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Senate Bill 57 was signed into law in July 2015 and went into effect on January 1, 2016. The law completely overhauls many aspects of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, IMDMA, including child custody. Under the new law, the old way of determining sole or joint custody is demolished. When determining parental custody of the child, the court is required to allocate parental responsibilities. Although the court still considers factors discussed above when evaluating the best interests of the child, the court is required to consider other factors, including:

  • The amount of cooperation between both parents;
  • The amount of participation and involvement each parent has had in the child’s life;
  • Wishes of the child; and
  • Transportation and distance-related issues.
The most important aspect of the Senate Bill 57 is that parents will be allocated parental responsibilities, in an effort to equalize the amount of time each parent spends with the child. This prevents one parent from spending a ton of time with the child, while the other parent spends minimal amounts of time with the child, as under the current system. The new system levels the playing field for both parents because children will benefit from having an equal amount of parenting time with both parents.

Practically everyone gets married with hopes the marriage will last forever.  However, statistics reveal that 41% of first marriages end in divorce, 60% of second marriages end in divorce and 73% of third marriages end in divorce.

The attorneys at Hoffman Estates Divorce Lawyer represent clients throughout Hoffman Estates and surrounding areas.  They represent clients in all types of divorce and family law matters, including the following:

  • Divorce
  • Maintenance
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Domestic Violence
  • Orders Of Protection
  • Grandparent’s Rights

Marder and Seidler have been practicing divorce and family law in the Hoffman Estates area for 39 years.  They attend courts in Cook, DuPage Mc Henry, Kane and Lake Counties.  They support you in every stop along the way in a fair and aggressive manner.They are sensitive to your feelings and needs.

In many cases the lawyers at Marder and Seidler can successfully negotiate a settlement without the need for costly court proceedings.

If you are contemplating a divorce or have been served with papers, call Marder and Seidler today at 847-985-6767 for a free and confidential initial consultation at affordable rates.

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For more information visit their website at www.marderseidlerlaw,com