Tag Archives: Illinois Appellate Court

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 […]

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 […]

Unique Jurisdictional Issues in Multi-State Child Support Modification Cases

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court has now decided where a child support modification case must proceed when the parents live in different states. The increasing mobility of our society often creates jurisdictional contests when one or both parents relocate after a divorce and one of them initiates litigation over child […]