Mark R. Ashton (vaccinated)

This week both the Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times reported on a case in Chicago where a court decided whether a parent who was unvaccinated against COVID-19 could continue to visit with her 11-year-old child.  The judge initially ruled that visits would be suspended.  The news reports indicate that the

On May 26, the Superior Court issued an en banc ruling addressing whether a Court can order a child custody litigant to turn over records of her treatment compiled in the context of a MHPA proceeding.  The unanimous decision of the nine-judge panel was that those records were not subject to disclosure.

The opinion appears

As we have all witnessed, ours is an age when grandparent duties transcend “Saturday” night. Historically, Saturday was grandparent night when parents would have their night out.  Sadly, the explosion in substance abuse among young and middle age adults has forced many older couples to choose between taking their grandchildren in or seeing them placed

Father adopted a child with mother.  Mother died two year later.  Father remarried the stepmother in 2012, with whom this litigation took place.  Stepmother adopted the child a year later.  The marriage lasted less than a year. A custody agreement was formed.  In June 2015, father filed for primary custody and mother counterclaimed for the

Imagine being a kid; any age over four.  Unless you are well north of age 100, you have never seen anything like this.  Adults fighting about everything and demonstrating some levels of rudeness not seen since the school bussing controversy in the 1970s where people fought in the streets over whether or how to promote

It’s not really an important case.  And it’s not a precedential case.  Yet, I couldn’t resist offering a summary because of the names involved.  The legal community has been struggling with the issue of keeping names of parents and children out of case reports.  As we have written, there is policy reason in favor of