Challenging Voluntary Acknowledgments of PaternityBy Kelly M. Greco and Stephanie R. HammerSeptember 2014Article, Page 432Parties in juvenile and divorce cases sometimes want to challenge a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity under the Illinois Parentage Act. Find out when and why these efforts succeed.
Courts may award child support to non-custodial parentsSeptember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 424On June 19, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that section 505 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act allows courts to award child support to non-custodial parents.
More family members may petition for medical information under the Adoption ActSeptember 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 424This amendatory act to the Adoption Act adds several categories of people eligible to petition state courts for the appointment of a confidential intermediary to: (1) exchange medical and identifying information with mutually consenting biological relatives; and (2) arrange contact with consenting biological relatives.
Divorce Corp misses the mark, lawyers sayBy Janan HannaApril 2014Lawpulse, Page 162An angry documentary misrepresents the family court system and the judges, lawyers, and others who work there, ISBA family law practitioners say.
Pet CustodyApril 2014Column, Page 197Here's what to do for divorcing partners who love their pet but not each other.
New rules affecting adoptionsFebruary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 68Section 5 of the Adoption Act has been amended to expand the definition of "intercountry adoption" and of "preadoption requirements."
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.
‘Wrongful Birth’ Plaintiffs Can Recover for Emotional DistressBy Christopher T. Hurley and Mark R. McKennaNovember 2013Article, Page 580A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision holds that parents can recover for emotional distress if they win a claim for negligent genetic counseling, even if they suffered no direct physical injury.
DCFS cannot define “neglect” with language removed by the legislatureJune 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 284On March 21, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court and held that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ("DCFS") did not have authority to charge someone with an offense that defined "neglect" using language that had previously been deleted by the legislature in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act ("ANCPA").