Illinois Divorce Planning. The Illinois General Assembly has passed a major update to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). If signed by the Governor, the new IMDMA will offer many positive changes for divorcing couples in Illinois.
Divorce DebtResolving Divorce Debt Issues Through Mediation One of the most difficult issues for divorcing couples in Illinois is how to handle the debt that has been accumulated during the marriage. It is definitely not as simple as “handing it off” to one party or the other.
Is Adultery Relevant In Illinois Divorces? Illinois couples dealing with adultery should know that it is not used in an Illinois divorce court except in very specific circumstances. In other words, it’s often not relevant unless there are children involved or funds are being used to support the affair.
Will Your Postnuptial Agreement Stand Up In Court? Illinois couples creating a postnuptial–similar to a prenuptial or premarital–agreement should carefully develop this document to ensure it will be valid and enforceable in the event of a divorce.
As of January 1, 2016, Illinois will be streamlining the specific grounds one can use to plead for divorce. This won’t negate the valid reasons that bring couples to divorce planning, only the way in which a divorce attorney can present them in court.
The courts generally favor a decision of joint custody for minor children in divorce cases, yet this is not always the best outcome for the children. A divorce involving children is difficult, please contact me to learn how family mediation can help you make the best decisions for your family.