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AAP Issues New Guidelines on Child Car Seats

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

As a parent, you do all you can to keep your kids safe while at home or on the road. While it may seem as though official opinions on how to make your kids safest while they ride in the car are always changing, it’s important to follow the latest recommendations so that your… Read More »

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What Are Factors that Make a Will Contest More Likely to Occur?

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

Will contests can be drawn-out, ugly battles among loved ones that do long-term harm to family unity. As you’re creating your estate plan, you’ll likely want to minimize aspects of your will that could cause conflict between family members, or at least prepare your heirs in advance for what they can expect to see… Read More »

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Illinois Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Statute Covering Kids’ College Expenses in Divorce Cases

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

Illinois divorce law includes various rules and procedures as to how child support payments are calculated and apportioned in divorce proceedings.  Section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act covers payment obligations for educational expenses.  An Illinois court recently determined that the statute was unconstitutional as applied to a particular parent. … Read More »

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Executor Distribution of Assets: Help by Consolidating Your Estate

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

Ever have to move or downsize your possessions? Many people find it hard to go through a lifetime of belongings and decide what to keep and what to get rid of, and whether to gift items to specific individuals, donate them to charity, or simply throw them out. Now imagine if you are required… Read More »

Lawmakers in Illinois are considering to change child custody laws that would change division of child custody.

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 »

Get familiar with common divorce legal terms.

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

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

Common Divorce Legal Terms 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… 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 »

When declaring bankruptcy, reaffirming debts can prevent discharge of debts.

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 »

Attorneys dispel myths about bankruptcy.

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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