Publications

Articles From H. Joseph Gitlin

Predicting Maintenance Awards

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2013
Column
Page 206
A look at all divorce cases affirming maintenance since 1977.

Lawyer Disqualification for Conflict of Interest

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2013
Column
Page 48
Denying a client the lawyer of choice should not be done lightly.

Why Do Senior Lawyers Continue to Practice?

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2012
Column
Page 558
A senior lawyer ruminates about why he is still at it.

Slow Your Practice Down - Live Better and Longer

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2012
Column
Page 218
How a veteran lawyer balances happiness with financial success.

Family Law Practice-Management Tips

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2012
Column
Page 50
A veteran family lawyer offers rules for practice success.

A Judge’s Obligation to Learn the Law

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2011
Column
Page 537
Judicial discretion gives judges tremendous power - and a heavy responsibility.

Marital Property: Making the Pie Larger

By Professor H. Joseph Gitlin
July
2011
Column
Page 367
Employer-based health insurance should be treated as marital property.

Don’ts for Divorcing Parents

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2011
Column
Page 210
Lawyers should help clients keep children beyond the fray.

Changing Custody: The Cards are Stacked Against the Movant

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2011
Column
Page 50
Once made, a custody determination is hard to reverse.

Is a Not-Yet-Paid Contingent Fee Marital Property?

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2010
Column
Page 542
A divorcing lawyer has earned a big fee but hasn't been paid. Is the fee award marital property?

Taking Charge in Matrimonial Cases

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2010
Column
Page 216
The winning lawyer is usually the one who takes the initiative.

Real Ethics and Courtesy for Divorce Lawyers

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2010
Column
Page 52
Not all ethical rules appear in the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Urban Legends About Family Law

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2009
Column
Page 528
Think men don't get custody or maintenance? Think again.

Maintenance and the Marital Standard of Living

By H. Joseph Gitlin
July
2009
Column
Page 370
Here’s a formula for determining maintenance that reflects the standard of living during marriage.

Maintenance Awards and Short-term Marriages

By H. Joseph Gitlin
May
2009
Article
Page 236
Think maintenance is off the table for marriages that end after 10 or fewer years? Think again.

Do We Still Need Grounds for Divorce?

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2008
Column
Page 534
They don't mean much in the age of no-fault divorce.

Profitable Family Law Practice

By H. Joseph Gitlin
July
2008
Column
Page 368
Build your family law practice by knowing your stuff and getting your name out.

A Family Law Toolbox

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2008
Column
Page 214
A list of resources worth keeping at your fingertips.

Premarital Agreements Need Premeditation

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2008
Column
Page 48
Before you draft a premarital agreement, consider what’s at stake.

Visitation By Biological Boyfriend-Father

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2007
Column
Page 556
A biological father from a wife's extra-marital affair can win visitation with his child.

Putting a Spouse through School

By H. Joseph Gitlin
July
2007
Column
Page 386
It's easier for courts to compensate a divorcing spouse who put a partner through school.

Stem Cells: A Lawyer’s Primer

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2007
Column
Page 208
How much do you know about this important issue?

Don’t Take Sides in a Divorce

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2007
Column
Page 48
 Lawyers serve their clients best when they are objective advocates, not sympathizing moralists.

Rule of Thumb

By H. Joseph Gitlin
July
2006
Column
Page 384
The phrase has its origins in legalized wife beating. Or does it?

Bad Words

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2006
Column
Page 208
Why say "dissolution of marriage" when "divorce" says it more clearly?

Illinois: An International Magnet for Surrogacy?

By H. Joseph Gitlin
January
2006
Column
Page 48
By removing the cloud over surrogacy in Illinois, the Gestational Surrogracy Act promises to make the procedure more popular with would-be parents.

Mediation of Financial Issues – Proceed with Caution

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2005
Column
Page 538
Financial mediators, more than custody mediators, must know the fine points of the law.

Contempt Proceedings in Divorce

By H. Joseph Gitlin
July
2005
Column
Page 368
A thumbnail sketch of contempt proceedings in Illinois.

Child’s Representative Statute Held Unconstitutional

By H. Joseph Gitlin
April
2005
Column
Page 212
The implications of In re Marriage of Bates.

Relocation: the Evolving Standard

By H. Joseph Gitlin
October
2004
Column
Page 546
Illinois courts are fine tuning the standard for determining when to permit a custodial parent to move out of state.

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