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Articles on Domestic Relations

Spouse’s obligation to provide maintenance support ends on the date of the terminating event rather than the date the petition is filed

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
On June 13, 2000, the Second District of the Appellate Court of Illinois reversed the trial court's determination that the proper date for terminating a wife's maintenance awards was the date when the petition to terminate spousal support was filed.

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.

Correspondence from Our Readers

June
2000
Column
Page 302
Wards as defendants in dissolution proceedings.

A guardian has standing to continue a dissolution action that was commenced by the ward prior to the guardian’s appointment

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
On February 17, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and held that a guardian has the authority to continue a dissolution of marriage proceeding that was originally initiated by a ward.

New changes in child support law; P.A. 91-677

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
In a move to remedy some of the problems that have troubled the State Disbursement Unit for child support since its creation, Gov. George H. Ryan recently signed into law Public Act 91-677.

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.

Legislature concurs with amendatory veto, fails to override other veto

February
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
During the veto session, the General Assembly agreed to Gov. Ryan’s amendatory veto of House Bill 421, which amends the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
December
1999
Column
Page 632
One new rule clarifies notice-of-appeal filings in criminal cases...

Correspondence from Our Readers

November
1999
Column
Page 566
More on modifying custody

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
November
1999
Column
Page 570
Watch out, HMOs.

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.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
October
1999
Column
Page 514
Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.

Distribution at Divorce of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Disability Awards

By Debra DiMaggio and Cindy Huang
September
1999
Column
Page 494
The authors note that several Illinois courts have distributed awards for strictly personal damage (i.e., pain and suffering) disproportionately to the injured spouse on divorce even when the cause of action arose during marriage.

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.

A Practical Guide to Illinois’ New QILDRO Law

By Ronda D. Taylor Glenn and Michelle R. Mosby-Scott
July
1999
Article
Page 354
The QILDRO law, which provides for dividing state and local public pensions at divorce, took effect July 1. Here's the lowdown.

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.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
March
1999
Column
Page 126
The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.

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.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
December
1998
Column
Page 658
RICO and privacy and fraud (and family law), oh my!

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