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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Child Custody and Visitation

Preparing Your Clients for Parenting and Financial Mediation By Don C. Hammer and Debra Sudduth August 2000 Article, Page 469 How to help your client make the most of mediation.
Procedures for determining “best interest” of child in custody proceedings clarified; P.A. 91-746 August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 In response to a recent appellate court decision, the General Assembly passed and the governor recently approved legislation clarifying the process for requesting court-ordered evaluations in child custody proceedings.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2000 Column, Page 378 Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.
Foster family licensing standards June 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 310 On March 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted emergency amendments to sections 301 and 402 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301, 402.
When determining the fitness of a parent, the court can only consider evidence of actions occurring within 12 months from the date in which the court finds the abused, or a dependent May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's finding that D.L.'s mother was unfit pursuant to section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-29).
The Lawyer’s Journal By Mark S. Mathewson April 2000 Column, Page 192 What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 2000 Column, Page 62 Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 1999 Column, Page 566 More on modifying custody
When a Single Parent Dies: Custody Disputes After the Death of the Custodial Parent By Joy D. Fisher November 1999 Article, Page 588 If a single parent names someone other than the noncustodial parent as guardian of the child, do courts enforce that wish? It depends.
Representing Grandparents Who Raise Grandchildren: An Overview of Illinois Law By Susan Dawson-Tibbits September 1999 Article, Page 468 This article highlights various Illinois statutes that give grandparents legal authority to make decisions affecting their grandchildren.
The Standard for Changing Child Custody Within Two Years of a Final Order By H. Joseph Gitlin September 1999 Column, Page 492 The author reviews IMDMA section 610 and the applicable cases and argues that custody transfers within two years of a final custody order should be granted only under emergency circumstances.
Refusal of children to visit non-custodial parent does not relieve that parent of his obligation to provide financial support to the children. February 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 73 On December 2, 1998, the fourth district of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's decision denying James Heldebrandt's motion to reduce or terminate his child support obligations to his five children.
DNA Testing Vacates Prior Paternity Action—PA 90-715 November 1998 Illinois Law Update, Page 596 Amending the Parentage Act, this bill allows an individual to bring an action to declare the non-existence of the parent and child relationship.