Divorce Proceedings

When a family reaches the irreconcilable point where the husband and wife know they must be better off separate than together, a personalized legal strategy and a zealous advocate will help you move your family forward. We can efficiently get the clean break from your former spouse that considers all of the efforts that you have put into the relationship.

Classically, marriage is an investment. Every spouse wishes to see both a financial and emotional return on the relationship.  Our attorneys can provide the service of representation as you seek to move on from the conflict and into the next prosperous period of your life.

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Illinois Dissolution of Marriage Act changes in these key ways:

  • All fault based divorce is eliminated.
  • All separation period requirements are eliminated.
  • Final decrees must now be entered within 60 days of the closing of proofs.
  • Child support and maintenance are now heard on a summary basis rather than a mandatory evidentiary hearing.
  • Parenting Agreements must be submitted to the court within 120 days of filing.
  • Student loan payments are now considered a deduction from net income for purposes of child support and maintenance.
  • Educational breakpoints have been established for maintenance requirements.
  • All distinctions between joint, sole, legal, residential or visitation custody are eliminated.  The new laws focus on parental responsibilities and parenting time.
  • Child custody agreements have become easier to modify.
  • Relocation out of state has become easier.
  • Relocation in-state has become easier.

Custodial Disputes

In every custodial dispute, the attorney has the responsibility of protecting the relationship of the parent with his or her child.  We currently handle the litigation responsibilities and ongoing enforcement responsibilities of drafting and maintaining joint parenting plans in Illinois.  We know the difficulty in resolving communications issues within a family, even when those communications concern the most important people to a family, the children.

The attorneys here know the difficulty for any parent to allow an attorney, the Court, or even another family member to say a word about how to raise and care for the child.  

It is our mission and goal in these cases to protect the cherished relationship between parent and child in a way that creates the opportunities for your children to grow into the fine adults we wish them to be.