Family Law Services

We balance the client's unique, immediate, emotional needs with a realistic assessment of future requirements.

Then we get to work, framing the strategy and long-term solution.

Negotiation and Litigation related to:

Adoption

Like marriage, adoption is a legal means of adding someone to your immediate family. Adoption can be a complex and time-consuming process.

Annulment

Illinois law states that annulment is a "declaration of invalidity of marriage." It is a court order that renders a marriage invalid, revoking its state-recognized status.

Bankruptcy in a Divorce

Financial difficulties can take a heavy toll on a marriage. In some cases, the strain becomes too much for the spouses to bear.

Business Valuations

Divorce is similar to a business transaction, and in many divorces, setting a value on and dividing the family business is a major concern.

Child Custody

Child custody can be the most contentious and emotional issue in a divorce. Parents and children may need experienced help to negotiate an arrangement that suits both the child's needs ...

Child Removal and Relocation

Child removal can be one of the most contentious and emotionally-charged issues to arise during or after a divorce in Illinois. If you and your (former) spouse are currently involved in this type of dispute...

Child Support

Divorce is a stressful and emotionally trying process. When children are involved, however, the battle between spouses can become even more contentious. In any divorce involving children, both parents presumably want what is best for the child or children.

Civil Unions

With the passing of the "Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act" in December 2010, unmarried, unrelated adults of any sexual orientation who are at least 18 years of age will be able to enter into a civil union once the new law goes into effect in July 2011.

Collaborative Law, Divorce and Mediation

Collaborative divorce and mediation are two options that can be used separately or together to finalize a divorce without unnecessary fighting or animosity.

Complex High Asset Divorce

When divorcing spouses have high value assets between them, proceedings can become extremely contentious and drawn out because each individual wants to retain their fair portion of the assets involved, yet it is very difficult to determine an equitable distribution of assets.

Confidentiality Agreements

A confidentiality agreement protects sensitive legal, business or other information by requiring that said matters be kept private and are not disclosed to uninvolved parties.

Custody and Visitation Issues

Child custody in Illinois includes two separate types of custody. Legal custody describes who makes important decisions on behalf of the child.

Dissolution of Marriage

In Illinois, divorce proceedings begin when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and serves a copy on the other spouse.

Divorce

In Illinois, the process of divorce begins when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

Domestic Partnership Agreement

Today, many couples are choosing alternatives to marriage.

Family Law

Family law covers a wide range of issues pertaining to families, including marriage, paternity, custody, domestic partnership, children, adoption, and divorce.

Grandparents' Rights

Grandparents have a right to visitation with their grandchildren. Depending on the circumstances of a specific case, grandparents could even be awarded custody of their grandchild.

Hidden Assets in Divorce

The process of dividing assets in a divorce is almost always a difficult matter. Contentious disputes must be resolved, complex assets must be sorted out, and, in some cases, hidden assets must be discovered.

LGBT Family Law

Same-sex couples go through the same legal issues as heterosexual couples when it comes to issues such as drafting pre-nuptial agreements, divorce/separation, child custody, child visitation, child support and alimony.

Joint Custody

Joint custody allows both parents to maintain the power to make important decisions for their child.

Maintenance

Illinois law permits courts to order maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony, under appropriate circumstances after a divorce.

Military Divorce

When considering a divorce, especially when one or both individuals involved are members of the Armed Services, it is important to speak with a dedicated military divorce attorney who understands the complexities involved.

Illinois Mediation

Ending a marriage is one of the biggest decisions that couples can make and oftentimes, one of most traumatic.

Order of Protection

An order of protection in Illinois divorce courts is a civil order that protects a person from someone who is harming them.

Paternity

Illinois state law considers paternity to be the parental relationship established between a man and a child dependent on a number of various factors.

Pet Custody

Since there are few laws concerning pet custody and divorce, if you do end up in front of a judge, you'll want to present a strong case.

Post-decree Dispute

An Illinois post-decree proceeding takes place after a decree of divorce, legal separation or dissolution of marriage occurs.

Post-nuptial Agreement

A post-nuptial agreement is a legal document that can relate to a wide variety of subject matter including financial issues, maintenance, property and asset division in the event of a divorce, separation or death of a spouse.

Pre-nuptial Agreement

Pre-nuptial agreements in Illinois are legal documents which codify a couple's intent prior to getting married.

Property Division

You are thinking of filing for divorce or the process is already underway. What will happen to your house?

Retirement Accounts

Deciding to end a marriage can be more difficult than the choice of getting married in the first place.

Same-Sex Adoption

The legal landscape for same-sex couples in Illinois has vastly improved from what it was even a decade ago. The loopholes that previously tripped up even the most air-tight adoption applications are no longer.

Separation

Let's face it; we all reach the end of our rope at some point. For many people, this happens in their relationship with their spouse.

Sole Custody

A divorce can be one of the most traumatic events in a person's life, but you don't have to be a victim.

Uncontested vs Contested Divorce

It is understandable for divorcing spouses to endure enormous amounts of emotional and mental distress due to their intimate history and the implications of starting a new life apart from one another.

Visitation

Children are at the center of many family law disputes.

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