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Section Newsletter Articles on Grandparents

Grandparent visitation case heard by the First District Appellate Court By Michael K. Goldberg and Becky Rose Bloom General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2013 The recent case of In re Anaya R., a Minor, stands out among other grandparent visitation cases.
Where have all the grandmas gone? Standing of grandparents seeking custody under the IMDMA By Marilyn Longwell and Aurelija Juska Family Law, October 2013 Under House Bill 1452—currently under consideration in the state legislature— the entirety of Section 601 of the IMDMA is repealed and the sections replacing it appear to make no provision whatever under which grandparents can seek custody of their grandchildren.
A non-parent’s quandary: Guardianship under the Probate Act or custody under the IMDMA? By Zina Cruse Child Law, December 2008 Today, more than ever, non-parents are finding themselves acting in loco parentis for the children of other family members.
Case comment: In Re Grandparent Visitation of China Pfalzgraf, a Minor By William L. Cleaver Elder Law, May 2008 The recent Fifth District Appellate Court case of In Re Grandparent Visitation of China Pfalzgraf, No. 07-F-137, presents yet another case of the courts’ divining what is in the best interest of the child. In Pfalzgraf, the court addressed the issue of grandparent visitation. 
Grandparent visitation—A practitioner’s approach By Raiford D. Palmer Family Law, December 2007 Grandparent visitation is an issue of growing concern in Illinois and across the U.S.Because the Illinois Supreme Court held a prior version of the statute unconstitutional, the Legislature amended the Grandparent Visitation Statute again, and the current version became law on January 1, 2007. 
Grandparents’ visitation rights are still in limbo in Illinois By Laninya A. Cason Women and the Law, November 2007 In this ever-changing society, more and more grandparents are called upon to perform the duties and responsibilities of parents.
Grandparents’ visitation rights are still in limbo in Illinois By Hon. Laninya A. Cason Elder Law, October 2007 In this ever-changing society, more and more grandparents are called upon to perform the duties and responsibilities of parents.
Grandparents’ visitation rights are still in limbo in Illinois By Hon. Laninya A. Cason Family Law, September 2007 In this ever-changing society, more and more grandparents are called upon to perform the duties and responsibilities of parents.
Grandparent visitation By Nicole Onorato Child Law, September 2006 Recently, the debate over grandparent visitation rights was once again the focus of Illinois legislators. On July 14, 2006, Public Act 94-1026, which revamped certain provisions of section 607 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/607) relative to grandparent visitation, was approved by the legislature.
Over the river and through the woods-again: How will courts interpret the new Grandparent Visitation Act? By Michael K. Goldberg General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, January 2005 After a two-year hiatus, Illinois grandparents once again have the statutory right to petition for visitation with their grandchildren.
Supreme Court declares grandparent visitation statute unconstitutional By Richard W. Zuckerman Family Law, August 2002 On April 18, 2002 the Illinois Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, settled once, and possibly for all, the issue of judicially mandated grandparent, great-grandparent and sibling visitation when it declared unconstitutional sections 607(b)(1) and (3) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/607).
Illinois’ Grandparent Visitation Statute passes The Troxel test By Adrienne W. Albrecht Family Law, October 2000 Grandparent visitation in Illinois is viable even after the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Troxel v. Granville for several reasons.
What you need to know about grandparent visitation Part II…to grandmother’s house we go…maybe By Terrence M. Madsen Family Law, June 2000 The Governor's end-of-the-summer bill signings triggered considerable discussion over the future of grandparent visitation.
What you need to know about grandparent visitation By Michael K. Goldberg General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2000 The death of a spouse elicits a myriad of emotions, and the pain of losing a loved one is certainly exacerbated when there are surviving minor children.
What you need to know about grandparent visitation, Part II …to grandmother’s house we go…maybe By Terrence M. Madsen General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2000 The Governor's end-of-the-summer bill signings triggered considerable discussion over the future of grandparent visitation.