A couple of weeks ago, a previous post on this blog discussed a number of proposed family law changes contained in Senate Bill 57. At the time, the legislation was pending and having passed the Illinois House and Senate, was awaiting the signature of Governor Bruce Rauner. To that point, there had been little indication of the governor’s intention regarding the bill, but last week, Governor Rauner ended all speculation over his decision by signing the measure into law. Illinois residents must now prepare for fairly significant updates to many of the state’s family law provisions.
Throughout the legislative process, the law was sponsored by 10th District State Senator John Mulroe, and sought to bring state statutes more in line with evolving family needs. Many of the state's existing family-related laws have remained in place, virtually untouched, for nearly 4 decades, a period of time which includes nearly two full demographic generations. Now known as Public Act 99-0090, the new law is set to take effect on January 1, 2016, but there are some things to consider in the meantime.
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With so many changes forthcoming (again, you can click here to read our previous post on some of the more significant amendments), it is important to learn how they may affect your specific situation. If you are already divorced, are subject to a child custody or visitation order, or are paying child support, the new law probably will not impact you immediately. Future modifications or updates to your applicable orders will need to be in compliance, but, for now, your current requirements will remain in force.
However, if you are considering divorce or a change to a child-related matter, you should speak with a qualified family law attorney right away. Keep in mind, though, that the updates to the law are new for everyone, lawyers and judges included, and it may take some time for the courts to become accustomed to considering cases under the new provisions. Your attorney can help you decide whether to push forward with your legal concerns now, under the existing laws, or to wait until the changes take effect.
Trusted Legal Counsel in Kane County
At Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., we are ready to help you and your family work through marriage, divorce, and child-related concerns of all kinds. Even now, our dedicated legal professionals are quickly becoming familiar with the new law so that we are fully prepared to protect your best interests whenever we may be need. When you have questions, contact an experienced St. Charles family law attorney. We will meet with you, review your case, and help you find the answers you need for all your family law issues. Call 630-377-7770 to schedule a consultation today.