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Articles on Civil Unions

Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2013
LawPulse
Page 606
At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.

Cohabitation Agreements after the Civil Union Act

By Natalie T. Lorenz
June
2012
Article
Page 308
The Civil Union Act represents a movement away from the public policy of encouraging only traditional heterosexual married couple relationships, prompting the question: Should Illinois recognize unmarried couples’ cohabitation agreements?

Illinois FMLA would cover civil unions

By Adam W. Lasker
May
2012
LawPulse
Page 234
An Illinois legislative proposal would give members of a civil union the same benefits enjoyed by married couples under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Love, Marriage, and the IRS: Tax Advantages of Illinois Civil Unions

By Barbara K. Lundergan
April
2012
Article
Page 200
You may be surprised to learn that civil unions afford better tax treatment than marriage for some heterosexual couples.

Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex Partners

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2011
Column
Page 636
The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.

Civil Unions and Parenthood at Birth

By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness
September
2011
Column
Page 473
How should legal parenthood at birth be established when children are born into civil unions?

Domestic Violence Fund extended to civil unions. PA 097-0004

August
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 388
The State Finance Act has been amended to extend the Domestic Violence Fund to persons entered into civil unions. 30 ILCS 105/6z-72.

Planning for a Civil Life

By Katarinna McBride
August
2011
Column
Page 421
Illinois' civil union law presents opportunities and challenges to those who advise same-sex couples.

Civil unions provide same-sex couples legal protections provided to all Illinois spouses. Public Act 096-1513

May
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 228
State lawmakers recently passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to provide persons entering into civil unions the obligations and benefits granted to all spouses under Illinois law.

A Guide to the New Illinois Civil Union Law

By Richard A. Wilson
May
2011
Article
Page 232
Beginning June 1, Illinois' civil union law confers most of the rights of marriage on parties to a civil union. But federal prohibitions impose important limits. Find out how the new law works.

Can civil partners hold property as tenants by the entirety?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2011
LawPulse
Page 118

Mind the gap: Illinois taxes estates over $2 million

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2011
LawPulse
Page 66

Estate-planning, other implications of the civil union law

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2011
LawPulse
Page 10

The devil in the details of domestic-partner benefits

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2002
LawPulse
Page 578
More employers are offering benefits to their employees' nonspouse partners. Here are some of the legal and administrative issues they need to consider.

Maintenance obligation properly terminated because of ex-wife’s conjugal relationship with another woman.

June
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 304
On April 14, 1999, the second district of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's termination of the husband's maintenance, finding that the trial court correctly determined that the wife was involved in a conjugal relationship with another woman.

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