Publications

Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From H. Joseph Gitlin

Predicting Maintenance Awards By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2013 Column, Page 206 A look at all divorce cases affirming maintenance since 1977.
Lawyer Disqualification for Conflict of Interest By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2013 Column, Page 48 Denying a client the lawyer of choice should not be done lightly.
Why Do Senior Lawyers Continue to Practice? By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2012 Column, Page 558 A senior lawyer ruminates about why he is still at it.
Slow Your Practice Down - Live Better and Longer By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2012 Column, Page 218 How a veteran lawyer balances happiness with financial success.
Family Law Practice-Management Tips By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2012 Column, Page 50 A veteran family lawyer offers rules for practice success.
A Judge’s Obligation to Learn the Law By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2011 Column, Page 537 Judicial discretion gives judges tremendous power - and a heavy responsibility.
Marital Property: Making the Pie Larger By Professor H. Joseph Gitlin July 2011 Column, Page 367 Employer-based health insurance should be treated as marital property.
Don’ts for Divorcing Parents By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2011 Column, Page 210 Lawyers should help clients keep children beyond the fray.
Changing Custody: The Cards are Stacked Against the Movant By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2011 Column, Page 50 Once made, a custody determination is hard to reverse.
Is a Not-Yet-Paid Contingent Fee Marital Property? By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2010 Column, Page 542 A divorcing lawyer has earned a big fee but hasn't been paid. Is the fee award marital property?
Taking Charge in Matrimonial Cases By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2010 Column, Page 216 The winning lawyer is usually the one who takes the initiative.
Real Ethics and Courtesy for Divorce Lawyers By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2010 Column, Page 52 Not all ethical rules appear in the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Urban Legends About Family Law By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2009 Column, Page 528 Think men don't get custody or maintenance? Think again.
Maintenance and the Marital Standard of Living By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2009 Column, Page 370 Here’s a formula for determining maintenance that reflects the standard of living during marriage.
Maintenance Awards and Short-term Marriages By H. Joseph Gitlin May 2009 Article, Page 236 Think maintenance is off the table for marriages that end after 10 or fewer years? Think again.
Do We Still Need Grounds for Divorce? By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2008 Column, Page 534 They don't mean much in the age of no-fault divorce.
Profitable Family Law Practice By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2008 Column, Page 368 Build your family law practice by knowing your stuff and getting your name out.
A Family Law Toolbox By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2008 Column, Page 214 A list of resources worth keeping at your fingertips.
Premarital Agreements Need Premeditation By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2008 Column, Page 48 Before you draft a premarital agreement, consider what’s at stake.
Visitation By Biological Boyfriend-Father By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2007 Column, Page 556 A biological father from a wife's extra-marital affair can win visitation with his child.
Putting a Spouse through School By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2007 Column, Page 386 It's easier for courts to compensate a divorcing spouse who put a partner through school.
Stem Cells: A Lawyer’s Primer By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2007 Column, Page 208 How much do you know about this important issue?
Don’t Take Sides in a Divorce By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2007 Column, Page 48  Lawyers serve their clients best when they are objective advocates, not sympathizing moralists.
Rule of Thumb By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2006 Column, Page 384 The phrase has its origins in legalized wife beating. Or does it?
Bad Words By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2006 Column, Page 208 Why say "dissolution of marriage" when "divorce" says it more clearly?
Illinois: An International Magnet for Surrogacy? By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2006 Column, Page 48 By removing the cloud over surrogacy in Illinois, the Gestational Surrogracy Act promises to make the procedure more popular with would-be parents.
Mediation of Financial Issues – Proceed with Caution By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2005 Column, Page 538 Financial mediators, more than custody mediators, must know the fine points of the law.
Contempt Proceedings in Divorce By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2005 Column, Page 368 A thumbnail sketch of contempt proceedings in Illinois.
Child’s Representative Statute Held Unconstitutional By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2005 Column, Page 212 The implications of In re Marriage of Bates.
Relocation: the Evolving Standard By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2004 Column, Page 546 Illinois courts are fine tuning the standard for determining when to permit a custodial parent to move out of state.