By now many Illinoisans are aware that, come January 1, 2016, family law in Illinois is getting a substantial makeover. “Legal custody” is one familiar legal principle that is being overhauled as part of the legislature’s expansive effort to have Illinois’s family and domestic relations law reflect twenty-first century realities. It remains to be seen, however, if the changes to how a court determines legal custody will benefit Illinois families or whether it will further complicate already-challenging custody determinations.
Once a minor is emancipated, he or she cannot revert to un-emancipated status. As a legal adult, the young man or woman is no longer entitled to parental support and will not be except for in rare circumstances. In these cases, the court may require the parents to continue to partially support the young man or woman, but generally, emancipation means the termination of the parents’ financial obligation to their child.