In Illinois, is property acquired after separation marital or non-marital property?

Parties almost always separate and begin pursuing separate lives before they even file for divorce.  Often, the parties will then believe that a “line in the sand” has been drawn where their earnings are no longer the property of their spouse as well. 750 ILCS 5/503 governs what happens with this property in a marriage…

How do I calculate child support?

  Effective July 1, 2017, courts in the State of Illinois implemented changes to how child support is to be calculated. Going forward, child support obligations will be calculated using something called the “Income Shares Method”. The formula no longer uses a straight percentage to calculate income. Instead, it calculates child support incorporating both the…

In Illinois, how can I change my parenting time or visitation?

If there is no previous order you can file a Motion To Enter an Allocation of Parenting Responsibilities and Parenting Time. The court will consider what parenting time (formerly called visitation) you should be awarded based on the best interests of the child. If an order for parenting time or visitation already exists, you cannot…

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all the terminology presumably so that parents would no longer feel unequal with emotionally charged terms…

What is…

What is Discovery? Discovery is the process through which attorneys, prior to a trial, obtain information about a case they will be involved in. They usually do this through such actions as sending and receiving series of questions (called Interrogatories) and their answers to and from the other parties, sending and receiving relevant documents (called…