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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Domestic Relations

Spouse’s obligation to provide maintenance support ends on the date of the terminating event rather than the date the petition is filed August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On June 13, 2000, the Second District of the Appellate Court of Illinois reversed the trial court's determination that the proper date for terminating a wife's maintenance awards was the date when the petition to terminate spousal support was filed.
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.
Correspondence from Our Readers June 2000 Column, Page 302 Wards as defendants in dissolution proceedings.
A guardian has standing to continue a dissolution action that was commenced by the ward prior to the guardian’s appointment April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 On February 17, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and held that a guardian has the authority to continue a dissolution of marriage proceeding that was originally initiated by a ward.
New changes in child support law; P.A. 91-677 March 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 In a move to remedy some of the problems that have troubled the State Disbursement Unit for child support since its creation, Gov. George H. Ryan recently signed into law Public Act 91-677.
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.
Legislature concurs with amendatory veto, fails to override other veto February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 During the veto session, the General Assembly agreed to Gov. Ryan’s amendatory veto of House Bill 421, which amends the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath December 1999 Column, Page 632 One new rule clarifies notice-of-appeal filings in criminal cases...
Correspondence from Our Readers November 1999 Column, Page 566 More on modifying custody
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath November 1999 Column, Page 570 Watch out, HMOs.
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.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath October 1999 Column, Page 514 Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.
Distribution at Divorce of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Disability Awards By Debra DiMaggio and Cindy Huang September 1999 Column, Page 494 The authors note that several Illinois courts have distributed awards for strictly personal damage (i.e., pain and suffering) disproportionately to the injured spouse on divorce even when the cause of action arose during marriage.
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.
A Practical Guide to Illinois’ New QILDRO Law By Ronda D. Taylor Glenn and Michelle R. Mosby-Scott July 1999 Article, Page 354 The QILDRO law, which provides for dividing state and local public pensions at divorce, took effect July 1. Here's the lowdown.
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.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath March 1999 Column, Page 126 The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.
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.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath December 1998 Column, Page 658 RICO and privacy and fraud (and family law), oh my!