On Aug. 20, 2020, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court held that court-awarded attorney fees during the pendency of marriage-dissolution proceedings are interim and not subject to immediate appeal.
On Sept. 14, 2018, the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois held that a plaintiff, who is not an attorney, cannot, under any circumstances, receive compensation for any legal services under Illinois law.
The Illinois Supreme Court addressed inconsistencies in awarding contributions toward attorney fees by pointing out that case precedent and the statutory language of 750 ILCS 5/508 complement one another.
In an unusual case where neither of the divorcing parties participated in the appeal, a former attorney for the respondent secured the reversal of a contempt order against him and the underlying interim fee order.
The Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a written referral agreement for division of attorneys' fees did not have to contain an express statement that the lawyers assumed joint financial responsibility for representing the client.
On May 27, 2016, the Appellate Court of Illinois held that the court may award attorney fees to a party in cases involving termination of parental rights and adoption proceedings under section 508 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA).