Tag Archives: Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

NHL Lockout Affects Support Proceedings

Article originally appeared in the September 25, 2012 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin written by Thomas F. Villanti and Evan D. Whitfield At 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 16, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players Association expired without a new agreement in place, causing the owners to lockout the […]

Is it Really Easier to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

A New Law Penalizes Parents Who Violate Visitation Orders On August 21, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3823 into law.  The law gives judges the authority to suspend driver’s licenses, impose fines and order jail time for people who deny non-custodial parent visitation rights without having good cause.  Although the court can reinstate […]

Don’t Delay Seeking College Contribution from Your Ex-Spouse

One of the issues typically reserved in contested divorce cases is who will pay the children’s college after they graduate high school.  Typically, most Marital Settlement Agreements will reserve this issue for determination at a later date, primarily because it is difficult to forecast how each party’s financial circumstances will look when the children ultimately […]

First Divorce Filing For Same Sex Couple in Illinois

As of June 1, 2011, same-sex couples are permitted to apply for civil union licenses under the new Civil Union Act.  On the same historic date, another same-sex couple was filing for a divorce. On Wednesday, June 1st, Mark Bayer filed his Petition for Dissolution at the Peoria County Courthouse, the first of two such […]

Electronic Visitation in Illinois

In Illinois, as in most states, a non-custodial parent is entitled to reasonable visitation with his or her child absent some compelling evidence showing that visitation would endanger that child’s physical, mental or emotional well being.  Historically, visitation has been face-to-face or telephone contact between parent and child at agreed upon times.  However, with technology […]

Going After Overdue Child Support

The age old problem of enforcing a parental duty of support for children has evolved in recent years from a burdensome and often futile effort into a very successful process because of some very sharp extra-judicial teeth.  Denial of a driver’s license or a hunting or fishing license, federal interception of tax refunds, rejection of […]