January 28, 2009
In re MARRIAGE OF PATRICIA G. ) Appeal from the
HARRISON, n/k/a Patricia G. Tassone, ) Circuit Court
) Cook County.
JAMES D. HARRISON, JR., ) Honorable
) Helaine Berger,
Respondent-Appellee. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE QUINN delivered the opinion of the court:
Respondent, James D. Harrison, Jr. (James), filed a petition to transfer custody of the
parties’ youngest daughter, Jenna Harrison, from petitioner, Patricia G. Tassone (Patty), to
himself. After a hearing, in which the circuit court noted that James had taken actions to alienate
Jenna from Patty, the circuit court denied James’s petition to transfer custody. The circuit court
subsequently entered an order denying Patty’s petition for attorney fees and costs. On appeal,
Patty contends that the circuit court abused its discretion by denying her petition for attorney fees
The parties have three children: Jimmy, born on March 5, 1987; Brittany, born March 13,
1989; and Jennifer (Jenna), born March 14, 1992. The parties were married on July 6, 1985, and