Illinois couples looking to dissolve their marriage in 2016 will find themselves
faced with a significantly new set of divorce laws. This year brings new
reforms for the state that will undoubtedly change divorce procedure,
strategies, and client goals as they face the process along with their counsel.
As WIFR reports, Illinois judges are now implementing new policies that
affect nearly every stage of the divorce process, from filing to deciding
where a parent can relocate. Perhaps in the most radical shift of all,
Illinois will no longer recognize "child custody" and will instead
accept comprehensive parenting plans from divorced parents that split
up crucial responsibilities.
The 2016 changes to Illinois divorce law include:
- Parenting plans: divorcing parents will have to submit thorough parenting
plans that divide parenting responsibilities and parenting time. The court
will keep an approved copy of this plan to refer to in the event of a
dispute between the two parents.
- Parenting information: both parents will have access to critical information
regarding their child, such as medical and school records, regardless
of what their responsibilities are according to the parenting plan.
- "Irreconcilable differences" will now be the only grounds for divorce.
- Divorced parents will now only be able to relocate 50 miles from their
- Couples will no longer have to endure a separation period of six months
before filing for a divorce.
New Changes, Longer Divorces
While the new divorce laws are aimed at creating healthier divorced families
in the long-term, there is little doubt that they will create a longer
divorce process—especially concerning the crafting and approval
of the parenting plans. "The document itself and the provisions to
the document have so many different elements to it, it's probably
going to take a little bit more time to work through all of these changes,"
17th Congressional District Associate Judge Joe Bruce told reporters,
"so I'm expecting it's going to take longer for parenting
issues to work their way through the court system."
While the new reforms are already in place and being implemented in 2016
divorce hearings, there are still coming efforts to make the divorce process
run as swiftly as possible. As WIFR reports, a group of judges and the
local bar association are both separately working on a "sample"
parenting plans that divorcing couples can reference when tackling their
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