The newsletter of ISBA’s Section on Family Law
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Adoption: “Due and diligent” inquiry
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
If we speak, act and talk with pride of our profession, it follows that our actions with our clients will reflect we, as Family Law practitioners, have earned and deserve the respect of the public and the Bar.
The Family Law Section Council is to be representative of the body of family lawyers as a whole; and to develop and enable our practices to best serve the public, while providing a decent living for each of us.
Deadbeat Parents’ Act
Is the Deadbeat Parents' Act unconstitutional? A father convicted under the Deadbeat Parents Act (DPPA) for his willful failure to pay child support challenged his conviction all the way to the United States Court of Appeals.
The Illinois State Bar Association's Family Law Section Council believes that our current custody and visitation provisions do not go far enough to prevent the damage the Dissolution process causes to families, and particularly, the children.
We hope you enjoy this issue of the Family Law newsletter and encourage our readers to contact us with any ideas or issues you may want to address or have addressed in future issues.
As newly appointed newsletter editors, we would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help in making the upcoming year a successful one.
A word of thanks to all of you who have submitted articles for this and prior newsletters.
Following the opening statement/preamble to the proposed revised custody provisions of the IMDMA, you will find an article on the Hague Convention written by Burt Gross and a primer on the "in contemplation of marriage" rule.
This newsletter contains a Letter to the Editor in response to Scott Colky's article in the last issue, concerning the constitutionality of the Children's Representative section of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
Family Law case update
Cases issued between July, 2002 - February, 2003 and of interest to family law practitioners.
Letter to the editor
I am responding to Scott Colky's article entitled "The Child Representative Statute is Unconstitutional."
Message from the Chair
As I write my last "message" as Chair of the Family Law Section Council, I am amazed at how quickly this year has past.
Message from the chair
Since our last newsletter, the Family Law Section Council has not only had meetings of all of its committees (many more than once), reviewed and taken a position on well over 50 bills affecting family law (with many more coming daily), had its commentary on new concepts in custody proceedings approved by the ISBA Board of Governors for submission to the Supreme Court Special Committee on Child Custody, but also conducted an excellent seminar in Las Vegas!
Message from the chair
Happy New Year everyone! With the holidays behind us, the busiest time of the Council's year is now in full swing.
“My kid is gone”
There you are, sitting in your office trying to understand why anyone could possibly reject the very realistic and reasonable settlement proposal you have made in a case, when your mental meanderings are interrupted by a hysterical (potential) client telling you that their child has been snatched by the other parent, and taken out of the country.
One of the most contentious areas of practice is in the determination of the custodian for children in dissolution proceedings.