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Pensions And Divorce

In December, 2013, Illinois lawmakers approved legislation designed to remedy the underfunded pension system that has contributed to the State of Illinois’ debt problem. This new legislation is to take effect in June, 2014, but pending lawsuits may delay the commencement. Multiple groups have filed class action lawsuits over the new legislation arguing that the new law violates the constitution of the State of Illinois that says pension benefits may not be diminished. Many State retirees argue that they should not have to pay the price to solve a problem created by the State not funding the pension system appropriately despite the workers having paid their requisite shares.

Given that pensions acquired during a marriage are marital in nature, this new legislation can have an impact on a person’s future financial security. If a person waives his or her right to a spousal pension, or accepts a lump sum buyout, this new legislation may be detrimental to one or both parties given the current level of uncertainty. It is important that a person going through divorce proceedings in Illinois seek representation to ensure that his or her rights are protected, not just at the time of the divorce, but in the future as well.

There are many issues to consider when a person is facing divorcein Illinoisthat will impact his or her financial security. To learn more about how to effectively plan for your post-divorce future, contact the attorneys at Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC today.