In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level. There are several federal statutes related to protecting minors from sexual predators, but laws regarding specific age requirements for sexual consent are left to individual states , District of Columbia , and territories. Depending on the jurisdiction, the legal age of consent ranges from age 16 to age In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.
Here are some of the major changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that have taken effect this year:. As of January 1, , maintenance is no longer tax-deductible to the payor spouse, and no longer includable in the gross income of the recipient spouse. The Illinois child support statute was amended to align with the federal tax law changes concerning maintenance, and to create uniformity with the new Illinois maintenance statute outlined above. An order for maintenance may be modified or terminated only upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances. The court may grant a petition for modification that seeks to apply the changes made to Section by these amendments to an order entered before the effective date of these amendments only upon a finding of a substantial change in circumstances that warrants application of the changes.
Domestic violence is a crime. Any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken Illinois Domestic Violence law. Under Illinois law family or household members are defined as:. Orders of protection An order of protection is a court order which restricts an abuser and only is available to family or household members.
By Jessica Gillespie. In Illinois, people who engage in consensual sexual activity with children under the age of 18 can be convicted of statutory rape also called sexual abuse or sexual assault. People who engage in engage in sexual contact with other people of any age without their consent may face charges for sex crimes or assault. Sexual activity with children is also made criminal under child enticement laws. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse.