Tools and Tips for Litigating Contested Adoptions (02/10/22)

This seminar will discuss tools and tips for moving contested adoptions forward. Topics include consolidation of parallel custody cases, discovery and motion practice to narrow the issues, tips for early resolution, and what to expect procedurally if you do proceed to trial. Practitioners, Guardian Ad Litems, and Judges will provide diverse perspectives on these often complex cases.

Topics and Speakers: 
Consolidating Parallel Custody Cases
Addressing the Putative Father Registry
Denise J. Patton, Fellow of Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorney

Parentage from the Birth Parent’s Perspective
Visitation/Custody Orders as a Path for Settlement
Laura SB Vallejo, Managing Attorney, Parentage and Child Support Advice Desk, Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc.

Discovery Tools and Using the Procedural Rules to Move Your Case Forward
Paul W. Barbahen, O'Brien & Barbahen

Motion Practice
Preserving Issues for Appeal
Clarke M. Gillespie, III, Gillespie Law Group, LLC

Scope of Discovery
Entertaining Motions for Summary Judgment
Fitness v. Best Interests
Practice Tips
Hon. Maureen Ward Kirby, County Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Patrick T. Stanton, Associate Judge, County Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

Moderator: 
Tiffany A. Horstein
, Family Forward Law, Vice-Chair, CBA Adoption Law Committee, ISBA Child Law Section Council

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