New Divorce Laws in Illinois

As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage was written with significant modifications. We are going to be taking a look at these over the next several posts, but the question addressed today is "Which cases do these new laws apply to?" The new law is quite specific of when it is applicable. 

First of all, it will apply to all divorce petitions and cases filed after the rewrite became effective, January 1, 2016. However, it will also apply to divorce cases filed before January 1, 2016, which are not yet resolved, meaning that if the case is still active as of January 1, 2016, and no judgment for dissolution has been entered prior to that date, the new legislation will apply. Finally, it will also apply to post judgment matters filed after January 1, 2016, even if the original judgement was entered under the old law. These post judgment matters usually apply to modification of support, maintenance, or custody.

It is important to have an experienced divorce attorney on your side who understands these laws. Contact the attorneys at Zaba Law Group, PC with any questions.

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