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Changes in Child Support Calculations in Illinois, Divorce, Family Law Going through a divorce is a very personal and difficult process. It not only involves the law, but finances and family as well. One of the  most contentious issues when a couple is going through a divorce is child support. Who is going to pay what to help support the needs of any children involved in the divorce? Under the existing Illinois law, child support is calculated based on a certain minimum percentage of the non-residential parent’s net income, regardless of the income of the primary residential parent. The non-residential is the parent who does not have have the majority of decision-making responsibilities or parenting time with his or her child by order of the court. The calculations produced by the law for child support  did not match the needs of the children or reflect accurately the amount of assets the non-residential parent had available. 

What Has Changed?

The new law set to take effect in July 2017 changes the way that the court calculates the amount of money the non-residential party must pay in child support. The calculation is different in that the new law will use an income sharing model.  Potential variables that may be used under the new law include that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will develop specialized economic tables. These tables will calculate the amount of assets that will be used for child support based on cost of living and the number of children. This is different from the current law which tells courts to base the calculation on a non-residential parent’s net income. The new law tells the courts that the calculation will be based on each parent’s proportional responsibility to fund the child or children’s care relative to the income each parent has. 


Calculating the Cost of Sever Spinal InjuriesSuffering a catastrophic injury to your spine is a life-altering event. The immediate treatment and long-term effects can take a physical and mental toll on you. It may be hard to put a monetary value on how much a spinal injury will cost you, but you should have an idea if you are seeking legal compensation from the party at fault for the injury.

Immediate Cost

The initial medical fees often are the most expensive part of a spinal injury. Treatment can require surgery, prolonged hospital stays, rehabilitation and use of medical equipment such as wheelchairs. A study found that the average first-year cost for a patient who loses any level of motor function is more that $300,000. The first-year cost escalates, depending on the severity of the injury, including:


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Divorce mediation is a serious process that must be treated as such. When you are getting ready for mediation in a divorce case, you have to take the time to prepare for the process. This is a multi-step process that can take some time, so be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get things ready before the first session.

You should get your financial records in order. This includes getting copies of anything that has to do with finances, including copies of debts and assets. For debts, get copies of paperwork that shows the balances and monthly payments that must be made. For the assets, you need to have current statements. This would be the case for retirement accounts, bank accounts and similar assets.

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In the past couple of blog posts, we discussed some of the different things that can come into the picture during the property division process of a divorce. If you recall, we briefly touched on how you and your ex might be able to work together to determine how things are divided. This is done through divorce mediation, and we can help you as you go through that process.

Some people who are going through a divorce are concerned about the mediation process. In actuality, this process doesn't have to be too difficult. The biggest thing that you have to remember is that being willing to compromise can make all of the difference in the process.

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Property that is acquired from the date of the marriage through the date of the separation is considered marital property. While there are a few exceptions to this, they aren't present in every situation. A recent case in Cook County shows just how the interpretation of the law can have an impact on how cases are handled.

The case has to do with a settlement that a man received due to being wrongfully incarcerated. He and a woman dated while he was incarcerated. They got married in October of 2000. Throughout the time they were together, the woman fought to prove his innocence.

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