Thursday, July 18, 2013

Custody-Guardianship Appeal Opinion: In re A.M., 2013 IL App (3d) 120809

The attorneys at Bloomington Law Group LLC are well-versed in family law issues, including custody and guardianship law. Attorney Michelle N. Schneiderheinze made the firm proud, once again, with her work in the case of In re A.M., 2013 IL App (3d) 120809.


In proceedings arising from the adoption of three children by their maternal grandmother after the termination of their biological mother's parental rights, the trial court's grant of the guardianship petition filed by the children's maternal aunt was reversed on the ground that the order was void ab initio, since the trial court entered the order without first considering the parental fitness of the maternal grandmother, there was no evidence supporting a finding that the grandmother was unable or unwilling to parent the children, and jurisdiction to hear a guardianship petition exists only after a determination that a parent is unfit. 

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