The 2022-23 version of Gitlin on Divorce: A Guide to Illinois Family Law is now available.
By way of background, from 2015 to 2019 nearly all of Illinois statutory law has changed. These changes include:
- 2015: Original maintenance guidelines.
- 2016: 8-year process of updating Illinois family law saw its conclusion with:
- Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) Rewrite;
- New parentage act–the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 (effective 1/1/16);
- 1/1/2017: The Technical Corrections Act to the Rewrite to the IMDMA (companion animals and name change as part of divorce judgment).
- 7/1/2017: Income shares for child support.
- 2018: Maintenance guidelines amendments including more granular approach to presumptive lengths of maintenance and other changes.
- 2019: Major rewrite to the maintenance guidelines.
Statutory Changes 2021. We also had a host of statutory changes in 2021. The key 2021 and 2022 amendments that are now integrated into the 5th Edition of Gitlin on Divorce are:
- Technical changes made to the IMDMA based on case law (Pub. Act 102-349);
- Court-ordered retainers based upon an affidavit (102-480);
- *A host of changes to the child support health insurance provisions within § 505.2 (Pub. Act 102-87);
- *New law addressing temporary relocation (Pub. Act 102-143);
- “Hope Cards” in domestic violence cases;
- New law regarding foreseeability involving modification of child support and maintenance obligations
Now that the dust has started to settle, we seeing a wave of appellate court cases attempt to make sense of the meaning of the wholesale changes to Illinois family law. The newest version of Gitlin on Divorce: A Guide to Illinois Family Law incorporates all of the significant changes in the statutory law and includes all of the important cases.
Important developments in 2019-20 involved modification of child support and maintenance.
2022 5th Edition. The 2022-23 version of the book represents a complete Rewrite in order to make the book more accessible and better relate to your day-to-day practice.