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Illinois House Considers Changes To Divorce Laws

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - A bill being proposed in the House would make significant changes to Illinois’ divorce laws.

It’s been more than 35 years since Illinois’ current divorce and child custody laws were created. The bipartisan Family Law Study Committee, chaired by family attorney Andre Katz, spent the last four years hearing from child advocates, judges, family law experts and the public before rewriting the laws to better serve families of today.

The proposed changes include:

  • No more establishing “grounds” for divorce
  • Divorce judgments issued within 60 days, 90 days under special circumstances.
  • No more so-called “heart balm” or “home-wrecking” lawsuits; spouse’s lover or fiancé can’t be sued for causing marriage/engagement breakdown
  • Child support based on both parents’ income; amount of time spent with child also considered
  • Allows (not requires) for child to spend at least 35% of time with each parent. For example, allows for long weekends with the non-custodial parent, making transitions less abrupt and disruptive for both kids and parents
  • Unique decision-making rights for non-custodial parent

A judiciary committee hearing about HB 1452 is scheduled for April 17.

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