Author Archives: Michael R. Galasso

Michael R. Galasso

About Michael R. Galasso

Michael Galasso joined Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP in 2000 following a successful and distinguished career as an attorney and jurist. He handled complex family law cases including disputed child custody matters and also mediated such cases. *1936-2015

When is Income, Income? A Rhetorical Question. Not in Illinois.

The Illinois Supreme Court proclaimed that family courts are not bound by the Internal Revenue Service definition of income in establishing or setting a child support order. In 2004, in the case of In Re Marriage of Rogers, the Supreme Court reversed two Appellate Court decisions that had previously ruled that the Internal Revenue Service […]

The History of the Guardian Ad Litem

Years ago, courts primarily used a Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) in adoption and paternity cases.  The significance and importance of a GAL was espoused by the Illinois Appellate Court in Pavia v. Marshall.  In 1991, Mr. Pavia filed a petition for non-paternity against Ms. Marshall regarding her daughter.  Although she was properly served, Ms. Marshall […]