Child care rights of first refusal awarded to separated parentsJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16Newly added section 602.3 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act provides that if a court determines joint custody or visitation rights to be the best arrangement for a child under section 602.1 or section 607 respectively, then the court may further consider, as consistent with the child's best interests, awarding one or both of the parents the right of first refusal to provide child care for the minor child during the other parent's allotted parenting time.
No evidentiary limitations to statements of a minor in a temporary custody hearingJanuary 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of Illinois held that the evidentiary limitations of section 2-18(4)(c) of the Juvenile Court Act do not apply to the out-of-court statements of a minor in a temporary custody hearing, where such statements relate to allegations of abuse or neglect.
GALS and cross-cultural custodyBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010Lawpulse, Page 558For custody disputes involving international and immigrant families, determining what's best for the child can be especially difficult.
Supreme court rule changes bring more certainty to custody judgmentsBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2010Lawpulse, Page 174Before, custody orders weren't final and appealable if other issues were pending. Now they are, and that's good for kids, an appellate justice says. But she warns that family lawyers must pay closer attention than ever to appellate rules and deadlines.
Custody conundrumBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2008Lawpulse, Page 10Your client’s ex-husband, who moved to Texas and had custody of the children, dies. Your client wants the kids, her ex’s Texas relatives say no. What do you do?
Visitation of minor child in non-Hague country allowedJanuary 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 13, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of Cook County granting a modified joint parenting order allowing visitation of the minor child in a foreign country.