91st General Assembly
Summary of HB0377
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ATTORNEYS-REPRESENT CHILD                                                  

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act  and      
   the  Illinois  Parentage  Act  of  1984.  Replaces existing provisions      
   regarding the appointment of an attorney to represent a child  with  a      
   provision  authorizing  the  court  to  appoint,  in  a case involving      
   support, custody, visitation, education, parentage, property interest,      
   or general welfare of a child, either (i) an attorney to represent the      
   child, (ii) a guardian ad litem for the  child,  or  (iii)  a  child's      
   representative who will have the same power and authority to take part      
   in  the  conduct of the litigation as does an attorney for a party and      
   who will possess all the powers of investigation and recommendation as      
   does a guardian ad litem.  Provides for the appointment of  more  than      
   one attorney for a child and for the payment of fees and costs for the      
   appointed person.                                                           
          FISCAL NOTE (Dept. of Children and Family Services)                  
          There is no measurable fiscal impact.                                
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
        Provides that the court may not order payment of  attorney  costs      
   and  fees  by  the Illinois Department of Public Aid in cases in which      
   the Department is providing child and spouse  support  services  under      
   Article X of the Illinois Public Aid Code.                                  
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0410

   Last action date: 99-08-06

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   1


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