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2016 Changes to Child Custody in Illinois

Did you know that Illinois has made some major changes in the statutes regarding child custody?

Here are some of the changes to be aware of:

  • We no longer use the term child custody in Illinois. It is now called "Allocation of Parental Responsibilities."
  • You can now move 25 miles from your child's current residence even if it is another State if you reside in Lake Co.
  • We no longer use the term "visitation" we call this "parenting time."
  • In the past parenting time was more limited to the non-custodial parent.  Today the courts are leaning towards more parenting time for both parents.

These are just a few of the changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissoluton of Marriage Act that was revised in January of 2016.  This is a complete revision of the former laws relating to child custody and I highly recommend that if you are currently involved in a child custody matter or divorce that you seek the advice of a competent attorney.  I am an experienced family law attorney and would be happy to discuss these matters with you.

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