Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 602.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Section 222 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to prohibit health care providers from releasing a child's health care records to any respondent listed in an order of protection. 750 ILCS 5/602.1, 750 ILCS 60/222.
Is There Marital Property Before Divorce? So Sayeth TakataBy Reuben A. BernickOctober 2008Article, Page 512Can an ex-wife recover post-decree arrearages of child support from the separately owned assets of the obligor father's new wife? The appellate court says "yes." Plus, read Christine Takata's take on this much talked-about ruling.
Equalization of incomes an abuse of discretionSeptember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 444On June 27, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of McLean County ordering the respondent to pay the petitioner maintenance of $12,500 per month for a period of 111 months.
In re Marriage of BratcherBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008LawPulse, Page 438A fourth district panel reverses a trial court’s grant of a substantial maintenance award in a long-term marriage where there was also a large property settlement.
A new definition of marital property?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2008LawPulse, Page 384 A controversial ruling allows a child-support obligee to lay claim to property held in the name of the obligor's new spouse.
Profitable Family Law PracticeBy H. Joseph GitlinJuly 2008Column, Page 368Build your family law practice by knowing your stuff and getting your name out.
Spying Spouses and Their High-Tech ToolsBy Alison G. TuroffJuly 2008Article, Page 348Divorcing spouses who try to gain the upper hand by catching the other party in the act may violate federal and state eavesdropping and privacy statutes.
Undefined “death benefits” include life insurance proceedsJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 7, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Winnebago County ordering life insurance proceeds to be delivered to the decedent's children, instead of the listed beneficiary.
The Lawyer of LoveBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2008LawPulse, Page 174Chicago divorce lawyer Corri Fetman offers advice in - and poses for - Playboy.
QDRO does not grant an increased benefitApril 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 180On February 6, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County entering an order consistent with the Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) presented on behalf of the petitioner.
Life insurance cannot be used to secure maintenance paymentsMarch 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 124On January 3, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversed the judgment of the circuit court requiring the respondent to designate his ex-wife Sandra as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy as security for his maintenance obligation.
Visitation of minor child in non-Hague country allowedJanuary 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 16On November 13, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the order of the Circuit Court of Cook County granting a modified joint parenting order allowing visitation of the minor child in a foreign country.