On January 1, 2017, a new law will go into effect in Illinois with a section that specifically addresses the parentage of children of assisted reproduction. Public Act 099-0763 amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) and the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 clarifying certain sections which lawmakers felt were needed after last year’s major overhaul of both Acts.
Children of Assisted Reproduction
Over the past few years, there have been several high-profile legal cases regarding child custody and parental responsibility regarding children of assisted reproduction. Under the new measure, any individual who is an intended parent is the legal parent of any resulting child. The new law clearly specifies legal parentage and responsibility as follows: