Divorce is a big decision. Even when it is the right decision, it still involves a significant change in the lives of the spouses. When children are involved, the parents are not the only ones that have to adapt to a new future. Making sure that decisions are made with the best interests of the children in mind can help both during transition and post-divorce.
Every state has a default effective date for new laws. The date generally falls a couple of months after the legislature adjourns, to give agencies a chance to write any necessary regulations and, of course, to simplify the lawmaking process; it may or may not coincide with the beginning of the state's fiscal year. In certain circumstances, the bill will take effect "immediately," as soon as the governor signs it.
A number of new laws went into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1 that relate to families and family law. One of our favorites is HB0129, the law allowing school boards all over the state to declare the first Monday of October "Take Your Parents to School Day." The objective is to foster greater parental involvement in the schools and, of course, in their children's education.