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2020 Articles

Can I Date Without Losing My Maintenance? By Jordan Rosenberg, Shana Vitek, & James Quigley June 2020 The meaning of "cohabitation" under section 510 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act is not defined and, as a result, the concept has been frequently litigated and continues to change as the caselaw evolves.
Chair’s Column By Michael Strauss June 2020 A note from the outgoing chair, Michael Strauss.
Chair’s Column By Michael Strauss May 2020 A note from the chair, Michael Strauss.
Chair’s Column By Michael Strauss April 2020 A note from the chair, Michael Strauss.
Chair’s Column By Michael Strauss March 2020 A note from the chair, Michael Strauss.
Chair’s Column By Michael Strauss February 2020 A note from the chair, Michael Strauss.
Chair’s Column By Michael Strauss January 2020 A note from the chair, Michael Strauss.
COVID-19 Shutdowns Cause ‘Horrifying Surge’ in Domestic Violence, According to the United Nations By Masah S. SamForay May 2020 As stay-at-home and shelter-in-place became our new normal, alarming reports of a worldwide surge in domestic violence surfaced.
Diversity and Inclusion: Professionalism at Work in the Law By Marcus Dominguez & Judge Debra B. Walker June 2020 On February 25, 2020, as representatives of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Judge Debra B. Walker and Judge Diane M. Shelley led an open discussion with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers centered around diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace.
Do I Really Have to Pay for That?: Yakich v. Aulds and the Constitutionality of Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act By Max Bungert January 2020 A summary of Yakich v. Aulds, which looked at whether compelling divorced and unmarried parents to contribute to the educational expenses of their non-minor children is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
Fairness and Child Support in Illinois: Incompatible Goals or Unreasonable Expectations? By Nancy Chausow Shafer January 2020 A look at the income shares method of computing child support guidelines.
Lawyers in a Pandemic Ask: What Is Essential? By Theresa Beran Kulat, J.D. April 2020 A new way to look at your career as a family lawyer as you inevitably confront new situations.
No DNA for You! By Jessica Patchik March 2020 If a father has signed a voluntary acknowledgement, the Parentage Act does not give the court authority to order DNA testing after the fact.
Relocation By Erin Wilson April 2020 In In Re Marriage of Collingbourne, the Illinois Supreme Court further developed the five factors to balance in removal cases set forth in In re Marriage of Eckert.
Residential Parent Designation Ramifications Under the School Code By Fiona A. McCormick & Katherine A. McCollum June 2020 Putting together an allocation of parental responsibilities judgment takes a lot of time and consideration on the part of the attorneys and the clients.
SCOTUS Provides Guidance for Determining a Child’s ‘Habitual Residence’ Under the Hague Convention By Stephanie A. Capps June 2020 The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued an opinion holding that an actual agreement between the parties is not necessary to determine a child’s “habitual residence” under the Hague Convention.
SCOTUS Provides Guidance for Determining a Child’s ‘Habitual Residence’ Under the Hague Convention By Stephanie A. Capps May 2020 The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued an opinion holding that an actual agreement between the parties is not necessary to determine a child’s “habitual residence” under the Hague Convention.
Serving the Best Interests of a Child With Significant Developmental Delays By Margaret A. Bennett May 2020 When representing the parent of a child with developmental delays, it is essential to consider the additional and complex issues that should be addressed as consideration in a memorandum of understanding, GAL report, allocation judgment, or marital settlement agreement.
Staying Active, Healthy, and Productive at Home By Michael B. Hyman, E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., & Erin Clifford June 2020 Suggestions to better manage working from home during COVID-19.
Tips From the Couch: What Psychologists Want You to Know and Tell Your Clients By Katy Kraft March 2020 Tips from psychologists to help lawyers better advocate for their clients.
The Top 10 Things Court-Appointed Guardians ad Litem Wish Parents Knew Before Their First Meeting By Angel Traub February 2020 Ten things to review and discuss with clients to prepare them to meet with a guardian ad litem.
Under the IMDMA, What Is the Well-Being of a Companion Animal? By Angela Peters & David Hopkins February 2020 Effective January 1, 2018, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to allow parties going through a divorce to petition the court for sole or joint possession of companion animals.
Where’s the Equity? By Ron Cohen April 2020 A look at how Supreme Court Rule 13, 735 ILCS 5/2-1301, 735 ILCS 5/2-1302, 735 ILCS 5/2-1401, 750 ILCS 5/405, Supreme Court Rule 105, and the equitable powers inherent in all courts of general jurisdiction are used.
Zoom How-To By Maggie Bennett April 2020 A step-by-step guide to using Zoom for video conferencing.