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Family Law

b2ap3_thumbnail_disabled-child.jpgThroughout the United States, it is required across the board that all parents have an obligation and duty to care for their children while the children are under the parents’ care. Part of that obligation and duty extends to all parents, not just the custodial ones, where regardless of the relationship that the noncustodial parent has with the child, there is a requirement that the child’s welfare be paid for. Child support was one way to ensure that regardless of the involvement of parents, children (in theory) would have the basic necessities to thrive, even if there is only one parent around.

No Parental Obligation throughout All 50 States to Support Adult Children with a Disability

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b2ap3_thumbnail_parental-relocation.jpgAfter a divorce, the parties involved finally feel they are able to focus on who they are as individuals, now that the couple has ended. Largely, the shift from a couple to an individual creates a sense of renewal, and for many divorcees it may mean buying a new car, getting a new job, or moving to a new town (largely to put a little distance between the ex-spouses). Parental relocation can have significant effects on the children who are caught in between the life they once had as a child of the couple, and now the child of two individuals. Relocation can have a negative impact on children as not only are they dealing with the major life change of their parents separating and not living under the same home, but relocation could mean a new home, a different community, a different school, and new friends.

The Amendment to Parental Relocation

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b2ap3_thumbnail_parental-responsibility.jpgChild custody has been one of the sections of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) that has changed throughout the last several decades. This is because gender roles and responsibilities have shifted, thereby shifting the conventional understanding that it is the mother’s responsibility to care for the children, and the father’s responsibility to support the family financially. Today, there is an increasing trend towards co-parenting, especially when a divorce has been issued; the emergence of stay-at-home dads and the studies that show that two parents is better than one have led to the revolution of the joint custody. No longer is it the presumption that it is in the best interest of the child to have his/her mother as the custodian, but studies have shown that a child is significantly less affected by the divorce and its impact when both parents remain active in the child’s life.

Move from Joint Custody to Co-Parenting Responsibilities and Decisionmaking

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b2ap3_thumbnail_grounds-for-divorce.jpgWith the adoption of the updated version of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), the Illinois General Assembly and its appointed Illinois Family Law Study Committee amended the many of the sections of the IMDMA to reflect cultural norms and trends that are pervasive in today’s modern family lifestyle. The amendments to IMDMA overhauled how the courts understand divorce, child custody, alimony, among other things.

Grounds For Divorce: The Once-Traditional Pathway to Divorce

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Parentage-Act.jpgThe field of family law is changing in Illinois. The House and Senate have passed numerous amendments to current laws to reflect the ever changing dynamics of family law, especially as the United States is showing a significant departure from traditional family units in favor of more varied family make-ups. The nuclear family has changed and the law has been slow to keep up, but finally is reflecting the new social norms in the family arena.

One of the major amendments to family law is the update and redrafting of the Parentage Act of 1984. With it being more than 30 years since its initial passage, the law has been in significant need of a reboot, especially with same-sex parents now becoming part of the new normal. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed the Parentage Act of 2015, and is currently waiting for the governor’s signature.

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