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Parenting Plans after the New Parentage Act and IMDMA

The Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 drastically changed the practice of family law in Illinois by updating concepts and terminology consistent with societal changes over recent decades. At IICLE’s “Parenting Plans After the New Parentage Act and IMDMA”, learn how to practically implement these numerous changes. This innovative program is sure to provide attendees with a full day of interactive learning that will provide clarity about the new Act and help them serve their family law clients better. Bring your toughest case scenario and get drafting advice from the experts!
  • Product ID: P1020-16u
  • Original Program Date: 9/8/2016 8:30 AM

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Parenting Plans after the New Parentage Act and IMDMA           

Welcome & Announcements by Program Co-Moderators
Gunnar J. Gitlin, The Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock
Jacalyn Birnbaum, Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, Chicago

Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act 2015 Amendments, including “Technical Corrections”
We will discuss what changed and wasn’t changed … and WHY?! 
P. André Katz, Katz & Stefani, LLC, Chicago

Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 and the 2016 Technical Corrections:  How this Act is Integrated with the IMDMA
This session will discuss the modifications to the Parentage Act of 2015 as set forth in House Bill 4447. It will also cover the highlights of the Parentage Act and the application between the Parentage Act and the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities in the IMDMA.
Margaret A. Bennett, Bennett Law Firm, LLC, Oak Brook

The Dual Best Interest Factors:  Allocating Parental Responsibility Versus Parenting Time
Parental Allocations are determined based on the statutory factors – which have changed and are not the same for parenting time and decision making.  Learn the differences and similarities, and why they may be critical in your next case.
Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

Stability of “Custody Awards” is No More:  A Discussion of The Practical Differences Regarding the Changes to the 600 Series and Real Life Implications for Your Client and the Children
With the Family Law Rewrite and the Technical Corrections, the language has changed far beyond just the name.  One of the critical elements of Illinois divorce law since 1987 had been granting stability to custody awards.  Especially with the changes to Section 610.5(a) [the within two years portion of the statute that now allows modifications without a showing of a reason to believe that there is serious endangerment for modifications regarding parenting time], essentially the stability element is no longer part of Illinois law.  Learn about the real life implications for your client and children in divorce and parentage cases.
Gunnar J. Gitlin, The Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock
Stephanie A. Kasten, The Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock

Restrictions on Parenting Time 
As caretaking functions expand and restriction battles become far more important, how do these changes impact your parenting plans?
Jacalyn Birnbaum, Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, Chicago

Court-Mandated Counseling
This presentation explores the statutory authority, objectives and effectiveness of court ordered counseling. It also provides an overview of guidelines for court-involved therapy.
Amy L. Gertler, Mediate North Shore P.C., Northbrook

The Ethics of Temporary Parenting Plans
This session will focus on the all-important 120 day rule and its impact on parenting plans.  Also, what effect will mandated settlement offers have on your practice (0.25 Professional Responsibility Credit)
Jacalyn Birnbaum, Birnbaum, Haddon, Gelfman & Arnoux, LLC, Chicago

Abuse and Modification of Allocated Parenting Time
This session will focus on the statutory changes in this area as well as key areas attorneys should focus on when dealing with this issue.
Adam C. Kibort, Grund & Leavitt, P.C., Chicago

The Problematic Relocation Statute:  Drafting Relocation-Friendly Parenting Plans (Why We are Not Following Best Practices Built into the Law) (0.75  Professional Responsibility Credit)
Of the changes to the 600 Series of the IMDMA, we posit that the relocation statute is the most problematic.  Problems include: 1) the definition using internet mapping as to what constitutes 25 or 50 miles; 2) the fact that a move beyond the borders opens up potential modification of both allocation of parenting responsibilities / parenting time; 3) the ambiguous nature of the statute regarding what occurs once one serves a written notice of relocation and the non-relocating parent does not sign the notice (with the questions including the burden of proof, etc.).  Next we will address the flexibility allowed and encouraged in our parenting plans to incorporate language that could water down or mitigate the harm that some of the problematic language of the statute could wreck.  We will conclude by addressing the best parts of the new relocation statute which incorporated the expansion of the Eckert factors into the factors that had been previously fleshed out by Illinois case law.
Gunnar J. Gitlin, The Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock

The Top 10 Most Important Considerations When Drafting Parenting Agreements and Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions
Bring your most difficult scenarios and get advice from the experts!
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