CASA: Specialized advocates for medically at-risk kidsBy Stefanie L. CooleyMay 2013Children who are medically fragile or those having special, medical needs are provided an advocate able to comprehend the medical diagnoses and convey to the courts the meaning behind medical terminology.
Changes to the Adoption Act intended to reduce time to terminationBy Anne BartoloDecember 2013Late last summer, the Illinois Legislature passed SB 1686, amending the Adoption Act by changing the measuring time frame for parents to make reasonable progress toward their Court-ordered services in order to avoid termination of their parental rights.
Navigating Juvenile CourtBy Bridget L. SchottMarch 2013An overview of juvenile law, for those attorneys who may be unfamiliar.
Post-majority support for education in IllinoisBy Jennifer WoodAugust 2013While support for college expenses is regularly included in a Judgment for Dissolution, Illinois case law is inconsistent regarding the correct measure of a parent’s financial obligations.
Raising the age of adult criminal prosecutionsBy Betsy ClarkeMay 2013The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission has recommended raising the misdemeanor age to include 17-year-old youth charged with felony offenses (but not violent felonies subject to automatic transfer to adult court).
VAP—Standing to challengeBy David HouseDecember 2013The Illinois Supreme Court will decide this term whether the State has standing to file a motion to declare the nonexistence of a parent child relationship.