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Self-help books like attorney Boland's are a mainstay of many libraries because of the unique information they offer. Boland addresses parents frustrated in their efforts to secure child custody and visitation rights. In a well-organized text, she describes all the legal issues affecting the balance between the rights of parents and those of the child. Problems such as child kidnapping, financial support, and determining custody are discussed, and the author describes how child custody and visitation cases should be prepared and provides examples of various legal forms to help parents with their cases. An appendix offers a state-by-state summary of laws applicable to custody and child support. Though not an easy read for a self-help book, this work does contain important information to help prepare parents facing their own unique custody and visitation issues. Recommended for all public libraries.
-Patrick Mahoney, Kansas City P.L., KS
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Mary L. Boland received her law degree from John Marshall Law School. She practices in Illinois, serves as a consultant to the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime and is a member of the Victim's Rights Committee of the American Bar Association. Ms. Boland currently practices law and resides in the Chicago, Illinois area. Mary L. Boland is a prosecutor in the criminal appeals division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, Illinois. She has conducted nearly 200 appeals, over 40 oral arguments and supervised over 700 cases in Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. The courts have published opinions in more than 80 of her cases.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Boland represented nonprofit victim service organizations. She was a steering committee memberof the Illinois Crime Victims Constitutional Amendment Network (IL-VICAN), and worked on Illinois Crime Victims' Constitutional Amendment and the subsequent amendments to the Illinois Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act. Active on committees and boards, Boland is currently a Council Member for the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA and has previously served as Chair of its Victims Committee; she has also a former co-chair of the Victims Issues Committee of the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association. Boland is also a member of the Homeland Security Committee of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section, and participates in the Northern District of Illinois Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC). She is also a member of the committee which is developing the disaster-related continuity of operations plan (COOP) for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Boland has been an advisory board member on projects of the National Center for Victims of Crime, theCouncil of State Governments and the American Bar Association. She is a practitioner expert and peer-reviewed projects consultant for the Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office for Victims of Crime. She was a consultant on the National Crime Victim's Agenda Project and was a contributing author to New Directions from the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century (OVC 1998).