Category Archives: In the News

WARNING: Facebook is Not Private, Especially in Divorce Litigation

Facebook is perhaps the largest and, at least among adults, the most frequently used social networking site.  Users willingly and regularly post information regarding friends, hobbies, locations, relationship status, likes/dislikes, interests, favorites, photos, and the like.  In many ways, a Facebook profile becomes a personal vault of information.  As a result of all the information […]

Damn The Contract, I Want To Use The Embryos

The Sofia Vergara / Nick Loeb fight over the frozen embryos they created has cast a public eye on very personal issues.  While their case is only beginning, I represent someone in Illinois who has been involved in the exact same fight for nearly five years, and who has already made the arguments Sofia will […]

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules that the “Equitable Adoption” and “Functional Parent” Theories Cannot be Raised By a Nonparent Seeking Custody of a Child

This past week, the Illinois Supreme Court delivered its long-awaited answer to a question which has been debated in the family law community for some time: does the doctrine of “equitable adoption” – first recognized by our Supreme Court in its 2013 decision in DeHart v. DeHart, 2013 IL 114137 – also apply in the […]

Governor Rauner Proposes Changes to Illinois Pension Plans in Budget Address

Governor Rauner proposes to cut billions of dollars from the State of Illinois’ next fiscal year’s budget.  The fiscal year in Illinois runs from July 1 to June 30th.  Approximately half of the funds cut are proposed to be due to cuts to Illinois Pension Plans.  The proposed budget cuts would have a significant impact […]

Private Conversations Protected Under New Illinois Eavesdropping Law

On December 30, 2014, Gov. Quinn approved new rules regarding how private conversations can be recorded following the Illinois Supreme Court’s decisions this past March in People v. Clark, 2014 IL 115776 and in People v. Melongo, 2014 IL 114852, which struck down Illinois’ prior eavesdropping law for being overly-broad. Illinois’ previous eavesdropping law was […]

A Guardian’s Standing to Request Authorization to File a Petition for Dissolution on Behalf of a Ward is Codified by the Illinois General Assembly

In March of last year, I authored a blog post, The Illinois Supreme Court Allows Guardians to File Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage on Behalf of Wards in Karbin v. Karbin, which commented on the then-recent landmark decision handed down by the Illinois Supreme Court in Karbin v. Karbin, 2012 IL 112815.  In Karbin, our State’s highest […]

A Major Blow to Obamacare? Depends on who you ask

In an odd twist, just hours apart, two Federal Appellate Courts came out with different answers to the same questions, regarding a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (also known as the “ACA” or “Obamacare”). The two Courts addressed the issue of whether or not the IRS could offer tax credits to individuals […]

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Separate in “Conscious Uncoupling”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced this week that they are ending their 11 year marriage. They termed their decision to separate as “conscious uncoupling.” While most people would just call it “divorce,” the fact that they were aware (i.e. conscious) of their need to separate for themselves and for their children is commendable. The […]

IRA, Roth IRA, MyRA, What’s a MyRA?

On January 28th, in his fifth State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the MyRA (rhymes with IRA). In his own words, “It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg. MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in.” While some additional details are […]

The Federal Government Recognizes the Validity of Utah Same-Sex Marriages

Within the past month, the eyes of the nation have focused on developments in Utah regarding the validity of same-sex marriage in that state, which are likely to have a major impact across the country. Shortly before Christmas, a federal judge struck down the State’s ban on same-sex marriage, finding that it violated the due […]