Chicago Office

2 N. Riverside Plaza, Ste 1830
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-897-2010
Fax: 847-637-5140

Crystal Lake Office

333 Commerce Dr., Ste 900
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-455-3000
Fax: 815-455-3049


Schaumburg Office

1990 Algonquin Rd., Ste 240
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-637-5140
Fax: 847-637-5140



Bruning & Associates Divorce Attorney Wins Cook County Divorce Case

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Bruning & Associates divorce attorney Meredith C. Janes recently saved client’s house and pension, and substantially limited the maintenance and property awarded to his wife in a Chicago Cook County divorce case. Husband was awarded his home and pension plan as his sole and exclusive property because Attorney Janes was able to show that wife made no substantial contributions to the home or husband’s employment efforts during the course of a long-term marriage. Husband’s monthly maintenance payment was greatly reduced to half of the statutory amount and limited to 1 year duration instead of the statutory duration of almost 7 years due to Attorney Janes’ ability to show that wife was purposefully underemployed. Managing Attorney Kevin W. Bruning assisted Attorney Janes.  

Child Support Law Update

Child Support Law Update from our very own Mary D. Sump, Associate Attorney:

"The Illinois House and Senate passed House Bill 3982. If Governor Rauner signs this bill into law, Illinois courts will no longer use the “percentage of income” model to determine child support, but would instead use the “income sharing” model. The new law would provide more specificity than the current law, and it would take into account a parent’s additional expenses, working potential, and parenting time. It would go into effect on July 1, 2017. Stay tuned!


A Safer Ride for School Children in Illinois

The Second District Appellate Court has ruled in favor of a mother who is seeking damages for the sexual assault of her daughter by her bus driver. Our own Associate Attorney Nathan Reyes was instrumental in securing this victory for families in Illinois.

The plaintiff in this lawsuit, Doe v. Sanchez, is the mother of a child who was inappropriately touched by her bus driver. The bus driver worked for a private company who was contracted by the child’s school district. The mother sued the bus driver and the bus driver’s company, alleging that the company was liable for the misconduct of its employee. The company filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that because it is not a common carrier it could not be responsible for an assault by one of its employees on a passenger. In Illinois, a “common carrier” is a transportation business or service that provides transportation to the entire public. A common carrier owes a high standard of care to its passengers, and the business or entity can be held liable for actions of its employees, including criminal acts.

The plaintiff argued that even though the bus company

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Visitation Rights for Family Members

In January 2016, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was amended, and a new section was added that created the right of certain family members who are not parents to file a petition for visitation with a child.  This new section applies to grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, and step-parents of a child. 

Petitions for visitation by non-parents can be brought by grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings, or step-parents only in cases where there has been an unreasonable denial of visitation by the child’s parent, and the denial has caused the child undue mental, physical, or emotional harm.  The judge will consider many factors in these cases, such as

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