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Bill of particulars in family law cases
I was recently served with a Demand for Bill of Particulars in response to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage I filed on behalf of a client.
Contemporary hip-hop singer Kanye West has a current hit single, “Gold Digger.”
When I talk or write about the practice of family law, I always stress how we are dealing with issues, particularly in custody cases, that can have lifelong effects on those involved, especially children.
As family law practitioners, we are all painfully aware that litigant dissatisfaction is higher in a divorce than in any other type of case.
As promised in our October newsletter, one of our goals this year is to keep our section members informed of the work of our committees.
Section 506 Representation of child and Section 608 Judicial Supervision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act have been amended by Public Act 094-0640 effective January 1, 2006.
Between attending court appearances, drafting pleadings, reviewing discovery, meeting with clients, conducting research and sometimes wanting to pull our hair out, there is little time to keep track of the legislation process down in Springfield and its effect on us as family law practitioners.
This issue contains a letter to the Chair in response to her column concerning same-sex marriage, a summary of the new Gestational Surrogacy Act, and a summary of recent case law, including the latest case on grandparent visitation.
The effect of HIPAA on discovery in divorce cases
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) was enacted in 1996. The purpose of the Act was, in part, to protect individuals against the improper disclosure of their health care information by physicians, hospitals, ambulance services, fire department protection districts, and others.
Letter to the Chair
I recently received and reviewed the October 2004 newsletter of the Family Law Section.
Mediation of financial issues in divorce
The Illinois Supreme Court, on January 26, 2005, approved a program in the Eleventh Circuit for the mediation of financial and property issues in divorce cases (both pre-decree and post-decree) and family (paternity) cases.
A message from the Chair
As Chair, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2005-2006 Family Law Section. A key benefit of joining a Section is the newsletter subscription.
The new Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
With the conflict in Iraq continuing to place heavy demands on the nations armed forces, more and more National Guard and Reserve servicemembers (SMs) are being called to duty.
Opinion witness disclosure under Supreme Court Rule 213
In 2002, Rule 213(f) underwent a dramatic change in the manner in which trial witnesses are disclosed. Prior to the amendment, parties were required merely to provide minimal information upon request of opposing counsel.
Private adoptions-Right to counsel
Under the category of "human rights," particularly when viewed by attorneys, perhaps no single right is believed as important and prophylactic as the right to be represented by a competent attorney.
Public Act 094-0640
Section 5. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is amended by changing Sections 506 and 608 as follows:
Recent family law cases
The Illinois Supreme Court has recently handed down several significant opinions affecting Family Law practitioners.