Divorce & Family Law
Some marriages last for decades, some for only a short time. No matter how you slice it, a high percentage of marriages end in divorce. Divorce is time consuming, costly, and often highly emotional. It makes sense to hire a lawyer who can keep an even keel while making sure the divorce moves along without bogging down or costing you a small fortune. You don't want a full-fledged blowout in court—those are expensive and rarely have a good ending. You want steady, competent, and strategic representation focused not only on the results, but on how to get there.That’s where I come in.
Keep in mind, my goal is to negotiate a reasonable settlement for our clients. I will always go to trial if I have to, but a divorce trial is usually a worst case scenario that will leave everyone involved in a worse state when it’s all over. If you are looking for a guy who will pound the table, call opposing counsel names, and get emotionally involved, I can give you a few names. That approach does not benefit my clients and it is not how I handle cases. I take a more nuanced approach, trying to resolve issues before they come to a head. I prefer strategy over theatrics.
Some married couples have figured out that they want to get divorced and are able to come to an agreement on the terms without involving lawyers. When that happens, I can help one of the spouses prepare all of the documents necessary to move forward with an uncontested divorce. Of course, it is always possible that what was once an uncontested divorce will run into a roadblock and become a contested divorce. If so, I am well equipped to litigate the case through to the end or refer it to a colleague. Either way, I have you covered.
What Kind of Cases Do I Take?
I tend to only take on divorce cases that fit certain criteria. Typically, those cases are divorces that are primarily focused on division of assets, uncontested divorce matters, and adoptions.
I evaluated all possible cases on a case-by-case basis, but in general I do not take any of the following cases:
Matters involving DCFS;
Matters involving an order of protection, domestic violence, or stalking no-contact order;
Contested divorce matters focused on parenting time or parental responsibility; or
Post-judgment adjustments to parenting time or parental responsibility unless it is an agreed-upon adjustment that just needs to be put into effect by the Court.