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Newsletter Articles From 2018

Chair’s column By Tamika Walker April 2018 A message from Family Law Section Chair Tamika Walker.
Chair’s column By Tamika Walker March 2018 Section Chair Tamika Walker shares her thoughts about pending legislation that, if passed, would affect family law.
Chair’s column By Tamika Walker February 2018 A message from Family Law Section Chair Tamika Walker.
Chair’s column By Tamika Walker January 2018 A message from Family Law Section Chair Tamika Walker.
Editor’s column By Matthew A. Kirsh February 2018 Editor Matt Kirsh points out an update to an article published last month in this newsletter.
HB 4113 – A giant step backwards By Bill Scott February 2018 Author Bill Scott argues HB 4113 effectively ignores the rights of the children of divorce and sets the progress made with the amended act back 30 years.
IRMO of Goesel: The Supremes have spoken! By Jeanne M. Reynolds January 2018 The Illinois Supreme Court recently resolved the burning issue of whether or not earned attorney fees are subject to disgorgement.
Making the record By Hon. Kevin T. Busch January 2018 While the reporter has a duty to take down all that is said, the true burden of making a record rests with us, the judges and attorneys. So what can we do to make a better record?
Mandatory Acknowledgement of Marital Responsibilities By Matthew A. Kirsh April 2018 Author Matt Kirsh satirically asks, "Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a form that both spouses are required to sign before obtaining a marriage license?"
New federal tax implications on maintenance payors and recipients By Stephanie Capps February 2018 Author Stephanie Capps provides a sample scenario to help determine the potential financial impact on divorcing parties when considering the combo of new maintenance guidelines and federal tax overhaul.
New maintenance guidelines for divorcing spouses By Stephanie Capps January 2018 As of January 1, 2018, new maintenance guidelines have taken effect in Illinois.
Personal goodwill: Can we limit the subjectivity? By James Arogeti, Tony Garvy, and Justin Pelock April 2018 Because goodwill is a catch-all asset, the authors opine that identifiable intangible assets can be identified, valued, and classified as personal or enterprise assets.
Pet custody is coming to Illinois: Who will get Fido in the divorce? By Marie K. Sarantakis March 2018 Effective January 1, 2018, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act nows require state courts to award custody of a marital companion pet after considering what is in the animal’s best interests.
Use of short-term guardianships to temporarily delegate parental decision-making By Sarah J. Taylor March 2018 If a power of attorney is not the ideal approach, what avenue does a parent have if he or she needs to temporarily and legally delegate parental authority over a child, such that schools, medical personnel, and others will recognize the delegation?
Use of short-term guardianships to temporarily delegate parental decision-making By Sarah J. Taylor February 2018 If a power of attorney is not the ideal approach, what avenue does a parent have if he or she needs to temporarily and legally delegate parental authority over a child, such that schools, medical personnel, and others will recognize the delegation? One option is a short-term guardianship under Illinois’ Probate Act of 1975.