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senate bill 57, illinois family law changes, DuPage County divorce lawyerImplemented January 1, 2016, Senate Bill 57 has brought a lot of changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). In many ways, it is meant to simplify the system, but it is nearly a complete overhaul on the law governing marriage, divorce, custody, and child support. So what do all these changes mean for your family law case in 2016? The following points explore the basics.

“Heart Balm” Actions and “Fault” Divorce

“Heart balm” actions, or civil actions brought by third parties because of a broken heart, have been eradicated by Senate Bill 57. Used to place blame for marital or couple issues, such as alienation of affection, breach of promise to marry, and “criminal conversion” (adultery), these actions were deemed outdated and potentially damaging to all involved parties by the general assembly in the Illinois Bar Law Journal.

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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

In historical practices in family law, because marriage was considered fundamental and was to be protected in any way possible, the courts required that those couples who were interested in divorcing would need to have evidence or proof that would go to the matter as to the reasoning surrounding the divorce. This was known as “grounds for divorce”, and before the divorce could be considered, the parties would have to put forth reasons, based on their partners’ misconduct, to show that there was fault behind the reason that the marriage was damaged in the first place.

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in-laws-after-divorceRelationships with in-laws can be tricky to start with, but navigating those waters during and after a divorce can bring extra tension to the situation. If you do have mutual children with your former spouse, it’s natural to want to encourage them to maintain relationships with their grandparents, but it also may put you in a tough spot to communicate with what might be your former spouse’s biggest allies. Implementing a few tips for interaction may help you work through this difficult aspect of divorce.

Encourage Positive Relationships

According to Grandparents.com and Lillian Carson, Ph.D. of the book "The Essential Grandparents' Guide to Divorce: Making a Difference in the Family," that children who have relationships with their grandparents should continue to enjoy time with them in as similar-as-possible environments to that of pre-divorce.

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