Section of the Adoption Act violates Equal ProtectionOctober 2005Illinois Law Update, Page 506On 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 ringBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498Does an engagement ring belong to the donor or the recipient if the wedding is called off?
Relocation: the Evolving StandardBy H. Joseph GitlinOctober 2004Column, Page 546Illinois courts are fine tuning the standard for determining when to permit a custodial parent to move out of state.
Grandparent visitation, take 2By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2004Lawpulse, Page 450The legislature passes a new grandparent visitation law, which is designed to cure the defects of its unconstitutional predecessor.
Legislators consider the Gestational Surrogacy ActBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2004Lawpulse, Page 286What happens when a pregnant surrogate changes her mind? When the intended parents divorce during the pregnancy? HB 4962 would address those questions and others.
Can a parent inherit from a stillborn child?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2003Lawpulse, Page 594A fascinating, if perplexing, Illinois Supreme Court opinion seems to say that a fetus can have an estate for inheritance purposes.
Counseling gay couplesBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2003Lawpulse, Page 544While the issues that arise in gay relationships are familiar, the legal framework is different. It's a difference that family practitioners and estate planners should learn to navigate.
Of QILDROs and QDROsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003Lawpulse, Page 220Too many lawyers fail to distinguish between these two orders, both of which govern the payment of pension benefits on divorce; but under very different circumstances.