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Margaret A. Bennett

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Divorce & Separation

About Me

Margaret Bennett has more than 25 years of family law and divorce litigation experience. Ms. Bennett practices in DuPage, Cook, Kane and Will Counties, and serves as a Family Court Mediator and Guardian ad Litem for the DuPage County court system. Ms. Bennett is a specially trained Collaborative Law Attorney and offers Collaborative Law divorce.


Margaret Bennett received legislative appointment to serve on the Illinois Family Law Study Committee (2008 to present). The Illinois House of Representatives formed this committee to study and revise state law provisions relating to parentage, child support, spousal maintenance, the allocation of assets and child custody. Ms. Bennett also is an appointed member of the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee (2010 to present). This committee is charged with reviewing child support guidelines and making recommendations to the State legislature. Through presentations to this committee as well as the Chicago Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee and the Kane County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Ms. Bennett has promoted the adoption of the income sharing approach to determine child support, an approach currently used by 39 other states and the District of Columbia.


Margaret Bennett is an appointed member of the Family Law Section Council for the Illinois State Bar Association (2009 to present). She currently serves as chair of the Parentage Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council for the term 2014/2015. The Parentage Subcommittee drafted the proposed Parentage Act, filed as House Bill 1243 in January, 2014. Ms. Bennett testified before the Judiciary Committee of the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois on February 26, 2014 and April 8, 2014 on HB1243, the proposed Parentage Act of 2015. Additionally, Ms. Bennett is the Co-Chair of the Child Support Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council for the terms 2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2014/2015. She recently co-authored an article on multiple family issues and child support for the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Newsletter.


Margaret Bennett is an appointed member of the standing committee on Judicial Evaluations Outside Cook County for the Illinois State Bar Association (1997 to present). Ms. Bennett served as chair of the DuPage County Bar Association Family Law and Practice Committee for the terms 1997/1998 and 2011/2012.


Margaret Bennett is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including being recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2012-2015). Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of attorneys in the State of Illinois are selected to the Super Lawyers list. Ms. Bennett has also been named to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list (2012-2015) and the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers list (2013-2015) in the State of Illinois by Super Lawyers, as published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Chicago Magazine.


Margaret Bennett has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® since 1998, which is the highest rating available, and has also been named to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011 to present). Ms. Bennett received this highest recognition by her peers, bestowed only upon lawyers with the utmost legal ability and adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. In addition, Ms. Bennett attained the highest possible rating by AVVO.com, one of the leading lawyer rating websites.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Divorce & Separation: 100%
    33 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Judd S Nemiro

    Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Debra J Braselton

    Margaret has been a colleague of mine for many years and we have shared numerous divorce cases (as opposing counsel). Margaret is very well-respected in the legal community, by lawyers and judges alike. Margaret's knowledge of statutory and case law is unmatched. She knows her cases inside and out and is always prepared. Margaret is a strong advocate for her clients but also displays a high degree of integrity and courtesy toward her fellow lawyers. Top notch!

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    Debra Braselton Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bennett Law Firm LLC

2015 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL, 60523-3912

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive200208/30/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer in Family LawIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Top 50 Women Attorneys in IllinoisIllinois Super Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Attorneys in IllinoisIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Top 50 Women Attorneys in IllinoisIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer in Family LawIllinois Super Lawyers List2013
AV Preeminent for 15 YearsMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super Lawyer in Family LawIllinois Super Lawyers List2012
Named Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2010
Woman of the Year AwardThe International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England2008
Named Leading American AttorneyLeading Lawyers in America2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerBennett Law Firm, LLC1982 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisFellow2013 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2013 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice CommitteeChairperson2011 - 2012
State of Illinois Child Support Advisory CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Appointed by Illinois House of Representatives to Family Law Study CommitteeMember2008 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association Custody Evaluation CommitteeMember2007 - 2008
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisFellow2006 - 2011
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2006 - 2011
Society of English and American Lawyers, United KingdomMember2005 - Present
The Law Society, United KingdomMember2004 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Fee Arbitration CommitteeMember1997 - 1999
Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Judicial Advisory PollsMember1997 - Present
DuPage County Family Court Task ForceMember1997 - 2001
DuPage County Bar Association Family Law Mediation Rules CommitteeMember1996 - 1999
DuPage County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility CommitteeChairperson1996 - 1997
DuPage County Bar Association, Real Estate Law CommitteeChairperson1994 - 1995

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law NewsletterHouse Bill 6191 - The Illinois Parentage Act2012
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law NewsletterA Summary of Illinois House Bill 61912011
Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 88, December 2000Legal Practice Tips2000
Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 86 (Copyright assigned to West Law), September 1998The Real Estate Lawyer’s Divorce Primer (and the Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Real Estate)1998
DuPage County Bar Brief, November 1997Mandatory Matrimonial Fee Arbitration1997
Illinois Family Law Report, April 1997Another View of House Bill 365 (Leveling the Playing Field in Matrimonial Law)1997
Illinois Family Law Report, October 1996The Allocation of Stock Options Upon Dissolution of Marriage1996

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of Law, LondonN/AQLTTN/A
Loyola University of Chicago School of LawN/AJ.D.N/A
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science (with honors)N/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Association SeminarFuture of Child Support Calculations in Illinois: Income Shares vs Percentage of Income2013
Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee MeetingIncome Shares and Calculation of Child Support – Net Income2012
Illinois Child Support Advisory CommitteeWhy Illinois Should Retain the Net Income Approach When Determining Child Support2011
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council’s Mid-Year SeminarReal Estate Law for Divorce Attorneys2001
Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council’s Annual SeminarReal Estate Pitfalls Affecting the Divorce Practitioner2001
Illinois State Bar Association Real Property Section Council’s Annual SeminarWhat Every Real Estate Attorney Should Know About Divorce Law and What Every Divorce Attorney Should Know About Real Estate Law1998
DuPage County Bar Association, Family Law and Practice Committee MeetingThe Allocation of Stock Options Upon Dissolution of Marriage1998