Joni and Friends, a Christian outreach ministry for the disabled founded more than 30 years ago, has formally announced its opposition to a United Nations disability treaty up for ratification by the U.S. Senate.
We are concluding our discussion of a recent Illinois Supreme Court case. The case is an unusual one for family lawyers, because it deals directly with circumstances that, to be honest, don't come up that often. A wife suffered severe injuries in a car accident during the marriage and became mentally disabled. Her husband's own health issues ended his guardianship of her, and their daughter took over. When the question of divorce arose, though, the daughter's role as guardian was not entirely clear.
Guardians have immense responsibilities and could have immense power over a person's affairs. The law, however, does not favor handing complete control of one person's life to another, so it includes safeguards. Court-appointed guardians, for example, must give the court a regular accounting of the ward's financial health and overall well-being. Family members or third-parties can challenge guardianships based on abuse of power.
The Illinois Supreme Court handed down a decision earlier this month that marks a significant shift in public policy. It also marks a profound victory for people with mental disabilities.
A new policy at the Department of the Treasury is under fire for what many believe will be a dire, if unintended, consequence. While the change looks like a neutral cost-savings effort at first glance, noncustodial parents -- in Illinois and every other state -- who are behind on their child support payments could pay the price.
Should the illness of one or both parents seeking child custody be considered when determining the best of interest of the children involved? A recent case says the answer is yes.