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State outside Illinois considers child custody/alimony law change

Many Illinois couples who divorce understand the parenting challenges often faced by others in similar situations. While parents agree that the best interests of their children should be kept in mind when negotiating child custody matters and similar issues, problems often arise when an attempt to define "best interests" is made.  At least one other state has recently debated legislation that would change child custody and alimony laws, bringing both praise and criticism from those who have considered the implications of newly proposed laws.

As part of the new plan, permanent alimony would no longer exist. Instead, court-ordered payments would be determined under consideration of both parents' incomes and would only last 25 to 75 percent of the duration of the former marriage. Modifications could be granted under certain circumstances, such as an income or relationship change on the part of either parent.

A man who avidly supports the new legislation said it might help others avoid many of the problems he faced when he got divorced. He was apparently disappointed to have initially been granted what he considered a very small amount of time with his kids after his divorce. The only way to get more time, he said, was to agree to pay more of the debt he and his former wife accrued during their marriage.

That man and others who support the proposed legislative changes claim it would bring consistency to the court's decision-making process so that children won't feel as though they are being bought in a child custody arrangement. Most parents want what is best for their children, even (if not especially) after a divorce. Any Illinois parent in need of guidance to resolve such legal issues can begin by contacting an experienced family law attorney for assistance.

Source: mypalmbeachpost.com, "Alimony, child-custody changes sent to Florida Gov. Scott", John Kennedy, March 8, 2016

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