Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships in Illinois

//Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships in Illinois

CIVIL UNION PARTNERS HAVE RIGHTS OF THEIR PARTNER’S MINOR CHILDREN AS STEP PARENTS.

The child's father died. His ex-wife refused to let father's civil union partner see the child any longer. Father's civil union partner filed a petition for visitation and allocation of parental responsibilities as the child's step-parent. The Trial Court and the Appellate Court denied relief to the civil partner. The civil partner appealed to the [...]

NONBIOLOGICAL LESBIAN PARENT DOES HAVE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP

A same-sex married couple is divorced.   One of the couple, Dee, gave birth to a baby girl.  She was conceived through artificial insemination. Seven months later, the parties separated.  Dee filed a petition for dissolution.   She filed a petition to stop Ashlie (the other of the couple) from having a relationship with the child. The [...]

ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT LAW APPLIES

  Parties to a civil union had been legally married in Canada in 2003.  One party filed for divorce later in Illinois. They now lived in Illinois.  The court ordered the dissolution of their civil union. There is no retroactive application of the Civil Union Act.  Before the Act, the divorce court would not be [...]

BE SURE TO PROTECT YOURSELF IF YOU ARE LIVING TOGETHER AND NOT IN A CIVIL UNION OR MARRIAGE

  In the case of In re Marriage of Allen, 2016 IL App (1st) 151620, Husband and Wife had been married for less than 7 months when they each filed cross petitions for Divorce against each other.  Wife later wanted to add to her Petition the additional information that they had cohabited 13 years prior [...]