Author Archives: David H. Hopkins

David H. Hopkins

About David H. Hopkins

During his years of practice since 1969, Mr. Hopkins has specialized in formulating creative tax plans for clients. Over the decades, he has also had a substantial impact on improvements to laws affecting divorcing spouses. From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Hopkins chaired the ABA Tax Section's Domestic Relations Tax Simplification Task Force, which spearheaded the divorce tax reforms to the Internal Revenue Code that were enacted in the mid-1980s.

Protection of Animals Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act

Protection of animals in cases of domestic violence is not a topic discussed to often, but there are laws in place for such.  Effective January 1, 2008, a new remedy under Section 214 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act (“IDVA”) was established, captioned “Protection of Animals.”  This remedy reflects increasing awareness throughout the country of […]

Alimony in Lieu of Property

Under Illinois divorce law, the so-called “equitable distribution” principle (enacted in 1977) allows courts to allocate marital property in myriad ways.  The asset mix in the “marital pot” in numerous cases, however, does not lend itself to a percentage division that a court is likely to order (or on which the parties might ideally agree).  […]