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modifying child support

What is a “Substantial Change in Circumstances” for Modifying Child Support or Maintenance?

Anyone under an obligation to pay child support or maintenance has probably heard the phrase “substantial change in circumstances.” This is the standard typically required to get a modification of support or maintenance unless the order is able to be reviewed for other reasons, such as a certain amount of time that has passed since …

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changes to Illinois Maintenance laws

2019 Changes to Illinois Maintenance Laws

Starting January 1, 2019, the Illinois maintenance guidelines are undergoing changes that may impact your pending divorce.  Under both the current and new maintenance guidelines, the law sets out certain calculations to be used in determining the amount of maintenance. These calculations apply when the gross annual income of both parties is less than $500,000.00 …

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pay for college

Can I Be Required to Pay for College and Post-Minority Support After My Divorce?

Is Post-Minority Support Unconstitutional? Divorcing with college-age children may lead to the inevitable question of who will pay for college expenses of the child. In Illinois, Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act controls this question. Section 513 provides that the Court may require either party to contribute to the educational …

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Best Interests of the Children

How Are the “Best Interests of the Children” Determined?

When a couple with children decides to get divorced, the first question is usually: how will it affect the children? In most cases, everyone wants what’s best for the children, including the court, but what, exactly, does that mean? And how does a court determine what’s in the best interests of the children? Ideally, the …

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