Rule of ThumbBy H. Joseph GitlinJuly 2006Column, Page 384The phrase has its origins in legalized wife beating. Or does it?
Bad WordsBy H. Joseph GitlinApril 2006Column, Page 208Why say "dissolution of marriage" when "divorce" says it more clearly?
New rules expedite custody casesBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2006LawPulse, Page 166On 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 CodeBy John J. JohnstonMarch 2006Article, Page 128The new Code amendments have a major impact on family law - here are key provisions, issues, and strategies.
Illinois: An International Magnet for Surrogacy?By H. Joseph GitlinJanuary 2006Column, Page 48By removing the cloud over surrogacy in Illinois, the Gestational Surrogracy Act promises to make the procedure more popular with would-be parents.
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.