Tag Archives: Appeal

Hard Cases Make Bad Law: Recent Trends in College Education Decisions

I recently read an article on the differences in how Illinois appellate courts are split on whether or not a child of divorce has “standing” (legal term for the right to be in court asking for something) to enforce the college education provisions in his or her parents’ divorce decree.  What does this mean in […]

Top Ten Myths in Illinois Divorce Cases [Myth #9]

Myth: If I don’t like the outcome of my divorce trial, I can always modify it. The answer is, generally not.  Once a judgment is entered as a  result of a contested trial, child support and maintenance are not modifiable unless there is a substantial change in circumstances that is proved in an evidentiary hearing, […]

I’m Dissatisfied with the Trial Court’s Decision – What Can I Do?

The trial court judge issued a final judgment in your dissolution of marriage case disposing of all outstanding issues between you and your former spouse.  However, you are unhappy with the judgment for any number of reasons.  Perhaps you are disappointed that the court awarded you and your former spouse joint custody of your children […]

Breaking Law in Illinois: Social Security Income Not Exempt from Payment of College Expenses

The Second District Appellate Court recently found that social security disability income can be used to satisfy an obligor’s duty to fund college expenses. In re Marriage of Truhlar, 2010 WL 3667117 (2nd Dist. Sept. 17, 2010), the parties had agreed, at the time of their divorce in 1994, to contribute to the cost of […]