Section Newsletter Articles on Adoption
Changes to the Adoption Act intended to reduce time to termination
, December 2013
Late last summer, the Illinois Legislature passed SB 1686, amending the Adoption Act by changing the measuring time frame for parents to make reasonable progress toward their Court-ordered services in order to avoid termination of their parental rights.
Illinois adopts equitable adoption
Trusts and Estates
, May 2013
The case of DeHart v. DeHart provides a useful primer on the requirements for setting aside a will or asserting that someone tortuously interfered with an economic expectancy. More importantly, the decision establishes a new cause of action, equitable adoption.
Looking for family after the adoption
, August 2011
Where does an attorney find help for a client who is seeking birth family information or personal information after the adoption has been accomplished?
“Safe haven” adoptions
, March 2009
If the practitioner receives a call from prospective adoptive parents, or from an agency, informing the practitioner that a baby had been abandoned pursuant to the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, what should the practitioner know and do?
Adoption: “Due and diligent” inquiry
, September 2003
Your client wants to adopt his new wife's child. The wife says she has not heard from the child's father for many years and she doesn't know where he is
, May 2001
Summaries of the recent cases of In Re the Marriage of Drury, In Re Petition of Mary Klak, In Re Marriage of Carter, In Re Shaddle, In re Adoption of D___, In Re Marriage of Lehr, In Re Marriage of Gattone, In Re J.P., In Re Marriage of Beerbridge, In Re the Marriage of Buck, In Re Marriage of Didier, In Re the Marriage of Petersen, In Re Donath v. Buckley, In Re Cerven and In Re Troy S. and Rachel S.
Practice trap: Baby Richard turns mischievous?
General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm
, December 2000
Has "Baby Richard" created jurisdictional land mines outside of the Adoption Act that could affect the integrity of sound and secure relationships developed pursuant to the Parentage Act?