Effective January 1, 2016 Illinois law regarding divorce, custody, visitation, alimony (properly called maintenance under the law) and child support underwent a major overhaul. Over the course of the next few posts we will attempt to address, at least in short format, some of the more salient and underlying changes. The law as written required significant amendments to the Intergovernmental Missing Child Recovery Act of 1984, the Criminal Code, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, the Illinois Probate Act and several others. The fact is that the issues and legal ramifications of divorce run across the entire spectrum of possible legal issues and as comprehensive rewrite as this latest incarnation of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act impacts them all. A very basic aspect that was amended starting this year was the elimination of grounds for divorce. Moving forward divorce will be on the basis of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The time frames for filing have been reduced so that parties seeking an uncontested divorce (meaning they have agreed on its terms and conditions) need not wait any time period prior to filing. Parties who are not in agreement have a six month wait period (down from the previous two year period).