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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Domestic Relations

Maintenance: be careful what you ask - and don’t ask - for By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2006 Lawpulse, Page 62 In two separate cases, the fourth district upheld maintenance awards 1) even after one recipient's remarriage and 2) despite another's request that the court "deny maintenance to the Petitioner and Respondent."
Marital dissolution apportionment does not have to be equal January 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On November 9, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County, dividing the marital estate of Jason and Stephanie Thornley in favor of Stephanie and providing for maintenance payments to Stephanie. 
Collaborative divorce By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 It isn't mediation, but it can minimize the conflict in divorce, proponents say. Find out why collaborative divorce is on the rise in Illinois.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2005 Column, Page 554 Poor lawyer image - incivility not the culprit? Mediator as peacemaker.
Correspondence from Our Readers October 2005 Column, Page 494 Proving irreconcilable differences.
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.
New law fine-tunes child rep statute By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Lawpulse, Page 498 A new act seeks to clear up confusion about the differing roles of attorney, GAL, and child representative, and expressly authorizes judges to order divorcing spouses into counseling.
Section of the Adoption Act violates Equal Protection October 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 506 On August 1, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, terminating the parental rights of the defendant. 
Family Law: A Crucible for Change By Robert K. Downs September 2005 Column, Page 436 If we want to improve the image of our profession, let's improve the practice of family law.
Maintenance proceedings revised in IMDMA - PA 094-0089 September 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 446 Effective January 1, 2006, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (Act) (750 ILCS 5/101 et seq) is revised to provide that "any maintenance obligation, including any unallocated maintenance and child support obligation, or any portion of any support obligation.
Living in a two story house By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Can parties be "separate and apart" for purposes of filing for divorce while still living under the same roof?
Taxes, Marital QTIP Trusts, and Anti- Apportionment Clauses By David Berek August 2005 Column, Page 418 It's time to revisit the language you've been using in QTIP trusts.  Find out why.
Contempt Proceedings in Divorce By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2005 Column, Page 368 A thumbnail sketch of contempt proceedings in Illinois.
The Year Ahead By Robert K. Downs July 2005 Column, Page 328 The new ISBA president outlines his plans for the coming year.
Correspondence from Our Readers May 2005 Column, Page 222 Nonprofits' billing practices; bankruptcy lawyers and divorce.
Till death us do part? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Suppose Michael and Terri Schiavo had resided in Illinois after she became incapacitated, and suppose Michael had wanted (or been willing) to divorce her – would Illinois law have allowed it?
Child’s Representative Statute Held Unconstitutional By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2005 Column, Page 212 The implications of In re Marriage of Bates.
Illinois Supreme Court 2004: Taking on the Tough Issues By Nancy J. Arnold and Tim Eaton April 2005 Article, Page 174 Last year the court confronted contentious issues that matter not just to lawyers but to the public at large.
Personal goodwill is not to be included in a division of marital assets April 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 On January 21, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate court and upheld the circuit court's determination that personal goodwill be excluded in the valuation of the former husband's dental practice.
You take the sofa, I’ll take the Fifth… By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2005 Lawpulse, Page 162 Forget about dirty laundry; what if your divorcing client did – or might have done – something criminal? Here's advice about advising clients how and when to take the Fifth.
Correspondence from Our Readers February 2005 Column, Page 58 QDROs and Social Security numbers
A Family Lawyer’s Guide to Bankruptcy By Peter C. Alexander February 2005 Article, Page 80 Divorce and financial distress often go hand in hand. Here's a bankruptcy primer for matrimonial lawyers.
The ABCs of QDROs By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2005 Article, Page 18 QDROs are an increasingly painful – and important – part of practice. And ignoring them won't make the pain go away.
The Child’s Representative Law After In re Marriage of Bates By Rebecca J. Whitcombe January 2005 Article, Page 26 This supreme court case from a few weeks ago casts a cloud on the law's future.
Removal: the Still-Evolving Standard By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2005 Column, Page 46 The Illinois Appellate Court takes yet another tack.
Language in marriage dissolution agreement must be given its plain meaning December 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 620 On September 16, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed in part, affirmed in part, and remanded for further proceedings the judgment of the Circuit Court of Mercer County. 
The New, Narrower Illinois Grandparent Visitation Statute By Michael K. Goldberg November 2004 Article, Page 578 The legislature takes another crack at grandparent visitation.
Recovering Attorney Fees From the Opposing Party in Illinois Divorce Cases By Alison G. Turoff September 2004 Article, Page 462 A guide through the steps required under IMDMA to recover fees from the other side.
Sexual Morality and Children of Divorce By H. Joseph Gitlin September 2004 Article, Page 468 How does parents' post-marital sexual behavior affect their right to custody and visitation? A look at Illinois law.
2003 Illinois Supreme Court Civil Cases: Fees and Family Law, “No” to Immunity, and More By Nancy J. Arnold and Tim Eaton April 2004 Article, Page 180 A look at last year's leading supreme court civil cases.