Kane County Divorce Attorney Authors Maintenance (Alimony) Chapter in Illinois Family Law Book

Matthew G. Shaw was published in Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, outlining the alimony/maintenance review, including the new alimony laws coming into effect 1/1/15.

St. Charles lawyer Matthew Shaw

December 19, 2014

A St. Charles divorce law firm proudly announces that Matthew G. Shaw has authored a chapter in Strategies for Family Law in Illinois, by Aspatore, a Thomson Reuters Business. Shaw wrote the chapter entitled, Maintenance (Alimony) Review: Jurisdiction, Procedure, Statutory Standards, and Factors.

Shaw's contribution to the publication is especially timely and important as Illinois has passed new maintenance guidelines into law, which will take effect January 1, 2015. The new public act (P.A. 98-0961) drastically changes how spousal maintenance is determined for divorcing couples with a combined gross income less than $250,000. The new guidelines include a formula for calculating maintenance utilizing the gross income of the parties and the length of the marriage. Shaw recently presented at the 2014 David Peskind Memorial Family Law Seminar regarding maintenance/alimony and these new guidelines.

St. Charles divorce lawyer Matthew G. Shaw has helped family law clients in Illinois since 1986. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1986 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois College in 1983.

Shaw's courtroom and trial experience enabled him to become a well-respected author/lecturer in the local and national legal communities. He has authored articles published by the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law newsletter and the Kane County Bar Association Bar Briefs. He also wrote chapters of the Illinois Family Law Handbook (1995 and 2011 editions). Additionally, Shaw presented at numerous family law seminars in the state of Illinois and across the U.S.

Shaw is an active member within the local legal community. Beginning in 1991, he has served periodically as a Member of the Family Law Section Counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association. Shaw was the Kane County Bar Association's Family Law Committee Chair (2008-2010). On March 28, 2003, Shaw testified before the Illinois Supreme Court Custody Committee regarding proposed custody legislation on behalf of the ISBA Family Law Section Council Custody subcommittee.

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