The newsletter of ISBA’s Section on Family Law
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In the event of a broken engagement, who keeps the ring and who is responsible for the wedding planning expenses?
A message from Family Law Section Chair Kimberly Anderson.
A message from Section Chair Kimberly Anderson.
A note from Section Chair Kimberly Anderson.
A message from section chair Kimberly Anderson.
A farewell message from Outgoing Chair Rory Weiler.
A message from Family Law Section Chair Rory Weiler.
A look at ISBA CLE and how programs are created and organized.
A call to action, from Family Law Section Chair Rory Weiler.
While the new, soon-to-be-signed-into-law Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act greatly enhances the rights of certain individuals involved in partnerships outside of the traditional state approved marriage, it doesn’t completely level the playing field between married parties and those involved in a civil union.
Child support withholding—Payor beware
Generally the cases brought under the Income Withholding for Support Act involve one or both of the following issues: “Who is a payor?” and “How and when will a penalty under the Withholding Act be assessed for failure to withhold or to timely remit the child suport?”
College expense contributions by divorced parents: Reservations about reservation provisions
Courts do not always require divorcing parties to expressly allocate the cost of their children’s college expenses between themselves upon termination of their marriage. Rather, the issue of each party’s respective obligation to contribute to their children’s college expenses is instead often “reserved” for future determination pursuant to Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Given the popularity of these reservation provisions in divorce decrees, family law practitioners must understand the ramifications of these provisions, and how to best convert the “reservation” into actual college expense contributions.
The wide variety of expenditures that constitute dissipation should be an inspiration to lawyers to apply their craft. The field is broad in the range of arguments that can support a claim of dissipation under Illinois law.
A first look at the Illinois Civil Union Act
As this article demonstrates, the Illinois Civil Union Act requires lawyers dealing with civil unions to be attuned to both the law of other states and the interplay of the civil union with other areas of the law.
What is income?
How does the court (or parties) determine payor’s income to apply guideline child support calculations?
Yes, you have two husbands
Getting a divorce overseas is not a problem or something you should necessarily avoid, but be aware of the jurisdiction.