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MaxineThe March 2018 issue of The Catalyst, the newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law, contained an article spotlighting Attorney Maxine Weiss Kunz, looking at her career, her background as a Chicagoland native, her personal life, and the story of how she founded Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC.

This article highlights the passion and dedication that Maxine brings to her work in family law, as well as her achievements and the recognition she has received, including her selection as a 2018 Super Lawyer and as one of 40 Under 40 Attorneys to Watch by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Along with her colleagues at Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, Maxine Weiss Kunz works to help clients achieve positive results in cases involving divorce, parentage, allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, child support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and adoptions. She is also a certified mediator and collaborative lawyer, and she serves as a guardian ad litem who is appointed by courts to determine children’s best interests in family law cases.


Illinois child support attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,In July 2017, a revision to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) went into effect, completely redefining the way child support is calculated when parents divorce. Gone is the simple method of the past, in which the amount of support was based only on the income of the paying parent and the number of children being supported. Illinois now uses an “income sharing” model which considers the combined income of both parents and divides support between parents based on what percentage each parent contributes to the combined income.

Child Support in Cases of Shared Physical Care

When determining child support under the new law, courts will use tables provided by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to determine the amount that parents would have spent to support their children had they not divorced, then this amount will be divided between the parents based on each parent’s percentage share of their combined income. However, in cases of shared physical care, additional calculations are required to further divide the support obligation between the parents based on the amount of parenting time each parent has with their children.


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By Amanda Oliver

timingYou are likely familiar with the old saying that “timing is everything.”  Well, in family law, like in life, that is often times true.  Decisions such as when to hire an attorney or when to file your motion can mean a sizable difference in the outcome of your case.

A great example of “timing is everything” is in the case of a “bad order.”  Often times people will be unhappy with a ruling that a Judge made in their case, but will fail to take measures to remedy it in a timely manner.  In most circumstances, a party has thirty (30) days to file a Motion to Reconsider a Court Order or a Motion to Vacate an Order that they believe was improperly reached.  Unfortunately, most parties are unfamiliar with that rule, and can get into a troublesome situation if they wait until the expiration of that thirty (30) day period before either contacting an attorney or filing the proper motion pro se.  (Note:  It is not enough to contact an attorney prior to the expiration of the thirty (30) day period.  The statute requires that the Motion be timely filed.)


By Amanda Oliver

college education expenses, Skokie child support lawyersOften times parents consider there to be an inherent “unfairness” in the fact that they are obligated to pay a portion of their child(ren)’s college education expenses when they are subject to a dissolution or paternity action, when they would not have otherwise been required to do so.

This position has been argued for years, but the result remains the same; according to 750 ILCS 5/513, “the court may award sums of money out of the property and income of either or both parties or the estate of a deceased parent, as equity may require, for the support of the child or children of the parties who have attained majority in the following instances: (2) the court may also make provision for the educational expenses of the child or children of the parties, whether of minor or majority age, and an application for educational expenses may be made before or after the child has attained majority, or after the death of either party.”

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