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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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Take a Thoughtful Approach to Talking with Your Kids about Your Divorce

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

    Telling kids about a split is no easy task. However, there are techniques you can employ that will make the conversation less painful. Read on for strategies on telling your kids about your divorce.   Be certain that the divorce will occur: Perhaps you’ve had a particularly tough fight with your spouse… Read More »

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Study Finds Restraints Critical in Protecting Child Lives in Accidents

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

When traveling in the car with your children, you take pains to ensure that they’re safely buckled into their seat or safety device before getting behind the wheel. Even when you make every effort to ensure that they are safely restrained, sometimes children can squirm loose or even unbuckle themselves. One study conducted by… Read More »

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The Phenomenon of Gray Divorce

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

While US divorce rates have been going down as a whole, rates continue to climb among those over 50. Experts suggest that changing social norms, coupled with longer life spans, have made older adults more willing to divorce when a marriage is no longer satisfying, even later in life. Additionally, many couples that got… Read More »

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Separating from Your Spouse in Illinois

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

Illinois is one of a handful of states that allows spouses to become legally separated. Legal separation is a formal process requiring you to file a petition before a court and attend a hearing along with your spouse. The judge will divide custody of your children between yourself and your spouse and separate you… Read More »

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Exercise Caution when Considering Debt Relief Programs

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

When you’re in substantial debt and are unable to keep up with payments, you may find yourself becoming increasingly desperate to find a way out. You may have begun researching debt relief or debt settlement companies, which promise an escape from your consumer debts with minimal impact on your long-term credit history. As with… Read More »

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Four Things to Know Before You Begin an Adoption

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

Depending on the type of adoption matter you have, there are several possibilities.  For example, if you are adopting through the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services [D.C.F.S.] or one of its contract agencies, there are several steps involved in just becoming an approved foster parent [licensed or unlicensed].  After parental rights have… Read More »

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