Frequently Asked Questions

If you are facing divorce, you likely have many questions during this difficult time. Here, we address some common concerns people have when they come to our conveniently located offices in Chicago (loop), Lake Forest and Lisle.

Divorce

If you are facing divorce, you likely have many questions during this difficult time. Here, we address some common concerns people have when they come to our conveniently located offices in Chicago (loop), Lake Forest and Lisle.

How long will my divorce take?

Unfortunately, the timeframe for a divorce is very difficult to determine―and you should be cautious of any attorney who claims to know the answer. Lawyers you speak with will only hear your side of the story, which may be 100% correct, but that doesn’t tell any lawyer what the other side is going to claim or do. Generally, the length of a divorce depends on your particular situation as well as factors beyond your control, such as:

  • The degree to which you and your spouse agree on issues
  • The cooperation between you and your spouse
  • The court schedule in a particular county

In circumstances where both spouses agree on every issue, a divorce can usually be completed in a few weeks (this is called an “uncontested divorce”). However, if the parties cannot agree on custody, property division or other matters, a divorce can take at least a year or more. If there are issues involving concealed or hidden assets, a divorce can take as long as several years to complete.

How much will my divorce cost?

Our firm takes pride in the quality of our work and in our ability to keep our fees reasonable and competitive in the Chicago metro area.

Just as with the length of a divorce, no attorney can predict what a contested divorce will cost because we never know what the other side is going to do. The cost is closely related to the time (as all law offices work on an hourly basis), but we work hard to be efficient and pragmatic in moving your case to a conclusion. We do this by ensuring that each client is properly attended to and communicated with throughout the case.

This is the best way of ensuring the case stays within a budget is through personal attention and constant contact with our clients to make sure you are not just another file or number like many offices that operate “volume” practices. Rather, our experienced, compassionate, and (when needed) aggressive attorneys focus on the individual needs of each client.

As a result, we will not be your least expensive option for a divorce lawyer nor will we be your most expensive. Instead, we strive to offer our clients exceptional legal service for the best value possible.

Custody

We regularly assist clients with child custody matters as part of the divorce process, as separate litigation for unmarried couples, and can help with custody issues that arise after a divorce has been finalized. Here are some common concerns our clients have when they come to our offices.

Will I have to pay for my child's college education?

Often, child support agreements will include provisions about expenses for college or higher education. We believe providing for the payments of your children’s higher education, to be of the utmost importance in agreements.

As such, we work hard to include college funding as part of a divorce settlement. However, since college is often many years down the road from a divorce, Illinois law allows parents to defer the decision of how much each should be required to contribute to college until your child is ready to attend.

If I have joint custody, do I have to pay child support?

In most custody cases, the child or children end up living with one parent the majority of the time, and the parent with primary care responsibilities is entitled to child support. This means that if you are the primary caretaker or custodial parent of a child or children, you are entitled to child support. The minimum amount of child support is set by Illinois law.