West Suburban Collaborative Practice Group – June 4th Recap with Article

Attorneys Margaret Bennett and Darcy Chamberlain presented together to the West Suburban Collaborative Practice Group on June 4th on Serving the Best Interests of a Child With Significant Developmental Delays. Ms. Bennett discussed Section 513.5 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which provides support for non-minor disabled children. How to best draft an Allocation Judgement and Marital Settlement Agreement to preserve and protect the disabled child in divorce proceedings. Ms.Chamberlain discussed establishing special needs trusts and the guardianship process for the disabled child. 

Please take some time to read this article about serving the best interest of the child.

West Surburban Collaborative Law Practice Group – June 4th 2020

Bennett Law Firm is pleased to announce that Margaret Bennett will be a featured speaker at the West Suburban Collaborative Law Practice Group on June 4th. Ms. Bennett, a fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois,  will be presenting on her recently published article in the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter about representing parents of children with special needs.  Fellow Attorney Darci Chamberlain will add to this discussion regarding her experience with creating Trusts for this special population.
As President John F. Kennedy said “we can say with some assurance that, although children may be the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.”

Margaret Bennett’s Upcoming Speaking Events: Spring & Summer 2017

With the new year in full swing and the new Illinois Child Support Guidelines coming into effect in July, 2017, Margaret Bennett has been scheduled to help educate Illinois attorneys across the state on the new ways Illinois Courts will calculate child support. The following are the upcoming events Ms. Bennett will be speaking at this Spring and Summer:

-March 2, 2018: ISBA Chicago Regional Office

-April 20, 2017: McHenry County Bar Association’s 5th Annual Networking & Educational Forum

-April 28, 2017: Jackson & Williamson County Bar Association’s Joint CLE Program, Hosted by Southern Illinois University Law School

-May 11, 2017: Kane County Bar Association’s 2017 Family Law Seminar

-May 16, 2017: Will County Bar Association

-May 18, 2017: Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Chicago

-June 9, 2017: Institute for Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Bloomington

To learn more about the changes to child support guidelines, please see Ms. Bennett’s Article in the ISBA December 2016 Bar Journal.