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By: tompmiller | November 06, 2017

As of July 1, 2017, courts across Illinois have been calculating child support in a completed different way than they have for decades. No longer is child support a straight percentage of the non-custodial parent's net income. To determine child support, we have to know how much each parent earns and how many overnights each parent has with their child(ren).

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) comes up with amounts that a child costs to raise, depending on the parents' total incomes. HFS also creates an online calculator to determine child support. As long as you are willing to use the standard tax rates assumed by the calculator, you can plug in both parties' incomes to receive the rate of child support.

However, ...

By: tompmiller | June 21, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, Illinois will move to an Income Shares method of calculating child support. This means that the old method of calculating the non-custodial parent's net income and requiring that parent to pay child support of 20% of that net income for one child, 28% for 2 children, 32% for 3 children, etc., will no long apply. Instead, child support will be calculated under the new method.

First, lets assume a "standard" arrangement: there is a minor child who will primarily reside with one parent and the other parent will have parenting time that is substantially less than the "residential" parent's time with the child. The non-residential parent will pay child support to the residential parent based on both par...

By: tompmiller | June 12, 2017

Effective June 1, 2014, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act granted same sex couples "equal access to marriage," in particular: (a) all laws of this State applicable to marriage, shall apply equally to marriage of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children, and (b) parties to a marriage and their children, regardless of whether the marriage consists of a same-sex or different-sex couple, shall have the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under law. 750 ILCS 80/10.

The term, "all laws" is obviously, all inclusive, and therefore, a same-sex couple has absolutely equal footing with a different-sex couple under Illinois law. This means that same-sex couples can marry, adopt, separate and di...

By: tompmiller | April 25, 2017

When dividing an Illinois pension plan, such as SURS, TRS, SRS or MEABF, the Illinois QDRO form, or the QILDRO form, is the starting point. The language of the order, the QILDRO is prescribed by statute. Your QILDRO must have the language in the statute.

To make things easier most Plan Administrators of pension plans subject to Illinois state law have created their own QILDRO forms or templates. If an Illinois QDRO form for the particular plan exists, it should be used. Which provisions on the QILDRO form are chosen, whether amounts or percentages are used, depends on the language of the Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.

If you are in a divorce proceeding, it is a good idea to review the relevant QILDRO template for the type of language t...

By: tompmiller | May 18, 2016

All. That's  the short answer, but also a nearly complete answer. If you are considering a divorce in Illinois, or a premarital agreement or a postnuptial agreement, you can mediate. You can mediate all prenuptial agreement issues. If you are married and trying to save a marriage or protect assets, you can submit all postnuptial agreement issues to mediation.

What about in the event of a dissolution of marriage? You may have heard that only custody and visitation (now termed, parental responsibilities and parenting time) can be mediated. While courts in Cook, DuPage and surrounding counties will only appoint a mediator for these issues, you can choose to mediate financial issues as well. Child support, maintenance, property (asset and debt) ...