Tag Archives: Adoption

US Supreme Court Upholds Adoption Rights

As an adoptive parent, I could not have been more pleased to read the outcome of the case of V.L. v. E.L., announced by the United States Supreme Court on March 7, 2016.  In this case, the Court upheld a woman’s adoption of three children born to her same sex partner.  The opinion, which addresses […]

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 […]

Child Adoption or Abduction?

On Monday, a Greek couple was remanded into custody after being accused of abducting a child they call ‘Maria.’ As the search for the child’s biological parents continues, news of her story is spreading worldwide. The couple claims that they adopted the child with the permission of her biological mother. The couple admitted that their […]

Baby Veronica: Is it Possible to Mediate the Impossible?

With court battles that have now spanned several years and with a young child at the center of a debate between her biological father and her adoptive parents, last month an Oklahoma court ordered the parties into mediation to reach a resolution.  It seems an impossible resolution route to an already difficult and emotional battle. […]

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 […]