Published in Chicago Lawyer on February 1, 2018 by Daniel R. Stefani
On November 30, 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court issued the opinion of In re the Marriage of Christine Goesel and Andrew Goesel, 2017 IL 122046. The Court held that attorney fees earned by a party’s lawyer in the normal course of representation for past services rendered are not “available funds” to be disgorged and paid to the opposing parties’ attorney within the meaning of Section 501(c-1)(3) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“the Act”).
In the recent 4th District Opinion of In Re Marriage of Theresa O’Hare and Ronald Stradt, the Court gave us some insight as to the definition of “minor modification” in Section 610.5(e)(ii) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”) which became effective January 1, 2016.
Published in Chicago Lawyer on May 1, 2017 by Daniel R. Stefani
For as long as I can remember, when it comes to custody issues in a divorce case, Cook County Local Rules have always required parties to mediate these issues. For almost 3 years now, Cook County Local Rules allow Courts to order litigants to mediation on financial issues. So far, it has been an effective way to resolve tough financial issues that would otherwise have gone to trial.