Author: Beth Tabor

New Federal Tax Law Eliminates Deduction for Maintenance Payments for Agreements Signed After December 31, 2018

As with all hurridly drafted and passsed legislation, often there are included provisions with enormous impact that receive little public discussion.  This is true of the federal tax reform bill awaiting signature by President Trump.  The new law will eliminate the tax deduction for payment of maintenance.  Maintenance will remain income to the recipient.  I […]

More maintenance changes coming

Yet more changes are coming to computing maintenance, formerly known as alimony, in Illinois. NOTE – THIS LAW IS NOW EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018.  The original effective date was June 1, 2018.  Public Act 100-0520 amends the existing maintenance portions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  Currently, the maintenance “formula” applies to […]

An Overview of Income Shares

Computing child support in Illinois changed effective July 1, 2017.  The “income shares” approach uses both parent’s income to determine a base child support amount, and then allocates that support amount between the parties, depending on each party’s percentage share of the total income.  For the parent with whom the child/children reside, the law presupposes […]

Beware the pitfalls of social media

Expressing your opinion, no matter how ill-founded, obnoxious, or just plain wrong, short of making a substantial threat, is a constitutionally protected right. This right generally extends to social media postings. All is well and good, until a once idyllic relationship breaks down, and the parties play out the details in public. All too often, […]

Income Shares Coming Soon

In July 2017, Illinois will drastically change the method by which family courts determine child support.  Traditionally, one spouse, the one with whom the minor child or children do not primarily reside, was ordered to pay support based on a computation using his or her income.  The resources of the parent with whom the minor […]

Pet Parenting Time in Illinois – Coming Soon?

“Pets are property,” is a long-established court holding Did you know that Illinois currently ranks #1 in animal protection laws?  Our bankrupt, dysfunctional state actually gets at least one thing right.  Further, notably, Alaska recently amended its divorce statutes to require courts to take “into consideration the well-being of the animal,” as well as giving […]