The newsletter of ISBA’s Section on Family Law
Browse articles by year: 2015 (3)
Newsletter articles from 2002
Case law update
Summaries of In Re the Marriage of Street, In Re Jackson v. Newsome and In Re Marriage of Terry.
The chairman’s column
Many of us lose sight of the fact that other jurisdictions are constantly rendering appellate court and supreme court decisions.
The Child Representative statute is unconstitutional
The members of the Special Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association who wrote and lobbied for the "Child's Representative" statute were well-intentioned, hardworking attorneys and judges who cared deeply for children.
Collaborative law is our newest dispute resolution model. It is not limited to any area of practice but is clearly rooted in family law.
Drafting ideas for pet care
To many of your clients, pets are an important part of life. The level of emotional involvement (generally directly proportional to the amount of money the client is willing to spend on the pet's care) tends to vary from client to client.
With the holidays approaching, the family law practitioner is routinely bombarded with last minute complaints about visitation.
As the newly re-appointed newsletter editor for the Family Law Section Council newsletter, I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help in making the upcoming year a successful one.
Our fifth issue includes articles on using exhibits for maximum impact, the art of forum protection, pet custody and a summary of the latest case requiring consideration of a new payee's spouse's income and assets under Sections 504, 505 and 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
We hope you enjoy this issue which includes articles on the latest parentage cases, recovering fees for fee litigation and in camera interviews of children.
This issue contains a column from our chairman, reminding us of the importance of out of state case law.
We hope you enjoyed the first issue of the Family Law newsletter. This issue contains articles concerning the importance of site visits in business valuations and conflicts of interest.
Family law returns to jury trials
A new decision of the Fifth District Appellate Court heralds the dawn of a new age, when family law practitioners return to jury trial practice.
In camera interview of a child
The court is authorized to to interview a child in chambers pursuant to section 604(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/604(a):
ISBA sets ADR program for midyear meeting
The CLE Committee of the ISBA has approved a fantastic program on mediation sponsored jointly by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, the Bench and Bar Section Council, the Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, and the Family Law Section Council set for Thursday, December 12, 2002 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chicago Sheridan Hotel during the midyear meeting.
Lawyer’s duty to discover hidden assets
A recent appellate court case, Fox v. Melvyn Berks, decided by the First District, First Division, August 19, 2002 (1-01-0558), addresses the duty of an attorney to discover concealed assets.
Message from the chair
In the last newsletter I gave you some idea of the makeup of the Council and what we will be working on this year.
Message from the chair
As incoming chairperson of the Family Law Section Council for 2002-2003, I welcome all new section members along with those of you returning for another year.
Prenuptial agreements / retirement waivers/ERISA
Prenuptial agreements that include waivers of retirement benefits can create serious issues, including potential malpractice claims for those uninformed of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Retirement Equity Act (REA ), 29 U.S.C. Section 1055.
Preparing your client for “the” evaluation
The parties in many divorce cases initially dispute custody of the children. Fortunately, these disputes are most often resolved through the efforts of counsel and the court by the use of the mediation process.
Reconciling parentage act cases from the past year
During the year 2001, and exceptional number of significant opinions considered the subtleties of the Parentage Act and its interplay with other statutes and precedent affecting children born out of wedlock.