Section Newsletter Articles From James R. Covington, III

Rewrite of Illinois’ Marriage Act By James R. Covington Bench and Bar, September 2013 A summary of HB 1452, which is a complete rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that may be acted on in the Fall veto session.
Proposed change in juror fees By James R. Covington Bench and Bar, September 2009 House Bill 4002 (Mathias, R-Buffalo Grove) did not pass this spring but probably will be reintroduced in 2010. It has two main components. First, it replaces the current “jury-demand fee” with a “juror-fund fee.” This new “juror-fund fee” is assessed against the plaintiff and defendant in most civil actions to pay for an increase in juror pay. Second, it changes how jurors are called and excused.
Illinois’ new child welfare law By James R. Covington, III Child Law, February 1999 In conjunction with or at any time after the filing of a 2-13 petition, the state's attorney, the guardian ad litem, or DCFS may file a motion requesting a finding that reasonable efforts to reunify a minor with his or her parent or parents are no longer required and should cease.
Illinois’ new child welfare law By James R. Covington Child Law, January 1999 Public Act 90-608, which became effective 6-30-98, makes significant changes to child welfare in Illinois, partially in response to the requirements of the federal government.

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