes in Family Law

Beginning January 1, 2016, the family law community experienced major changes as the Illinois Marriage & Dissolution of Marriage Act (hereinafter “Act”) has been drastically revised. If you are considering filing for divorce, or have already filed, it is important that you understand that new changes are in effect.
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