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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney who doesn't use complex legal jargon and is a “real person” can be difficult. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and they should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.

Your attorney should be accessible.

You deserve a responsive legal team that communicates regularly and promptly returns your calls.  Although legal matters can take time, you should feel confident in the progress of your case.

Your attorney should be realistic about costs and outcomes.

You want a favorable outcome as efficiently as possible. Your attorney should set realistic expectations on costs, concerns about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you can expect your case to take.

  • Navigating Marital Property Division
  • As you go through a divorce, understanding how marital property is handled is crucial. In Illinois, marital property, which includes assets acquired during your marriage, is divided equitably. This doesn't always mean equally, but rather in a fair way, based on your situation. As your family law lawyer, we help you navigate this complex process, whether it's through mutual agreements or court determinations. Remember, properties owned prior to the marriage usually remain separate, provided they were maintained separately throughout the marriage. We'll assist you in identifying and classifying your assets to ensure a fair division.
  • Child Custody and Parenting Time Decisions
  • Child custody is a central aspect of divorce proceedings involving children. As your attorney in Downers Grove, we focus on ensuring that parenting time and decision-making authority are arranged in the best interests of your children. The allocation of parenting time, which replaces the traditional concept of physical custody, can vary greatly. From alternating weeks to splitting weeks or allocating the majority of time with one parent, we work with you to find the best arrangement for your family's unique circumstances.
  • The Role of Downers Grove Attorneys in Your Family Law Case
  • In Downers Grove, attorneys like us play a pivotal role in guiding you through these challenging family law matters. Our goal is to ensure that you're fully informed and supported in making decisions that affect you and your children. We understand that every family's situation is different, and we're committed to providing personalized, compassionate legal assistance. From property division to parenting time, we're here to help you navigate the legal aspects of your divorce, ensuring your rights and interests are protected every step of the way.

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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

4949 Forest Ave., Ste. 1B

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

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Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be experienced at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of experience.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

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Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

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In the following video, Downers Grove family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

Recent Changes To Illinois Divorce Laws

Our Downers Grove family law team is here to help you understand some of the recent changes to family law in Illinois.

2016 brought many changes to Illinois Divorce Law, which were intended to reduce the likelihood of disputes and modernize the divorce process.  Below are some of the most important revisions to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act:

  • Grounds for Divorce:  Prior to 2016, grounds for divorce could be either irreconcilable differences or a myriad of more specific statutory grounds, such as adultery or substance abuse.  The waiting period during which couples were required to live separate and apart was longer for irreconcilable differences than if the party seeking divorce pled one of the specific statutory grounds for divorce.  Now, the only ground for divorce in Illinois is irreconcilable differences.  The parties must live separate and apart for 6 months prior to divorce.  However, this requirement can now be waived by agreement of the parties. 
  • Custody and Parental Responsibility: The terms "custodial parent," "non-custodial parent" and "visitation" are no longer used.  Instead of determining custody, the divorce court now determines the "allocation of parental time and responsibility." By no longer referring to the parent who receives less time with the child as the "non-custodial" parent, the legislature hoped to soften the blow on that party and reduce disputes.  Responsibility for major decisions is also now divided into four categories, which will be divided among the parents: medical decisions, educational decisions, religious decisions, and extra-curricular decisions. 
  • Parental Relocation: Prior to 2016, the custodial parent could move anywhere in the state of Illinois without a court order, but needed court approval to move out of state.  According to the new law, parents can move within 25 miles in-state or out-of-state without seeking court approval.  Outside of the Chicagoland area, parents are permitted to move 50 miles without court approval, unless the move is out of state. 

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove Family Law Attorneys on recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

In this video, Downers Grove divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses divorce petitions.

Filing A Petition For Divorce in Downers Grove

Our Downers Grove family law lawyers use the following article to explain how to file a petition for dissolution of marriage in DuPage County.

Your petition for dissolution of marriage should inform the court as to the factual background of the marriage, the assets and debts of the couple, and any other issues between the parties. We include discussions on how to determine the proper venue for your divorce petition and what information needs to be included in the divorce petition.  

Read the full article by our Downers Grove family law lawyers on how to file a divorce petition.

For this video, Downers Grove family lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the division of property in Illinois divorce cases.

Maintenance Awards in Divorce: Factors Illinois Courts Consider

In this article, our Downers Grove family law attorneys explain the factors that courts consider in determining whether spousal maintenance is appropriate, how family law courts calculate the amount and duration of spousal maintenance under Illinois guidelines, and how Illinois family law courts determine when to deviate from the guidelines for amount and duration of spousal maintenance.

Read the full article by our Downers Grove family law lawyers explaining Spousal Maintenance in Illinois.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Family Law Attorneys