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Case law update
In Re Estate of Donald Charles Forest v. Catherine Dagenais, Circuit Court for 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County, Third District, Docket No. 3-98-0454. Catherine filed this appeal appealing the application of section 4-7(b) of the Probate Act, which provided for revocation by divorce of provisions in a testamentary disposition to a divorced spouse.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard Zuckerman, not only for his exemplary job as chairman, but for the many years he has labored as a member of the section council.
Ah--the practice of family law. That initial burst of energy as you run to the courthouse for Orders of Protection, Temporary Restraining Orders, Temporary Custody and Support Orders and, of course, Interim Fees.
Parentage cases. There is a reason they were called bastardy cases under the pre-1984 Act. In 25 years of family law practice I have seen lots of bitterness, recrimination, spiteful acts and vengeful, mean-spirited behavior.
Rehabilitate to put back in good condition; restore to a state of physical, mental or moral health through treatment and training.
The Davis case: Another perspective
Recently, in The Department of Public Aid ex rel. Lindy Davis v. Jesse Brewer, the Illinois Supreme Court considered whether, in order to modify a child custody judgment within two years of its entry, a court must find child endangerment by clear and convincing evidence, or whether the court need only find that there is "reason to believe" that the child's present environment may endanger him or her.
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Family law bytes
Also online are public acts and bills: http://www.legis.state.il.us/publicacts/publicacts.html and http://www.legis.state.il.us/legisnet/legismain.html
Family law bytes
The following is a list of some helpful Web sites prepared for us by David Schaffer.
In re the marriage of Grunsten
After over 21 years of marriage, Barbara Grunsten filed a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage against Richard Grunsten, citing irreconcilable differences.
Info from the council
Since the first newsletter, the council has met twice: in November, and again in December at the ISBA Midyear Meeting.
The judge’s corner
Assignment: Trial judge, Domestic Relations Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
The judges’ corner
Assignment: Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Division, DuPage County
As this issue goes to press, the Board of Managers of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers voted in its monthly meeting by a vote of 8 to 7 to oppose House Bill 377 regarding the representation of children during divorce proceedings.
The Minear rule
Child support awards are based on the obligor's net income as defined by section 505(a)(3) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
In re Custody of K.P.L. a minor, 3rd District, Appellate No. 2-97-1107, filed April 16, 1999. This is an appeal from a decision granting custody of a child to its legal guardians pursuant to the guardian
Late 1998 was no exception to the rule that important family law opinions are handed down regularly throughout the year.