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Illinois State Legislature Debates Law Mandating Equal Division of Parenting Time

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Illinois lawmakers are currently considering a law that would change how Illinois family courts divide child custody between divorcing or separating parents. The law would change the state’s parenting time laws to reflect a co-parenting model, with a presumption that parenting time should be divided equally between parents. The proposed law has garnered positive… Read More »

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Glossary of Common Terms You’ll Read in an Illinois Divorce or Custody Dispute

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

  If you’re going through a divorce or dispute with an ex over child custody, you may have tried to conduct your own research or read through the legal documents related to your case, only to find your head swimming as you tried to decipher unfamiliar legal terminology. Below, you’ll find definitions for terms… Read More »

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Courtroom Etiquette During a Divorce

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

For many people, a divorce is the first time they’ve spent any substantial amount of time in a courtroom. Many people are intimidated by spending time in a courtroom, unsure of how to behave before a judge or interact with courtroom staff. Rules of courtroom etiquette are important, but they aren’t complex. Below, learn… Read More »

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What You Should Know about Debt Reaffirmation

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

There are certain decisions you’ll need to make during your Chapter 7 bankruptcy case that can have a big impact on your financial future after your case has concluded. One of these decisions is whether or not to reaffirm certain debts. Learn more about debt reaffirmation and the pros and cons of reaffirming debts… Read More »

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Truth or Fiction? Getting to the Bottom of Common Bankruptcy Myths

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Bankruptcy is a widely-misunderstood process. While some people would have you believe that the process is simple, painless, and consequence-free, others claim that it’s destructive and will leave you permanently marked as someone who doesn’t pay off their debts. Neither extreme is entirely true. To give yourself a better sense of whether you’re a… Read More »

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Moving Your Child to a New School Due to Divorce

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Divorce can be hard on children for countless reasons—the upheaval from their routine, the pain of watching their parents bicker and break up, the uncertainty surrounding what their lives will look like now that their parents no longer live together. Children may rely on their friends and classmates for support during a divorce, but… Read More »

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Factors to Consider when Choosing a Family Law Attorney

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

There are few legal issues that will have as personal an impact on your life as will a divorce or dispute over your child’s custody. These relationships are your most personal, and the decisions that will be made by the judge presiding over your case can have permanent life-altering effects not only on you,… Read More »

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How Will My Divorce Be Affected by a Bankruptcy Filing?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Divorce and bankruptcy often go hand in hand. Couples who are under severe financial strain often have difficulty in their relationship and find themselves considering filing for divorce and bankruptcy around the same time. If you’re considering both divorce and bankruptcy, it’s important to first understand the consequences of receiving a divorce settlement during… Read More »

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Helping Your Children Feel at Home while Sharing Custody

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

It can be hard on your kids to switch houses regularly due to a shared custody arrangement. However, there are ways that you as their parent can make your kids feel comfortable and at ease in your home, however long they spend there. Read on for ways to help your kids feel at home…. Read More »

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How do Asset Chapter 7 Bankruptcies Work?

By Johnson Westra Boecker Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. |

Chapter 7 is sometimes known as “liquidation bankruptcy,” as it gives the bankruptcy trustee the right to liquidate any non-exempt assets owned by the debtor and use those funds to satisfy creditors. If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, you may be concerned about the liquidation process and wonder if that means you’ll be forced… Read More »

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