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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Family Law

Adoption Act definition of “unfit person” amended -PA 094-0939 January 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 The Illinois General Assembly (General Assembly) has amended section D of the definitions section of the Adoption Act (Act) in order to clarify the meaning of "Unfit person" under the Act. 
Are a Closely Held Corporation’s Retained Earnings Fair Game for a Divorcing Spouse? By Michael W. Kalcheim January 2007 Article, Page 30 Can the non-employee spouse make a claim for reimbursement to the marital estate from the retained earnings of a closely held corporation? This article considers the question.
Don’t Take Sides in a Divorce By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2007 Column, Page 48  Lawyers serve their clients best when they are objective advocates, not sympathizing moralists.
Intrastate Removal: What’s a Noncustodial Parent to Do? By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2006 Column, Page 558 Make sure restrictions on intrastate removal are reasonable, Gitlin says.
New Rules Expedite Custody Proceedings By Aldo E. Botti July 2006 Article, Page 360 A special focus on the rules aimed at speeding up custody cases.
The New Supreme Court Rules Governing Child Custody Cases: A Summary and Review By David N. Schaffer July 2006 Article, Page 354 A review of the new 900 series of Illinois Supreme Court rules, which are designed to improve child custody proceedings and which are effective July 1.
Rule of Thumb By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2006 Column, Page 384 The phrase has its origins in legalized wife beating. Or does it?
Bad Words By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2006 Column, Page 208 Why say "dissolution of marriage" when "divorce" says it more clearly?
New rules expedite custody cases By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2006 LawPulse, Page 166 On February 10, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court issued new rules that will dramatically change procedures in child custody cases. The rules are contained in new Article IX of the Supreme Court Rules and are effective July 1, 2006.
Family Law and the New Bankruptcy Code By John J. Johnston March 2006 Article, Page 128 The new Code amendments have a major impact on family law - here are key provisions, issues, and strategies.
Interest on Past-Due Maintenance and Child Support: the New Calculus By David B. Yavitz February 2006 Article, Page 76 A new law imposes interest on overdue support and changes the formula for calculating interest.
Illinois: An International Magnet for Surrogacy? By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2006 Column, Page 48 By removing the cloud over surrogacy in Illinois, the Gestational Surrogracy Act promises to make the procedure more popular with would-be parents.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2005 Column, Page 554 Poor lawyer image - incivility not the culprit? Mediator as peacemaker.
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.
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. 
This diamond ring By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 LawPulse, Page 498 Does an engagement ring belong to the donor or the recipient if the wedding is called off?
Contempt Proceedings in Divorce By H. Joseph Gitlin July 2005 Column, Page 368 A thumbnail sketch of contempt proceedings in Illinois.
Section 1(D)(q) of the Adoption Act violates equal protection June 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 On March 24, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court held that section 1(D)(q) of the Adoption Act, 750 ILCS 50/1(D)(q), is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection.
Child’s Representative Statute Held Unconstitutional By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2005 Column, Page 212 The implications of In re Marriage of Bates.
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.
Removal: the Still-Evolving Standard By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2005 Column, Page 46 The Illinois Appellate Court takes yet another tack.
The New, Narrower Illinois Grandparent Visitation Statute By Michael K. Goldberg November 2004 Article, Page 578 The legislature takes another crack at grandparent visitation.
Relocation: the Evolving Standard By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2004 Column, Page 546 Illinois courts are fine tuning the standard for determining when to permit a custodial parent to move out of state.
Grandparent visitation, take 2 By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2004 LawPulse, Page 450 The legislature passes a new grandparent visitation law, which is designed to cure the defects of its unconstitutional predecessor.
Legislators consider the Gestational Surrogacy Act By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2004 LawPulse, Page 286 What happens when a pregnant surrogate changes her mind? When the intended parents divorce during the pregnancy? HB 4962 would address those questions and others.
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.
Attorney fees, family law and In re Marriage of King By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2004 LawPulse, Page 118 The Illinois Supreme Court has given divorce lawyers one more reason to get as much of their fee up front as possible.
Actions for intentional infliction of emotional distress based upon conduct occurring in the martial setting will be recognized December 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 600 On September 18, 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the fifth district appellate court, which held that the plaintiff could maintain a cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress caused by her ex-husband's pattern of abusive treatment during their marriage.
Calculating interest on child support; are you doing what the law requires? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 LawPulse, Page 594 There's nothing interesting about calculating interest on overdue child support. But like it or not, you'd best not neglect it, which is what too many lawyers do.
Can a parent inherit from a stillborn child? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2003 LawPulse, Page 594 A fascinating, if perplexing, Illinois Supreme Court opinion seems to say that a fetus can have an estate for inheritance purposes.