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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Civil Unions

Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois By Adam W. Lasker December 2013 Lawpulse, Page 606 At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
Cohabitation Agreements after the Civil Union Act By Natalie T. Lorenz June 2012 Article, Page 308 The Civil Union Act represents a movement away from the public policy of encouraging only traditional heterosexual married couple relationships, prompting the question: Should Illinois recognize unmarried couples’ cohabitation agreements?
Illinois FMLA would cover civil unions By Adam W. Lasker May 2012 Lawpulse, Page 234 An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
Love, Marriage, and the IRS: Tax Advantages of Illinois Civil Unions By Barbara K. Lundergan April 2012 Article, Page 200 You may be surprised to learn that civil unions afford better tax treatment than marriage for some heterosexual couples.
Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex Partners By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2011 Column, Page 636 The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.
Civil Unions and Parenthood at Birth By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness September 2011 Column, Page 473 How should legal parenthood at birth be established when children are born into civil unions?
Domestic Violence Fund extended to civil unions. PA 097-0004 August 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 388 The State Finance Act has been amended to extend the Domestic Violence Fund to persons entered into civil unions. 30 ILCS 105/6z-72.
Planning for a Civil Life By Katarinna McBride August 2011 Column, Page 421 Illinois' civil union law presents opportunities and challenges to those who advise same-sex couples.
Civil unions provide same-sex couples legal protections provided to all Illinois spouses. Public Act 096-1513 May 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 State lawmakers recently passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to provide persons entering into civil unions the obligations and benefits granted to all spouses under Illinois law.
A Guide to the New Illinois Civil Union Law By Richard A. Wilson May 2011 Article, Page 232 Beginning June 1, Illinois' civil union law confers most of the rights of marriage on parties to a civil union. But federal prohibitions impose important limits. Find out how the new law works.
Can civil partners hold property as tenants by the entirety? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2011 Lawpulse, Page 118 The consensus among leading ISBA and other real estate practitioners appears to be "yes." Now that Governor Quinn has signed the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act into law as PA 96-1513, lawyers across the state are considering the statute's effect on specific aspects of their practices.
Mind the gap: Illinois taxes estates over $2 million By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2011 Lawpulse, Page 66 Illinois' new estate tax kicks in at $2 million, not $5 million like its federal counterpart. That creates some estate-planning challenges for Illinois residents.
Estate-planning, other implications of the civil union law By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2011 Lawpulse, Page 10 Legally speaking, civil union partners will step into the shoes of spouses in most cases, students of the legislation say.
The devil in the details of domestic-partner benefits By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2002 Lawpulse, Page 578 More employers are offering benefits to their employees' nonspouse partners. Here are some of the legal and administrative issues they need to consider.
Maintenance obligation properly terminated because of ex-wife’s conjugal relationship with another woman. June 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 304 On April 14, 1999, the second district of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's termination of the husband's maintenance, finding that the trial court correctly determined that the wife was involved in a conjugal relationship with another woman.