Publications

Articles on Child Custody and Visitation

Appellate Review in Domestic Relations Cases: The Elusive Final and Appealable Order

By Gunnar J. Gitlin and Chris S. Haaff
August
2000
Article
Page 444
A review of the cases that have diminished appellate courts' power to review domestic relations cases.

Drug abusers may lose children; P.A. 91-802

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
Beginning next year, more unfit parents may begin losing custody of their children.

Preparing Your Clients for Parenting and Financial Mediation

By Don C. Hammer and Debra Sudduth
August
2000
Article
Page 469
How to help your client make the most of mediation.

Procedures for determining “best interest” of child in custody proceedings clarified; P.A. 91-746

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
In response to a recent appellate court decision, the General Assembly passed and the governor recently approved legislation clarifying the process for requesting court-ordered evaluations in child custody proceedings.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
July
2000
Column
Page 378
Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.

Foster family licensing standards

June
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 310
On March 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted emergency amendments to sections 301 and 402 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301, 402.

When determining the fitness of a parent, the court can only consider evidence of actions occurring within 12 months from the date in which the court finds the abused, or a dependent

May
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 252
On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's finding that D.L.'s mother was unfit pursuant to section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-29).

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Mark S. Mathewson
April
2000
Column
Page 192
What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
February
2000
Column
Page 62
Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.

Correspondence from Our Readers

November
1999
Column
Page 566
More on modifying custody

When a Single Parent Dies: Custody Disputes After the Death of the Custodial Parent

By Joy D. Fisher
November
1999
Article
Page 588
If a single parent names someone other than the noncustodial parent as guardian of the child, do courts enforce that wish? It depends.

Representing Grandparents Who Raise Grandchildren: An Overview of Illinois Law

By Susan Dawson-Tibbits
September
1999
Article
Page 468
This article highlights various Illinois statutes that give grandparents legal authority to make decisions affecting their grandchildren.

The Standard for Changing Child Custody Within Two Years of a Final Order

By H. Joseph Gitlin
September
1999
Column
Page 492
The author reviews IMDMA section 610 and the applicable cases and argues that custody transfers within two years of a final custody order should be granted only under emergency circumstances.

Refusal of children to visit non-custodial parent does not relieve that parent of his obligation to provide financial support to the children.

February
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 73
On December 2, 1998, the fourth district of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's decision denying James Heldebrandt's motion to reduce or terminate his child support obligations to his five children.

DNA Testing Vacates Prior Paternity Action—PA 90-715

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
Amending the Parentage Act, this bill allows an individual to bring an action to declare the non-existence of the parent and child relationship.

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