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Articles on Divorce

Breaking Up Is Harder to Do

By Nancy Chausow Shafer and Margaret A. Bennett
December
2018
Article
Page 28
A new maintenance formula, the repeal of the alimony deduction, and other changes that divorcing couples and their attorneys need to know.

A Separate Peace

By Rhys Saunders
September
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
New Illinois Supreme Court rule provides a clean split between clients and their attorneys in a failed collaborative divorce process.

Parenting-time proposals shift focus from children to parents, critics say

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Among other changes, controversial proposed legislation would impose a rebuttable presumption in favor of a 50/50 split in parenting time.

Name change provided for in dissolution of marriage

April
2018
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is amended and provides that the court order in a dissolution of marriage shall contain a provision authorizing the person to resume use of his or her former or maiden name, should he or she choose to do so.

New factors used in calculating maintenance award duration

April
2018
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is amended to adjust the minimum threshold for certain maintenance provisions and the factors used in calculating maintenance duration.

From the Newsletters - Effective January 1, courts must take pet well-being into account in divorce.

By Alicia Hill Ruiz
February
2018
Article
Page 43
The stakes for "pet custody" decisions are higher now that a new law requires judges to "take into consideration the well-being of the companion animal."

From the Newsletters - Transfer the marital home during, not after, divorce.

By Adam Whiteman
February
2018
Article
Page 42
It's in each party's interest to wrap up property issues during the divorce and not wait till after, when things can get a lot more complicated.

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