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b2ap3_thumbnail_temporary-orders-of-protection-DuPage-County-.jpgDomestic violence is a crime, and any individual who is a victim of hitting, choking, kicking, threats, or harassment by a family member or household member has a legal right to protection. 

In August 2016, State Senator Julie Morrison passed House Bill 6109—a plan to establish a pilot program that would allow individuals to electronically file petitions for temporary orders of protection. Morrison felt that temporary orders of protection should be made accessible and available to protect anyone from further abuse. The new law became effective January 1, 2017 and amends the Illinois Domestic Violence Act that was created in 1986.

One of the main goals of House Bill 6109 is to eliminate the barriers that domestic violence victims face. Previously, a victim of domestic violence had to appear in a civil court to file a petition for an order of protection.

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DuPage County family law attorney, Employee Sick Leave ActOn January 1, several new laws went into effect in Illinois. Certain ones may prove beneficial to you and your family—i.e. the Employee Sick Leave Act—especially if you are the custodial parent of your children or are responsible for caring for a close family member.

What is the Employee Sick Leave Act: In summary, the Employee Sick Leave Act states that an employee is allowed to use his or her personal sick leave benefits, provided by his or her employer, for illness, injury, or for a medical appointment for his or her child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent. All Illinois employers who provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees are covered by the act.

How the new law changes the old law: Changes to the Employee Sick Leave Act now have the ability to eliminate the short or long-term disability plan known as the "personal sick leave benefits." The law also states that places of employment which have policies that provide the required leave do not have to modify the policies which are already put into place. The last action taken on this bill was August 19, 2016, when it was sent to the house. 

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Beginning July 1, 2017, a number of updates to child support law in the state of Illinois will go into effect. Illinois will join 39 states that follow an Income Shares model of child support. The new law—House Bill 3982 which was passed by the Illinois House and Senate and signed by Governor Rauner—will impact how child support is paid and how those payments are calculated. Moreover, these changes will take into consideration a parent’s additional expenses and parenting time.

How HB 3982 Will Affect Specifics

With the passage of the new house bill, courts will be able to order parents to contribute to their child’s expenses such as after school activities, health insurance, and other additional expenses. Although the current statute, in general, states that courts may order parents to contribute to these expenses, HB 3982 gives further guidance as to the expenses that fall under each category and how these expenses should be considered regarding each parent’s child support obligation.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_college-expenses-DuPage-County.jpgGoing through a divorce can be costly, and one expense that can further put a dent in your bank account is the addition of your child’s college expenses. In Illinois, the judge of your court case has the ability to order one or both parents to pay for the college expenses of their children. Therefore, if you find yourself in this situation when going through a divorce, you and the other parent should try to best determine who will pay for various expenses, with the help of a lawyer in family court. A family law attorney can assist with these issues while explaining your rights and obligations.

Illinois College Expense Choices

In Illinois, there is no law in place that decides which parent should be in charge of paying for certain college expenses. Ultimately, the decision is up to the family court judge. Moreover, when it comes time for the judge to make his or her choice, he or she must consider multiple factors with regard to awarding parental schooling expenses.

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DuPage County family law attorney, filing taxes after your divorce

A number of changes occur when going through a divorce, including how you file your taxes. Several questions may arise, and including the correct information on your tax forms is essential. Therefore, it is important to know how to manage your taxes as mistakes could prove costly if you do not have the right information.

Know the Status in Which You Are Filing

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