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.