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Newsletter Articles From 2019

Another playing field to level By Kevin H. Saville May 2019 All family lawyers have receivables problems, and there can be a number of solutions if we think outside the box.
Beware! Drafting tips for post-Jan. 1, 2019 maintenance modification orders By Rory T. Weiler June 2019 Tips for the divorce lawyer seeking to take advantage of the new non-taxability law.
Burned out? Overwhelmed? Meet Dr. Diana Uchiyama and the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program By Mary F. Petruchius June 2019 An interview with Dr. Diana Uchiyama, the executive director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
Chair’s column By Heather Hurst June 2019 A note of thanks from the outgoing chair, Heather Hurst.
Chair’s column By Heather Hurst February 2019 A note from the chair, Heather Hurst.
Chair’s column By Heather Hurst January 2019 A summary of the changes and amendments made to the maintenance section of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, which became effective on January 1.
Creating an ethical and professional practice via office support staff By Sarah Taylor January 2019 One way to create and maintain an ethical and professional law firm is to properly train and supervise office support staff and create a positive working environment for them.
Does the decree provide for long-term success and stability? By Rob Zuiker March 2019 When you resolve a divorce for your client and the decree is finalized, are you confident that your client is now properly positioned for the next stage?
A few things to consider when your client or opposing party is an Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services client By Jessica Patchik April 2019 Tips for working with Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services clients.
Happy March, and almost spring! (Hopefully.) By Heather Hurst March 2019 A word about the 2019 ISBA Election from the chair, Heather Hurst.
Illinois Supreme Court reaffirms the continued viability of Eckert in relocation cases after the 2016 statutory amendments By Arnold F. Blockman June 2019 In In re Marriage of Fatkin, the Illinois Supreme Court dealt for the first time with the parameters of relocation under the January 1, 2016, rewrite of the Dissolution Act.
Is cryptocurrency the new Swiss bank account? By Janice L. Boback and Stephanie L. Tang March 2019 The basics of bitcoin trading and tips for lawyers to help protect and educate their clients.
Is it income? Depends who is counting By Richard D. Felice and Joseph M. Beck February 2019 After considering the new maintenance formula, the repeal of the Illinois deduction, and changes in section 505 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, attorneys are now confronted with an ever-changing landscape as to what defines a party's income for child support and maintenance calculations.
Meet your incoming chair By Heather Hurst May 2019 An introduction to the incoming chair of the Family Law Section Council, Michael Strauss.
A note from the incoming chair By Michael Strauss June 2019 A spotlight on the incoming chair of the Family Law Section Council, Michael Strauss.
Pro se may be a solution, but it’s also a symptom: A response to The Atlantic’s ‘The DIY Divorce’ By Michael G. Bergmann March 2019 Why self-representation is not always the answer when people cannot afford legal representation in a divorce.
Salvatore gums up child support modifications with new ‘what was contemplated?’ analysis By Wes Cowell April 2019 A summary of In re Marriage of Salvatore.
Seeking decision-making after an award of child support in parentage cases By Marilyn Longwell February 2019 A look at how section 802(c) of the Parentage Act has been interpreted.
Tips from an international family lawyer By David N. Schaffer May 2019 Insights, protocols, and lessons learned from one attorney's international practice.
Unintended consequences By William Scott March 2019 Summaries of cases that demonstrate the problems that arise when a client does not remove their ex-spouse as the beneficiary.
The use of document assembly software in family law By Wesley A. Gozia April 2019 Document assembly software is one way to help increase efficiency and accuracy in document preparation.