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Articles on Family Law

Representing Clients Under the New Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act By Jennifer Purcell February 2016 Article, Page 26 An overview of the groundbreaking Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Act and what it means for employers and employees.
Child Support and College-Bound Children of Divorce By Tiffany M. Alexander January 2016 Article, Page 34 The author explains how custodial parents are entitled to support payments for an emancipated child's expenses the summer before college and while on break.
Judicial registration and petitions for relief now available for administrative paternity orders January 2016 Illinois Law Update, Page 18 The Illinois Public Aid Code has been amended to provide for judicial registration of both administrative support and paternity orders.
An Overview of the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 By Margaret A. Bennett December 2015 Article, Page 28 The 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.
The New and Improved Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act By P. André Katz and Erin B. Bodendorfer November 2015 Article, Page 30 The rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, effective January 1, fundamentally changes family law practice. Here's a summary of key provisions.
Can I stop a pro se parent from filing repeated motions for custody? October 2015 Article, Page 23 Can I stop a pro se parent from filing repeated motions for custody?
Using Expert Testimony to Make the Case for Grandparent Visitation By Michael K. Goldberg October 2015 Article, Page 38 Thanks to a recent Illinois Appellate Court case, grandparents have a roadmap for using expert testimony to win court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren.
Dispute over the disposition of pre-embryos resolved by honoring the parties’ prior agreement September 2015 Illinois Law Update, Page 18 On June 18, 2013, the First District of the Appellate Court held that in disputes regarding the disposition of pre-embryos, the court would honor any prior agreement between the parties.
Solving for the X & Y: The Illinois Spousal Maintenance Guidelines By Jeffrey L. HIrsch September 2015 Article, Page 32 The Illinois spousal maintenance guidelines were enacted to provide clarity and uniformity in maintenance calculations. But they raise their own set of questions.
Custody of pre-embryos awarded to woman despite sperm donor’s objection By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 An Illinois court awarded custody and control of frozen pre-embryos to the woman whose eggs were fertilized to create them.
Family Law Rewrite Signed by Governor By Jim Covington August 2015 Article, Page 44 A far-reaching revision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is among the bills signed by the governor this session.
Illinois Supreme Court: Social Security can’t be used to offset pension at divorce By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 If a spouse gets a government pension instead of Social Security, can the pension be protected in a divorce settlement to offset the other spouse's Social Security? No, the Illinois Supreme Court held.
Whither domestic partner benefits in the wake of marriage equality? By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Now that all couples can marry, will companies continue to offer benefits to same-sex partners?
Family law rewrite goes to the governor By Matthew Hector July 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 After years of effort, a major reworking of Illinois family law passes the General Assembly.
Navigating Concurrent Personal Injury and Divorce Cases By Michael Alkaraki and Andrew Vaughn July 2015 Article, Page 32 Lawyers representing clients who are both divorcing and bringing a p.i. claim should work together.
New legislation brings Parentage Act up to date By Matthew Hector July 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 Among other things, a bill reworking the Parentage Act allows courts to refuse DNA testing that could deprive kids of their only known parent.
When is corporal punishment excessive? July 2015 Article, Page 30 Parents have the right to administer corporal punishment in Illinois, unless it's counter to the best interest of the child.
Calculating Maintenance When Income Is Hard to Determine June 2015 Column, Page 47 How do you apply the new maintenance formula when you can't determine income?
Illinois’ Maintenance Formula: News from the Trenches May 2015 Column, Page 45 How one court applied the new spousal maintenance formula.
Subject matter jurisdiction: The state constitution trumps the UCCJEA By Matthew Hector May 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 In McCormick, the Illinois Supreme Court rules in an interstate custody dispute that subject matter jurisdiction comes from the constitution, not from a statute.
Affidavits of Support: Another Option for Divorcing Immigrant Spouses By Molshree Sharma April 2015 Article, Page 32 In addition to seeking spousal maintenance, divorcing immigrants might have another, and perhaps better, way to seek support – suing to enforce the affidavit of support signed by their spouses.
Illinois law applies to custody proceedings when Illinois is the child’s home state under the UCCJEA March 2015 Illinois Law Update, Page 20 On December 23, 2014, the Fifth District Appellate Court held that Illinois law applies to custody proceedings when Illinois is the child's home state under the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act, 750 ILCS 36/101 et seq. ("UCCJEA")
The New Illinois Spousal Maintenance Law: Retroactive or Prospective? By Brian A. Schroeder January 2015 Article, Page 32 What changes under the new law apply retroactively - i.e., to maintenance awards entered before January 1 - and which apply only prospectively? Here's a point-by-point analysis.
Agent-Swapping POAs and More December 2014 Column, Page 596 Should a health care POA swap out agents after a triggering event?
Guardians may act as proxies for purposes of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act November 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 524 Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, if the guardian of a ward's estate or person petitions a court on behalf of the ward, the court may permit the guardian to file for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity for the dissolution of a marriage.
Fictive kin required to apply for licensure as a foster family home October 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 472 Under the Children and Family Services Act, child placements with fictive kin will soon be subject to new requirements.
Challenging Voluntary Acknowledgments of Paternity By Kelly M. Greco and Stephanie R. Hammer September 2014 Article, Page 432 Parties in juvenile and divorce cases sometimes want to challenge a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity under the Illinois Parentage Act. Find out when and why these efforts succeed.
Courts may award child support to non-custodial parents September 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 424 On June 19, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that section 505 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act allows courts to award child support to non-custodial parents.
More family members may petition for medical information under the Adoption Act September 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 424 This amendatory act to the Adoption Act adds several categories of people eligible to petition state courts for the appointment of a confidential intermediary to: (1) exchange medical and identifying information with mutually consenting biological relatives; and (2) arrange contact with consenting biological relatives.
Spousal maintenance guidelines become law in Illinois By Mark S. Mathewson September 2014 LawPulse, Page 418 A new law, effective January 1, removes uncertainty from most maintenance decisions by creating a formula for determining the size and duration of awards.