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Opposes divorce legislation

Published: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The Illinois State Bar Association Special Committee on Collaborative Law opposes legislative passage of the Uniform Collaborative Act.

Some Illinois newspapers have written in favor of Illinois’ passage of the this act.

Under the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, divorcing parents agree to be bound by the Collaborative Law Act.

Under that act, the parties agree that they will resolve the case between themselves, but if either of them applies to the court for relief, then both attorneys must withdraw from the case, leaving both parties without a lawyer unless they act very quickly.

Recently, the past president of the Illinois State Bar Association, John Locallo, stated that he was opposed to legislative passage of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.

My opposition to the Collaborative Law Act is that when divorcing parties need their divorce lawyers the most, their lawyers must abandon them.

H. Joseph Gitlin


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