The phrase allocation of parenting time and responsibility has replaced the terms custody and visitation since the modification to Illinois child custody law in 2016. The purpose of the change was to represent parenting time and responsibility as a spectrum, rather than a one-dimensional term. Now, parenting time and decision-making privileges have nothing to do with which person is the custodial or non-custodial parent.
Once an appropriate amount for child support is set by the court, each parent’s portion of the obligation must be designated. Typically, this is determined by the parents’ relative incomes. The larger the difference in income between the obligor and obligee, the more the obligor is likely to pay in child support. The change from a fixed-rate model to an income shares model affects each case differently. Spouses with similar incomes will likely receive less in child support under the new law.
Most married couples own their home through joint tenancy with rights of survivorship or tenancy by the entirety, which for our purposes boils down to the same thing: when one of the owners dies, the surviving owner will automatically take over the deceased owner’s ownership interest. If you own your home in joint tenancy with right of survivorship, you will automatically have the right to sell your home without taking any further action to transfer the property into your individual name prior to sale.