For many divorce parents, child support ends when their child graduates from high school and turns 18. However, Illinois law provides that one or both parents may be required to continue supporting a disabled adult child. A petition for ongoing support may be filed when a child is mentally or physically disabled and not otherwise…Read More
February 7, Attorney Michael Strauss testified before a committee of the Illinois House of Representatives regarding House Bill 4113 that deals with the best interest of the child concerning parenting time with each parent.
Congratulations to Attorney Michael Strauss who has been chosen to receive the 2018 Access to Justice Award. This award is presented to a Lake County Bar Association member who has provided or supported legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services….Read More
Attorney Michael Strauss has been asked by the legislative director of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) to testify before a legislative committee of the Illinois House of Representatives concerning a proposed amendment to the statute dealing with what was called ‘custody’ and is now called an ‘allocation of parental responsibility’. The date is February…Read More
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 signed into law last month will change the tax treatment of alimony payments for couples divorcing after December 31, 2018. Currently, the payor of alimony deducts spousal maintenance payments from their taxes and the recipient claims the amount received as income. The arrangement, as it stands, benefits…Read More
All too often, an individual will seek a divorce or separation because they are victims of domestic violence or other types of abuse, sometimes fueled by alcohol or substance abuse. When children are involved, supervised child visitation may be ordered by the court to facilitate contact between a parent who has exhibited these behaviors, and…Read More
A new Illinois law effective January 1, 2018 will allow a judge to decide who will get the family pet in a divorce. Currently, pets such as dogs and cats are treated like any other property to be divvied up in a property settlement agreement. However, the new Illinois law seeks to treat pets less…Read More
Unfortunately, parents do not always provide needed support for their children following a divorce. It may be that they are having difficulty making ends meet, but sometimes it is an intentional effort to escape financial responsibility. Fortunately, the courts are getting wise to the shenanigans that some parents pull so that the best interests of…Read More
On December 8, 2017, Attorney Michael Strauss attended a meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, to which he is a secretary. Michael also attended an emergency meeting to address a rewrite of the maintenance and child support statutes due to the new potential tax laws. December 9th, Attorney Gary Schlesinger…Read More
We are proud to announce that attorney Michael S. Strauss has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois Family Law. Michael’s Leading Lawyers selection is a distinction that is earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.