(750 ILCS 50/20)
(from Ch. 40, par. 1524)
The provisions of the Civil Practice Law and
all existing and future amendments of that Law and the Supreme Court
Rules now or hereafter adopted in relation to that Law shall apply to
all adoption proceedings except as otherwise specifically provided in
Proceedings under this Act shall receive priority over other civil cases in
being set for hearing.
No matters not germane to the distinctive purpose of a proceeding
under this Act shall be introduced by joinder, counterclaim or
An appeal from a judgment order for adoption or other appealable orders
under this Act shall be prosecuted and heard on an expedited basis, unless good
cause for doing otherwise is shown.
In the event a judgment order for adoption is vacated or a petition for
adoption is denied, the court shall promptly conduct a hearing as to the
temporary and permanent custody of the minor child who is the subject of the
proceedings pursuant to Part VI of the Illinois Marriage
and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The parties to said proceedings shall be the
petitioners to the adoption proceedings, the minor child, any biological
parents whose parental rights have not been terminated, and other parties who
have been granted leave to intervene in the proceedings.
This Act shall be liberally construed, and the rule that statutes in
derogation of the common law must be strictly construed shall not apply
to this Act.
All defects in pleadings, either in form or substance, not objected
to prior to the entry of final judgment, shall be deemed to be
As to persons over whom the court had jurisdiction or persons
claiming under them, it shall be no basis for attack as to the validity
of an adoption judgment that the court lacked jurisdiction over some
other person or persons over whom it should have had jurisdiction. If,
upon attack by a person or persons over whom the court lacked
jurisdiction, or persons claiming under them, an adoption judgment is
set aside, it shall be set aside only insofar as it affects such person
The provisions of this Section shall apply to all cases pending on or after
July 3, 1994.
(Source: P.A. 89-315, eff. 1-1-96; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)