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New Child Support Statute Takes Effect This Summer

Four months from now, we will all be enjoying sunshine, warm weather, our beautiful beaches and of course, the Chicago Cubs. But for those going through a divorce, July could bring changes that are more significant than the weather.

The new Illinois child support statute (Public Act 99-764) takes effect in July of 2017, and will undoubtedly change child support obligations for Illinois parents.

New Rule Requires Mediation For Financial Issues

For as long as I can remember, when it comes to custody issues in a divorce case, Cook County law has always required parties to mediate these issues.  Now, Cook County is doing the same for financial issues.  The Rule allows Courts to order litigants to mediation on financial issues.

Why the change?  There is a logjam of divorce cases which delays divorce cases from resolution.  Mediation not only saves clients time and money, but it improves efficiency in our Court system.

I Want That On The Record

For the record, put that on the record, we need that to be on the record, I don’t want that on the record, we need to make a record, and other references to the almost mythical “record” come up in every divorce case.

Despite continuous references to the record, rarely is the record clearly understood by the client. As outlined below, the record takes on many forms and is not found in any one location. The record is never any one thing but neither is it all things it might be assumed to be.

Tips For Staying Healthy And Mindful During The Divorce Process

Like death, loss of employment or relocation, a divorce is a major upheaval in a person’s life.  It is finality that a person may or may not be ready for but is forced to deal with regardless.  Stress on the body and mind during the divorce process is inevitable. Therefore, how a person manages his or her stress is crucial to weathering the process with a positive outlook towards the future.  Below are valuable tips for staying healthy and mindful during the divorce process.

What Happens AFTER The Divorce? Tips On Preventing Post-Decree Litigation

You went to court; the Judge took your testimony; and a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage was entered. You think the horrific experience of going through a divorce is finally over, but you and your ex-spouse continue to have difficulty working together on issues that you thought were resolved. You are constantly arguing over issues related to money and the children. How is this different than when you were together?!

Tips On Dating During Divorce

It is a question I am asked often during divorce proceedings:  Can I date during my divorce?

My answer is, of course! A new love interest can serve as a welcome distraction  during a very rough time in your life. But, there are some things you need to know about dating during divorce that could affect you, your children, and of course, your divorce case.