On September 27, 2011, I attended the Homeland Security Education Center (“HEC”) Dedication at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. The HEC is a 65,000 square foot building that houses classrooms for students earning degrees or certificates in programs such as Criminal Justice or Fire Science. It is also used as a multi-jurisdictional training center for the College’s Police Department and regional and national emergency first response agencies.
One of the many great things included in the HEC building is the World Trade Center Memorial. The College of DuPage was one of few that received part of a beam from the World Trade Centers. A wonderful video captured the day the beam was delivered and installed, and last night, it was honored by all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4geD7xqtWY
On September 20, 2011, the Honorable Linda E. Davenport presented to the DCBA’s Family Law Committee the new Financial Disclosure Statement. It is the end result of many years of collaboration and hard work. The new Financial Disclosure Statement was prepared to resolve the inconsistencies between the various counties of Illinois that require a Financial Disclosure Statement. Some counties did not/do not have such a requirement contained in their respective Local Court Rules, however soon all counties in Illinois will use the new form.
The new Financial Disclosure Statement is expected to be a statewide form once it is approved by the Illinois Supreme Court. And when approved, parties of a domestic relation (family law) case in all counties of Illinois will need to comply, complete, and exchange a Financial Disclosure Statement. The new form can be found on the DuPage County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s website: http://www.dupageco.org/CourtClerk/CourtForms.aspx.
The holiday season is about to begin! This is a great time to contact your mediator to schedule an appointment to discuss the upcoming holiday schedule.
Why is this important? A few reasons. The Courts do not, I repeat, do not like to receive an “emergency motion to modify holiday visitation”. I have heard judges inform litigants that the holidays come each and every year and therefore waiting until the last minute to schedule or resolve holiday visits does not constitute an “emergency.”
Utilizing mediation at the begining of the holiday season not only saves you money (as the fees will be drastically cheaper than calling an attorney to draft a pleading and appear in court) it also helps families approach the holiday season with a bit less stress than usual.
The holidays should be a time to enjoy your family and to give thanks for your family. Mediation can help families keep that positive outlook. In mediation, families work out their issues in a neutral encouraging environment and thus the holiday season can start on a positive note.
Annual meetings with a mediator is a great way to monitor the progress of your children and family. As the children grow, so do the issues that need to be resolved. Developing a positive attitude about your family’s transitions and the ability to resolve issues respectfully will help you nurture your family and teach your children valuable lessons about resolving disputes amicably.