The 2023-24 version of Gitlin on Divorce: A Guide to Illinois Family Law will be available in August 2023.
Statutory Changes 2015-19. Note that 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 have seen a wave of appellate court cases attempt to make sense 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.
2022 5th Edition. The 2022-23 version of the book represents a complete Rewrite to make the book more accessible and better relate to your day-to-day practice.
2023 First Update to the Fifth Edition. The 2023 update completes the work on the book’s rewrite while including 30 cases critical to an understanding of how Illinois family law has evolved in light of the host of changes to our statutory scheme.