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").
Valuing Property in Lengthy Divorce ProceedingsBy Jenna C. PatchenApril 2013Article, Page 198When the valuation hearing comes after the dissolution judgment, is marital property valued on the judgment date or the hearing date? The supreme court recently settled the question.
Marital property valued on date of dissolution in bifurcated proceedingMarch 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 124On December 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of Illinois held that, in a bifurcated marital dissolution proceeding, the date of trial on which marital property must be valued under section 503(f) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act ("Dissolution Act") refers to the date the judgment for dissolution is rendered.
Marriage and Divorce at Midlife and BeyondBy Ross S. Levey and Kelley L. MenzanoOctober 2012Article, Page 544As the 45-and-older population continues to grow, family law practitioners are faced with an array of issues unique to the "gray divorce revolution."
Is a family-law overhaul on the way?By Adam W. LaskerSeptember 2012Lawpulse, Page 458No more grounds for divorce? Divorce judgments within 90 days or else? These are just two of the family-law reforms proposed by a bipartisan legislative study group.
Advising Family BusinessesBy Christine OrganJuly 2012Article, Page 372Family businesses are the backbone of today's corporate world, but lawyers who counsel them must deal with some very "noncorporate" emotional and psychological issues.
Absolute immunity for child repsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Immunity from liability is absolute for child representatives working within the scope of their court-appointed duties.
Adoption law pointersBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434The August Child Law Section newsletter includes an adoption law legislation roundup and helps lawyers help clients find birth parents and readopt after surrendering parental rights.
A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to the Illinois Fraudulent Transfer ActBy Andrew R. Schwartz, Thomas J. Kanyock, and Karen JeffreysSeptember 2011Article, Page 462Sometimes a dissipation-of-assets claim under the IMDMA isn't enough when a recalcitrant spouse hides assets. Never fear - the Illinois Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act is here.
A Guide to the New Illinois Civil Union LawBy Richard A. WilsonMay 2011Article, Page 232Beginning 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.