Since June 1, 1997 detailed legislation has been in force controlling attorney’s fees in divorce and matrimonial law matters (cases under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act – “”IMDMA”). While there was the promise to quickly amend this legislation to address some of the significant concerns, until 2009 there were no significant amendments. Effective January 1, 2016 we have a new amendments to the fee legislation. And the same date, a rewrite of Illinois law regarding paternity went into effect – the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015. This outline will address issues unique to parentage (paternity) cases, focusing on the interplay between the IMDMA and the Parentage Act of 2015.
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