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Changes to Illinois divorce and child custody laws coming in 2016


For a couple in Illinois, the end of a marriage can be a difficult time. This is especially true if there is also a child custody dispute. Amid all the different factors that will arise, the law is often forgotten as if it is a minor inconvenience. But because a divorce and child custody battle are subject to the law in the state, it is important to understand how the state treats these issues. In 2016, there will be changes to the way in which Illinois courts are going to deal with a divorce and child custody.

In 2016, child custody as it was previously known will no longer exist. In the new year, there will not be "custody" in the state of Illinois. Rather, the couple who is divorcing will need to share the parenting responsibilities. The couple will share or divide the decision making process when it comes to the child's religion, medical care, education and extracurricular activities. A plan will have to be organized so that if there is a disagreement, a judge can look at the plan and make certain there is not a long, drawn-out dispute.

A child custody agreement will have to have stipulations regarding the medical information of the child, the school records, and other factors that inevitably arise when a couple is no longer together and shares custody of a child. Although the amount of time that these cases take is expected to increase, the changes are meant to further the best interests of the child.

When it comes to divorce legal issues, the couple will no longer have to separate for a minimum of six months before filing for divorce. In addition, the only reason that is needed is one of irreconcilable differences. When it comes to moving with a child, a parent can now move a maximum of 50 miles rather than anywhere in Illinois. These new laws will come into effect on January 1, 2016. Because divorce can be a difficult issue to deal with, the new laws make it all the more imperative to have legal help from an experienced attorney.

Source: wifr.com, "Divorce and Custody Laws to Change in 2016," Mike Buda, Dec. 17, 2015

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