Equitable Adoption: Are Kids Parental Property in Illinois?By Jeffrey A. ParnessSeptember 2016Article, Page 36In In re Scarlett Z.-D., the Illinois Supreme Courtrefused to grant equitable adoption rights to a nonparent who had played a childrearing role. The author looks at the policy issues surrounding the role of nonparents in childrearing.
Collaborative ConflictBy Tiffany M. AlexanderAugust 2016Article, Page 32Look to mediation for ways to reduce misuse of the collaborative-law process, this author recommends.
DCFS expands and refines its terminologyAugust 2016Illinois Law Update, Page 18The Department of Children and Family Services ("DCFS") adopted amendments that change pertinent definitions to 12 Parts. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 300 (eff. May 16, 2016).
Making Post-Divorce Property Transfers Less TaxingBy Jessica BergerMay 2016Article, Page 36Under Section 1041 of the Internal Revenue Code, property transfers between ex-spouses are tax free if they happen within a year of divorce. But Section 1041 can also apply to some transfers that take place after a year. Here's how it works.
Dating, Maintenance, and MillerBy Leon I. Finkel and Katelyn A. BlanchardApril 2016Article, Page 34In a ground-breaking ruling, the second district in Miller found that an intimate dating relationship was not a de facto marriage that triggered termination of maintenance after divorce. The ruling is a step forward, the authors argue.
From the DiscussionsFebruary 2016Article, Page 32Should I call one of the kids to testify in a custody case? Can a lawyer contact the opposing party’s
family? Can my client get an extension of time to complete traffic school?
Child Support and College-Bound Children of DivorceBy Tiffany M. AlexanderJanuary 2016Article, Page 34The author explains how custodial parents are entitled to support payments for an emancipated child's expenses the summer before college and while on break.
An Overview of the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015By Margaret A. BennettDecember 2015Article, Page 28The new Act, effective January 1, is a complete rewrite of Illinois parentage law that reflects changes in cultural norms and reproductive technology in the past 30 years.