Section Newsletter Articles on Custody
Child’s wishes under the IMDMA
, February 2014
While a court should consider the preferences of the child in awarding custody, a court is not bound by that preference.
Disposition of frozen embryos is governed by contract
Bench and Bar
, November 2013
The case of Szafranski v. Dunston has drawn nationwide attention as it not only addresses emerging, cutting-edge legal issues with respect to the use of reproductive technology, but it also has engendered emotionally-charged debate regarding fundamental questions concerning the creation of families and whether a person can change his or her mind about being a potential parent.
Best interests and presumptions circa 2011
, February 2011
While the courts now utilize the best interests of the children standard when determining custody, the age and sex of the children and the sex of the party can be a factor considered by the courts in determining custody. But to what extent and how much emphasis should the court place on this factor?
In re Sophia G.L.: A review of the UCCJEA in the State of Illinois
General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm
, January 2009
What is the status of the UCCJEA in the State of Illinois? According the Illinois Supreme Court, the UCCJEA is alive and well. The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled on the case In re Sophia G.L., No. 104603, and in doing so overturned the decision of the 4th District Appellate Court, reversing the ruling of the Greene County Circuit Court.
Supreme Court decision a win for custodial parents and a warning to employers
Young Lawyers Division
, February 2008
On November 29, 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a $1,172,100 penalty pursuant to Section 35(a) of the Income Withholding for Support Act was constitutional as applied to an Illinois employer who failed to forward income withheld for child support in a timely manner.
Child custody statutes ready for a complete overhaul
, July 2007
On this, the thirtieth anniversary of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) 750 ILCS 5/1above01 et seq., it is clear that, at minimum, the section concerning child custody and visitation Id. at 5/601 – 5/608 needs a complete overhaul.