Family Law Archives

Understanding what rights you have when you adopt in Illinois

During the past decade, more than 15,000 children across Illinois were adopted. As for the profile of the children that have been adopted during this time, they have come from all walks of life, are of all ages and from diverse parts of the state.

Foster care and adoption questions and answers

Are you interested in learning a bit more about foster care and adoption in Illinois? Below are a few common questions that people have. Adoption can be a time-consuming process, though a rewarding one, and it's important to know as much as possible along the way.

Why so many Illinois children are being cared for by grandparents

Minor children being cared for by their grandparents is not a new concept, although stark increases in this dynamic have occurred during the past 25 years. In fact, a 2010 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that, in the county as a whole, more than 5.7 million minors are being raised in households headed not by their parents, but by their grandparents.

What is emancipation of a minor?

One area of family law that is poorly understood is the emancipation of a minor. Broadly speaking, emancipation is the legal process through which an individual who has not reached the age of majority is able to separate from his or her parents. In doing so, the minor is no longer the responsibility of his or her parents, and they also are not able to lay claim to any of the minor's income.

Illinois judge pushes back on new abortion law

Illinois is once again at the center of a legal battle that is seen by many to be emblematic of some of the key divides between the liberal and conservative cultures throughout the country. A recently passed law made changes to long-standing statutes, compelling medical personnel who do not wish to perform a medical procedure because of personal reasons to refer a patient to a care provider who would perform the procedure. Now, a Winnebago County Circuit judge has sent down a preliminary injunction that would allow several clinics throughout the state to ignore the new law and refuse to refer patients or inform them of their medical options for controversial care such as abortion.

Illinois takes domestic violence seriously

Divorce can turn a bad situation even worse, especially if the relationship is already volatile. Sadly, in many cases, the initiation of a divorce can lead to instances of domestic violence. Illinois lawmakers recently took first-of-its-kind steps to address domestic violence of all kinds by requiring all workers in salons will be required to undergo training on how to respond to clients who confide in them about domestic violence. The law does not turn salon workers into mandatory reporters, but rather provides them with training on how to respond and encourage their clients to take appropriate steps to keep themselves and their children safe.

Update to Health Care Right of Conscience Act

Illinois is a fascinating state with an enormously diverse population, which can be both a great strength and a frustrating liability. While we are home to Chicago, one of the largest and most progressive cities in the country, there are many residents of Illinois whose beliefs and ethics are challenged by many progressive efforts.

When does family abduction occur?

Family abduction occurs much more often than it is reported or prosecuted, but that doesn't mean it isn't serious. If a parent takes children and keeps them without the other parent with custody knowing where they are, this is considered family abduction. While it can be family members other than a parent, in most cases, family abduction involves one parent concealing a child from the other.