Communication with our clients is the best way of assuaging our client’s concerns and easing their fears, and symbiotically, just good marketing of your practice.
A summary of what Family Law Section members can expect in the coming year, from new Chair Rory Weiler.
An introduction to this issue from Editor Matthew Kirsh.
Parental rights to engage therapy for a minor child and the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act
One of the many conundrums faced in the family law practice is the seemingly ubiquitous situation where your client decides that the children need professional help in dealing with the issues arising out of the divorce, and the other parent believes that counseling, therapy or whatever moniker you wish to assign to it is contrary to the children’s best interests. In the past, in the absence of a parenting agreement or custody order, there was no clear guidance from the IMDMA or the courts as to which parent’s choice controlled, if any.
Property acquired in contemplation of marriage
In deciding whether property is marital or non-marital for purposes of allocation and division under the terms of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the statute itself is sometimes less than helpful.
Supreme Court Rule 191
Rule 191 pertains only to Motions for Summary Judgment, Motion for Involuntary dismissal based upon certain defects or defenses, and Motions to Objection of Jurisdiction Over the Person, and defines the requirements for the affidavits which must accompany the responses to those motions.
When does representation end?
Often, notice of a new court proceeding is given to the previous attorney and not to the previous party. But is that notice sufficient?
Who is going to pay for college?
College expenses can really add up. This article offers some considerations when attempting to determine how parents can split the costs.
Who’s your daddy? Challenges to voluntary acknowledgments of paternity
The VAP has the full force and effect of a judgment and provides a basis for seeking child support without further proceedings to establish paternity. After the presumption of paternity created by a VAP becomes conclusive, ratification of paternity in a judicial proceedings is neither required nor permitted.